easyJet sponsors team GB skier and Bristol student Ben Emsley

easyJet has announced a sponsorship with 20 year old Ben Emsley, a member of the Great British Telemark Skiing team, the company said.

The airline is providing flight support for Ben, who is also an engineering and maths student at the University of Bristol, to enable him to train to his full potential, and compete internationally.

easyJet flew the athlete to Geneva for two weeks of rigorous training in the snow sport in November, and this week has flown Ben to the Austrian World Cup. This is the first of numerous World Cups and Championships Ben will compete in for the 2017/2018 season.

Ben Emsley started Telemark skiing when he was 16, and was selected to represent Great Britain after placing 2nd in his age category at the French Championships, and 4th overall. The snow sport focuses on carving, combining elements of alpine racing, Nordic skate skiing and ski jumping. The sport is becoming increasingly popular, and they Telemark community are hoping that it will feature as an event in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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