CDC Performance Coaches: FIS - Charlie Luke

Name:Charlie Luke
Age: 20
Role:CDC FIS Coach 

 

Credentials:

Throughout my life I have always been skiing and at age 12 started ski racing, I was also one of the first athletes to join CDC when they first started in New Zealand 2015. And have now been a coach for CDC for the last 2 years. 

Some of my achievements in the sport are:

  • u16 English Champion for SG

  • u16/u18 British Ski team 

  • BASI level 2 instructor 
     

I competed in ski racing for 7 years and for the last 8 years have been a part of CDC team! 

What have you been doing the last 5 years?
Over the last 5 years I have been up to lots of stuff, from building, travelling, ski racing as one of Chemmy and Dougie’s athletes, but mostly out in Europe coaching! Recently I have just picked up a job converting campers vans which I also love and keeps me busy when I’m back in the UK and not skiing! 

Why are you passionate about skiing?

Skiing for me is freedom, there is nothing else like it, I have grown up skiing since I was 2 years old and for me there is not a place where I am more comfortable. 

What do you love about coaching?

The thing I love about coaching is seeing the progression of an athlete as time goes on, both on and off the slope. 

Best day ever on skis?

This is really hard for me to decide but I think it has got to be the day I landed my first double backflip on a dreamy powder day in Verbier! 

3 words to describe yourself?

  • Happy

  • Hard Working

  • Fun (Hopefully) 
     

Your biggest strength as a coach?

I think my biggest strength as a coach is being able to relate to the athletes as I was a ski racer myself, I feel like I can understand everything the athlete is feeling both physically and mentally as it was me in that position only 2 years ago!

What do you bring to Team CDC?

I feel that I have good knowledge of the sport, as well as finding and following what the athlete would like out of all of this, I feel that I can find the correct balance of fun and hard work at the same time to get the best out of the athlete’s