This fund supports young up and coming British female skiers in their journey to fulfilling their dreams of competing for their country at Winter Olympic Games.
The Penny Mabey Fund was established in 1990 by a major donation from Penny Mabey herself. She had a lifelong passion, if not obsession, with skiing given to her by her mother and which she passed on to all members of her family. An active member of the Ladies’ Ski Club, Penny (1923-2002) was the matriarch of a large family and wife of Bunty Mabey, who was the driving force behind Mabey & Johnson, the world-renowned bridge builders.
The Mabey family were regular skiers, who went to Wengen, Switzerland for many years and all their children became trainees of the Downhill Only (DHO) ski club. One of her daughters Isabel “Isy” Mabey was in the British Alpine Ski team from 1968 to 1971.
Normal practice is for a single award each year to be made to a young amateur female skier who shows exceptional commitment and drive to become an international skiing competitor. Nomination for the award is currently made by the Ladies’ Ski Club.
Recent awards have been given to members of the current GB Snowsports Alpine World Cup and Europa Cup squads.