This year’s Winter Olympics and Paralympics marked a significant milestone in a very exciting journey for Great Britain. PyeongChang 2018 saw Team GB win a combined twelve medals – four of which were from Welsh athlete Menna Fitzpatrick.

This achievement, and a newfound enthusiasm, is not least down to the appointment of Dan Hunt as Performance Director for British Ski and Snowboard in 2016. Hunt made his mark in our country’s sporting history for his role with British Cycling, elevating Team GB into one of the best cycling teams in the world. Starting out in 2005, he used his knowledge and background to advance the women’s endurance squad who secured two medals in Beijing 2008, followed by the men’s team who achieved notable success in London 2012.

Hunt has now turned his attention to wintersports and wants to replicate the success and momentum of the summer games. He is on a mission to train up the best athletes ahead of the Winter Olympics 2030 and has set a long-term goal for Team GB to be in the top five medal-winning nations by this time.

Now is a pivotal moment for winter sports in Great Britain, and our new all-season centre will be part of developing a lot more future skiers and snowboarders.

This ambitious medal goal will require significant investment in terms of time, money and training. Rhydycar West would be a major step forward in this transformation, creating a National Centre of Excellence for the current and next generation of GB Olympians.

This snow centre could make Rhydycar West the future home of the Olympic team and become a stepping stone for Welsh youth in particular to stand on the medal platform in 2030. All of this, combined with a new way of educating and training our youngsters, and instilling a passion and belief in them that they can make it big, could very well propel us to Winter Olympics glory.