Isabel Nowell – Alpine Ski Racer
Who is Isabel
Name - Isabel ‘Izzy’ Nowell
YOB - 2008
Sport - Alpine ski racing
Nation - Great Britain
Clubs - Lions Ski Club (Yorkshire) / EDEP (Italy)
Training venues - Snozone Yorkshire / Montgenevre (France)
Multiple British Indoor and Alpine champion
Multiple English Alpine champion
26 wins in 32 competitive races
Disciplines – Currently Slalom, Giant Slalom (GS), Combi and a bit of Super Giant Slalom (SG)
Other sports – Triathlon, distance running, cycling, swimming, rugby, football, basketball, cricket, climbing, canoeing……
Aspirations – to represent GB in international children’s racing when old enough. To be the best skier possible through focus and hard work. Then one day, who knows?
More about Izzy
Izzy first put on a pair of skis aged 2 ½ for a Lions Ski Club session at the Snozone indoor slope in West Yorkshire. Racing wasn’t part of the plan, Mum and Dad were just concerned that a small child who couldn’t ski was going to ruin their ski holidays! Lions were fantastic, Izzy progressed rapidly and was soon winning the club race series every year. Holidays continued and soon Izzy was leaving Mum and Dad in her spray.
Finally, in 2016, Izzy was old enough to compete in national level races. In her first year she won the British Indoor title for her age group, an event she has now won four times in a row. 2017 brought her first Alpine races in Austria, where Izzy won gold medals in slalom, GS and SG. The winter of 2016/17 also marked the beginning of Izzy’s alpine training, working with EDEP (European Development & Excellence Programme) under coaches Stephen Edwards and Richard Breese, training in Austria, France and Italy.
2017/18 was Izzy’s first full alpine season racing and training. 15 weeks away from home and school all over Europe, training indoors and out. The results came with the hard work though, winning double gold at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy and the GS title at the British Alpine Championships in Tignes, France, where she was the fastest girl in all age groups of the race.
The 2018/19 season was a tough, with a wrist injury limiting training and racing. A gold and silver at the English Champs were just rewards for the grit and determination showning a coming back from this setback.
Currently Izzy has just returned from training in Austria, France and Italy in preparation for the English and British Championships later in the season. She continues to train with EDEP in Italy/France and Lions Ski Club at Snozone Castleford when in the UK. Izzy will soon become eligible for selection for international racing, potentially representing GB. This will bring a whole new level of competition from the true alpine nations, so training will need to be increased accordingly; a massive effort when trying to balance with education!
You can keep up with Izzy’s progress in her blog below, which will be updated regularly.
Izzy and Involution
Izzy works extremely hard both within her skiing and on general fitness. She is focused, determined and always willing to go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcome. A solid foundation in the fundamental skills required to perform makes excellence achievable. These are very much the attributes which Involution see in Izzy and which are clear in Involution’s approach to their business. Izzy (and family) are very grateful to Michael and Tim from Involution for having the foresight to see the potential Izzy has and how this can really benefit both parties in a, hopefully, long and fruitful future working together.
What’s Izzy up to
January 2020 – Back to Montgenevre with EDEP for a great block of training with my Australian EDEP team mates. Fantastic conditions, loads of snow and sunshine.
December 2019 – Christmas free skiing in Austria with one of my coaches and his family of awesome skiers. Lots of powder, great fun and more skills.