Sir John Ritblat has been providing funding and support for British Snow Sports for almost 40 years.
Without Sir John, and the backing of British Land and then Delancey it is quite possible that skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain would not be competing at the highest level of our sport as they currently are.
The Pery Medal was instituted in 1929 by Hon E.C. Pery, later the Earl of Limerick DSO, who was President of the Ski Club from 1925-27. This week the award was presented to Sir John by the current Earl of Limerick, grandson of E.C. Pery. The Medal was presented at the Ski Club's clubhouse in Wimbledon in the presence of a number of industry figures and British Ski and Snowboard Athletes.
The Pery Medal, one of Ski Club's Inspire Awards may be awarded to a skier, individual or organization of any nationality who have either:
- Made a notable contribution to our knowledge of mountain craft in relation to skiing
- Achieved distinction in exploration on skis
- Notably advanced the technique of skiing
- Made an outstanding contribution to the success of competitive international skiing
- Made an outstanding contribution to the development of snowsports