Four time Olympian Chemmy Alcott will be appointed to the role of Honorary President after several years as an ambassador for the Ski Club.

Britain’s most successful female alpine skier will take on the new role at the forthcoming AGM on 16th November. She takes over from BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner OBE who has held the position of President for the last 7 years.

Chemmy, who at one point was ranked 8th in the world, has been a household name in the British ski scene since she first started racing. There are few, if any figures in British skiing who would be better suited to the role; Chemmy has previously won 7 British overall titles and represented the country at four Olympic Games. For three years, Chemmy has represented the Club as an ambassador at numerous public appearances, however her involvement with the Club goes back much further:

“For as long as I can remember I have been involved with the Ski Club of Great Britain. From learning to ski in Flaine over 30 years ago, where the Ski Club had a big presence and their jackets were visible in every lift queue, to being a family member, followed by the opportunity of becoming an Ambassador, it really is the back bone of British skiing, a hub to feel part of this huge winter passion that we have in the UK.”

Since retiring after the 2014 Olympic Games, Chemmy has become a mother and runs a successful ski school with her husband, Dougie. The BBC Ski Sunday presenter and Eurosport commentator was asked to assume the role by the late Ski Club CEO, Frank McCusker earlier this year.

“Before his untimely death, Frank McCusker asked if I would accept the honour of becoming Honorary President of the Ski Club of Great Britain, I was blown away by his belief that I could rise to such an incredible and important role. In part in Frank's honour but also because I want to keep supporting and building on the energy we have created for skiing, especially in this exciting Winter Olympic year, I am absolutely delighted to accept and feel privileged to be part of this fantastic Club.”

Ski Club Chairman Robert Crowder said:

“We are extremely excited to have Chemmy Alcott as our Honorary President. She is such an exceptional role model who has performed at the highest level in our sport. She has an infectious enthusiasm and is highly respected and widely recognised within our sector. She will be an outstanding figurehead and we look forward to working with her.”