Six of the best from Bearsden Academy

A team from Bearsden Academy has won the Scottish secondary schools’ indoor snow championship at Braehead’s Snow Factor.

The squad who are all members of Bearsden Ski Centre were in action last Thursday in the championships which attracted entrants from 25 schools from across the whole country.

The six-strong squad were made up of race and freestyle skiers who all worked together to clinch victory.

They were race skiers Lucy Scott, Antony Cohn and Lewis Discombe and freestyle skiers Chris McCormick, Ronan McLaren and Ross McKain.

Gordon Scott, manager of Bearsden Ski Centre said: “What was nice to see was the way that the team worked together. It was a real collaboration of ski racers and freestylers.

“Chris, Ronan and Ross are all on our Freestyle programme and Lucy, Antony and Lewis are keen members of our race programme.”

With the help of the ski programme the youngsters have gained the experience needed to compete in national competitions with the level of experience needed to win medals.

Mr Scott added: “We are all delighted with how they have performed and this is down to the many hours of training they have put in.”

Echoing these comments freestyle coach at the ski centre, Neil MacGrain, said: “It is great that they all worked together to achieve this. There is no secret to success. It is all down to hard work, plenty of effort and the support they gave each other.”

Bearsden Academy teacher, April Caldwell, who accompanied the student to Snow Factor last Thursday for the competition said: “The pupils thoroughly deserved to win. They have all worked incredibly hard over the last couple of months and to win the team shield against schools from across Scotland is something to be very proud of.”

The Bearsden Academy team accumulated the least errors in all of their races with a score of 14. Second place went to Greenwood Academy from Ayrshire with 15 and George Heriot’s was third with 18.

The competition was run by the Scottish Schools Snowsport Association with support from Snowsport Scotland and is one of the first competitions to kick-off the new skiing season.

One of the team members, freestyle skier Chris McCormick, said: “The Scottish schools events are a great opportunity to compete against schools from all over Scotland and the fact that the Bearsden Academy team did so well and won made it even more enjoyable.”