Frank Gardner announced as the NEW Ski Club President

The Ski Club's new president - Frank Gardner - was elected at the Club's annual general meeting on 24 November 2011

Frank Gardner, the BBC's award-winning Security Correspondent, welcomed the nomination at the Ski Club's AGM and demonstrated his charisma with a witty insight into his skiing background. Referring to himself as "a late developer in skiing" Frank chatted about skiing as a teenage trainee biathlete with the British Army, and Nordic skiing across the Arctic Circle in his gap year. When he finally graduated to downhill skiing at the age of 23, Frank enjoyed the opportunity to explore some of the world's more unusual slopes in Iran, Lebanon and Transylvania.

Gardner has reported for the BBC from all over the Middle East on a wide range of international and domestic security issues. He was shot six times by terrorists at close range while on assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004. He survived to return to work in a wheelchair and was awarded the OBE by the Queen the following year.

After his gunshot injuries Gardner retrained to ski in a sitski and has since competed in the BBC Ski Sunday Slalom at Courmayeur, coming - according to him - spectacularly last! He spoke of his determination at the Ski Club AGM: "After I was shot I knew there were two things I just couldn't give up - I had to keep skiing and scuba diving."

Ski Club Chairman Neil Britten said: "it's an inspiring experience to meet Frank. He has tremendous energy and zeal and a significant public profile. We are delighted he is the new Ski Club President"

Frank Gardner responded to his nomination and election: "It is a great honour to join your community and club, a real privilege. I'm looking forward to being involved directly with the sport I love."

ENDS

For more information please contact Ski Club of Great Britain PR Manager Daniel Loots -  daniel.loots@skiclub.co.uk

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