With a film about his life being released into cinemas next year, Eddie the Eagle is offering winners the chance to ski jump with him in Courchevel in October this year and then in January 2016. The winners of a competition will receive two weeks of professional training in Courchevel and jumping alongside Eddie.
Organised by Alp Leisure Ltd in support of Ski 4 Cancer, the four winners of the competition will train for one week in October (12th – 19th), followed by a final week at the end of January. The training will take place at the Olympic Ski Jump Centre in Le Praz Courchevel, by French World Cup ex-Ski Jumpers (Club des Sports de Courchevel).
The extensive training will be a balanced mix of practical and theory, with the participants practicing on the 10m, 25m and 60m hills as their level of competence improves, with the 90m large hill the ultimate goal.
The climax of the challenge will be when the participants join Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards on the Ski Jump. As well as jumping, Eddie will also participate with training and advice
The winners will also be invited as guests to the French National Summer Challenge, with a chance to meet some of the local ski jumpers training for the competition and the 2016 Youth Olympics. They will also get the chance to meet Olympic Bronze Medalist Coline Mattel who will be competing at the contest.
Entrees to the competition must not only fit the criteria of being competent skiers (comfortable on black runs), but must also prove to the organisers that they have a fearless daredevil streak and that their knees won't buckle at the sight of the ski jump. The winners will need to be available for the week of the 12th-19th October 2015, as well as the 25th-31st January 2016.
Chris Learoyd, owner of Alp Leisure Ltd, wanted to support Ski 4 Cancer through this event and commented, 'like many families cancer has touched our lives profoundly as we lost our sister-in-law, Helen last year to lung cancer. Helen always enjoyed coming to the mountains in Courchevel and after she passed away Kevin and their three youngsters came out to spend some time with us in one of our chalets. We believe the wonder of the mountains and the joy of learning to ski helped, which is why we are very happy to support Ski 4 Cancer'.