Scottish Skiers / Snowboarders Impress at British GBX Snow Trails

Three talented young skiers and snowboarders from Cambuslang (South Lanarkshire) and Bearsden (East ) have taken a further step towards fulfilling their future World Cup and Winter Olympic ambitions following their success at the recent GBX Ski and Boarder cross Trials (20 May).

Hosted at Snow Factor Braehead, Scotland’s only indoor snow sports destination, the national (UK-wide) trials are designed to help selectors identify young athletes with the skill and attitude to succeed in the fast and furious winter sport discipline of Ski Cross (aka SX) and Boardercross (aka SBX).

As a result of the trials, Thomas Dunn, a 12-year-old from Cambuslang and P7 pupil at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow (Pictured) has been reselected to the National Academy SBX Team and also selected for the Home Nations SX squad for the 2018/2019 winter season.  Brothers Ross and Scott McIntyre from Bearsden, two fellow members of Snow Factor Racing (SFR) were also selected for the Home Nations Academy Ski Cross (SX) squad.

Snow Factor, one of Scotland’s six snow-sport resorts is the only Scottish venue and just one of 5 UK-wide facilities to be selected to host the GBX National Trials by British Ski & Snowboard (BSS), Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport Wales and Snowsport England.

Snow Factor will host a further day of the GBX Trials on 9 September when more young skiers and snowboarders will have the chance to impress selectors.

First introduced at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the elimination format of ski cross (SX) and boardercross (SBX) sees up to six competitors timed as they race head-to-head down a steep course comprised of jumps, huge berms (corners) and drop-offs. With no margin for error and any physical contact resulting in disqualification, falls are frequent and races won by 100ths of a second.

On 21 May, Snow Factor also hosted a Ski and Snowboard Cross competition, giving competitors a further opportunity to test their mettle in the popular alpine sport discipline. That event saw Rebecca Welsh from Motherwell (under 12) win her Ski Cross category; Murdo Harrier (Perth) take third (under 12) in his Ski Cross age category; Thomas Dunn (Cambuslang) win both the (male under 14) Boardercross and Ski Cross categories; Alex Rooney (from Letham in Angus) take the U-16 Boardercross title and sister Emma Rooney first in the under-10 field.

Penny Dunn, Business Development Manager at Snow Factor Braehead. Referring to the significance of the GBX Trials and separate race event, he commented: “Held on real snow like at Snow Factor, the UK-wide GBX Trials provide a keenly contested platform for Scotland’s young skiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills and hopefully impress selectors who are looking for the future home-grown talent in Ski Cross and Boardercross.

“It’s terrific that Snow Factor Racing (SFR) has seen several youngsters selected for national squads at the trials.  Their dedication to regular training and practice at Snow Factor has paid off and hopefully their success will also inspire others to pull out all the stops and impress when the trials return to Scotland on 9 September.”

Next week (29-31 May) will also see members of the British Parasnowsport Team (alpine and snowboard) training at Snow Factor as part of their 2018-2019 preparations.  In late June, members of the British Park & Pipe team will also return to practice at the facility as part of their preparations for the forthcoming World Cup and 2018 Winter Olympic Games.