After the great success and popularity of this year’s Ex RACING ICE 1, the 2017 Army Ice Camp promises to be a larger event than ever before. Regiments and Corps from across the Army will send participants to learn how to pilot a Bobsleigh, Skeleton bobsleigh or Luge Bobsleigh in a professional yet fun environment. The aim of the week is to train and select participants to return to Ex RI 2 in order to race as representatives of their units. Those successful at Ex RI 2 will stand a good chance of being selected to represent the Army at the Inter Service Championships. This is not an opportunity to relax over a few beers. This is a serious training exercise with the sole intent to train and select sportsmen for future events, the AWSA will be looking for quality not quantity.
Exercise Racing Ice I (2017) is the Army Winter Sports Associations’ (AWSA) annual introduction to Ice Sports event. For the purposes of this exercise Ice Sports includes the disciplines of Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton.
Week One, 25 Nov to 2 Dec 2017
Week Two, 2 Dec to 9 Dec 2017
Participants are only able to practice one of the three disciplines during their time in resort. All participants must be a current member of the AWSA (£15 per year). Failure to adhere to this will result in your application being rejected. You must join the ASL by the end of September 2017 for this to be effective on the JPA system and to take your first payment by 1 October 2017. This must be confirmed by the Manager, ASL (01252 787065) prior to the closing date (28 October 2017). Participants who are members of the Army Sports Lottery (ASL) will have their entry fee reduced pro rata, dependent on the amount of tickets held, (£25 per ticket).
HOW TO APPLY
Ex RI1 is open to all army personnel from regular and reservist units. All participants must be medically fit, have an annual membership with the Army Winter Sports Association (AWSA) (£15 per year). Failure to adhere to this will result in your application being rejected. Participants who are members of the Army Sports Lottery (ASL) will have their entry fee reduced pro rata, dependent on the amount of tickets held, (£25 per ticket). You must join the ASL by the end of September 2017 for this to be effective on the JPA system and to take your first payment by 1 October 2017. This must be confirmed by the Manager, ASL (01252 787065) prior to the closing date (28 October 2017).
EX RACING ICE 1 Entry Form – All entry forms are to be submitted to Ms Diane Walters at AWSA, c/o ASCB, MacKenzie building, Fox Lines, Queen’s avenue, Aldershot, HANTS, GU11 2LG.
Further information from WO2 G Holmes 94659 5519 or 01223 205519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION / PROGRAMME
EX RI 1 2017 will consist of two training weeks:
Week One, 25 Nov to 2 Dec 2017
Week Two, 2 Dec to 9 Dec 2017
Participants are to ensure that they have written evidence of their insurance policies, EHIC cards and medical clearance from their units for inspection. Failure to produce any of the above documents will result in a person being unable to slide.
Note that some individuals will be selected to represent their units at EXERCISE RACING ICE 2 which is the Army Novice, Junior and Senior Championship. Those selected will be issued with an administration instruction upon return to their base location.
MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT
Participants will require their own transport to and from the APOD in the UK. In Austria, all participants will be transported by AWSA means. Units traveling from Germany are requested to assist with the shuttling of participants to the track on a daily basis.
Ex RI1 accommodation will be within the village of Lans (20 minutes from Innsbruck Airport). The cost of accommodation is included within the package deal. The hotel is Gasthof-Pension Walzl, Dorfstrasse 56, A-6072 Lans, Tirol, Austria.
The estimated cost for the Ex RI 1 package deal (which includes; ½ board accommodation, return transport from London Gatwick to Innsbruck and Track fees) for UK based units is £500, for Germany based units is £450 and for RN units is £700. A deduction of £100 per person will be made to those who become members of the AWSA at a cost of £15 per year, details can be found at the AWSA website or MOSS page. You must join the ASL by the end of September 2017 for this to be effective on the JPA system and to take your first payment by 1 October 2017. This must be confirmed by the Manager, ASL (01252 787065) prior to the closing date (28 October 2017). Due to unprecedented demand, AWSA funding for Ex RI 1 is under review as the total number of participants are confirmed.
A guide to the breakdown of costs per person is indicated in the table below (all costs are approximate figures and in £):
|Package deal UK based||500||Rtn flight LGW-INN, 6 nights @ €38/night (1/2 Bd) and track fees|
|Package deal Ger/Cyprus based||450||6 nights @ €38/night (1/2 Bd) and track fees|
|Package deal RN units||700||AS ABOVE|
|Equipment hire||0||Army Ice Sports provide|
|Personal safety equipment||50-100||Helmets, Gloves etc|
|Lunch||70||Approx £10 per day|
|Ice sports insurance||15||Per person per week|
Units are requested to support individuals to keep costs to a minimum. Individuals should expect to pay no more than 1/3 of the total cost to attend as a personal contribution.
Other costs can be covered from CILOR, Army Sports Lottery grants, COPF, Berlin Memorial Fund (if applicable).
Please note that participants accommodated at Gasthoff Walzl should be prepared to settle any outstanding bar bills on the day of departure promptly. Failure to do so will result in a letter being sent to the Unit Adjt.
EQUIPMENT and INSURANCE
All equipment is provided, less the following, which individuals are to provide:
- Bob – Crash helmet, gloves and needle spikes (further info from email@example.com ;
- Luge – Gloves (issue flying gloves/cross country skiing gloves recommended) (further info from firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Skeleton – Gloves and needle spikes (further info from email@example.com).
All participants must have valid ice sports insurance and a valid EHIC card. Insurance can be obtained from Towergate Wilson (01242 533792) or Insignia Underwriting (tel: +44 (0) 1722 597980 ), and EHIC cards are available free of charge online through www.ehic.org.uk. Note that other websites may charge up to £50 to middleman the application, so please ensure your soldiers use the official NHS/Gov site.
Video from the 2013 Ice Camp – Exercise Racing Ice
** warning contains mild expletive at the end of vidoe**