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‘Kristian Gover Memorial Award’ - Snowsports Bursary

Kriatian Gover Action Photo

Former Cardiff University student, Flight Lieutenant Kristian Gover, is continually commemorated as a result of the establishment of a Sport & Exercise Snowsports Bursary in 2006.

The ‘Kristian Gover Memorial Award’ is awarded on an annual basis to the most deserving snowsport athlete currently studying at Cardiff University.

Kristian studied Modern History and Politics at Cardiff University and graduated from the School of European Studies in 1996. He then joined the RAF, having been a member of the University Air Squadron, and served as a Puma helicopter pilot with 33 Squadron based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. He was tragically killed in a helicopter accident at Basra International airport in Iraq on the morning of 19th July 2004.


A full and active life


Kristian led a full and active life during his time at Cardiff University. A member of the University skiing team and later, the RAF ski team, Kristian became a specialist in downhill skiing, in particular Giant Slalom and Super G, and was also a very good off-piste skier. He regularly went snowboarding and mono-skiing, as well as developing a strong interest in telemark. Alongside this, Kristian was also a keen runner, squash player and rugby player.


The ‘Kristian Gover Memorial Award’


Kristian’s family have chosen to remember him through establishing a Sport & Exercise Sports Bursary, given his love of Cardiff University and in particular his passion for skiing. In this way, the ‘Kristian Gover Memorial Award’ will support future Cardiff University students with a similar talent for and love of skiing.