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LOVE IN THE SNOW: Shazin Nurse

IN 2006 Shazin Nurse went to Austria to try out a sport few of her black peers had on their to-do list - snowboarding.

Nurse, who studied for a degree in property and investment at UWE Bristol prior to her adventure, said gliding in the snow was her chance to try something different.

"Not many girls do it and not many black girls do it either,” she said.

Her curiosity quickly turned into love and she has been hooked on the sport ever since.

“I love everything to do with snowboarding,” she told The Voice.

“Most of my friends are into beach holiday rather than falling on their bottoms in the cold (but) Snowboarding is such an exhilarating sport. It really pushes you physically and mentally. The scene is cool, people are happy, at peace and know how to have fun.”

Now, Nurse is battling other competitors in a reporting competition that could see her land a job that could allow combining two loves – snowboarding and TV presenting.

“It’s actually my dream job,” said Nurse, who is in her 20s.

After three years of study, she realised property and investment was not the career she wanted.

She instead secured her first role at a local community radio station and later gained an internship with the BBC, further developing her passion for presenting.

Now Nurse, from Clapham in south London, is among short listed hopefuls in an international competition that could give her the chance to report on a popular snowboarding festival.

HAPPY: Nurse hopes to combine her two loves – snowboarding and TV presenting

The World Ski and Snowboarding festival is taking place April 13 to 28 in Whistler, Canada. The festival is largest outdoor concert that combines winter sports, music, arts and culture.

She said she decided to enter the World Ski and Snowboarding Festival so she could get to do both presenting and snowboarding.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Whistler as I had a school friend who saved to do a gap year there and said it was the most stunning place he'd seen,”

Nurse said. “Also one of my best friends from university went last year and said the same. I haven't had the opportunity to go so far.

“I’m really excited," she said. “Being the face of the festival would be a fantastic opportunity.”

In order for her to fulfil her dream and get to the reporting competition finals, Nurse needs to gain as a large number of people to view a video she prepared for the competition. People have until from now until 5.00pm Thursday (March 15) to view the video.

Nurse is urging everyone to watch her video as each view will count as a vote.

The top 5 most viewed videos on March 15 will be put on Facebook for social networkers to continue voting.

Nurse will find out if she has won on March 16.

To see her video, visit

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