Ski ace Dougie in search for sponsor

DOUGIE CRAWFORD OLYMPIC SKIER'EM'15/10/10
DOUGIE CRAWFORD OLYMPIC SKIER'EM'15/10/10

TOP Scottish skier Dougie Crawford has sparked real interest since offering himself in a sponsorship sweepstake to keep him on the piste.

The Bearsden sportsman is keen to land a main sponsor and is offering an estimated £15,000 worth of advertising in the draw.

Crawford, who has been involved with Bearsden Ski Club for many years, has won multiple British titles at all age-groups in all disciplines.

They include gold in four events in the British Championships in 2010 (downhill, Super-G, giant slalom and super combined).

However, the ambitious Scot has been hit hard by the British Ski and Snowboard’s decision to cut funding from Britain’s Alpine speed skiers and the economic downturn.

The 25-year-old hopes to make the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, and to compete in the 2012/2013 World Championship he needs cash.

Now companies have the chance to be his main sponsor, gaining them exposure at the World Cup, Europa Cup, and NorAm races all leading to the World Championships in Schladming, Austria in February 2013.

The money raised from the sweepstake will enable Crawford to join a world class programme with the American Ski Team.

A £500 cash injection buys a chance to win and the buyer will receive a signed action poster of the racer.

A £1,200 option gets three chances in the draw plus a signed, framed World Cup race bib and action picture.

Crawford said: “This sweepstake is a fantastic opportunity for any company, large or small, to win a prime sponsor’s spot with a top British skier.

“Plus, whether you win or not, you will have supported one of Britain’s top ski prospects on the road to Sochi 2014 – and you’ll have a pretty unique item to display in your office.”

Crawford, who is currently at home in Scotland, added: “There has been interest since we launched it.

“We always knew that we would be unlikely to hit gold immediately, particularly with the Olympic Games on, but we’re working hard at it.

“I’m also working hard in the gym at The Palace of Arts in Bellahouston, where a lot of leading athletes train.

“My other training is at the Institute of Sport in Stirling and I’ve got my early-season, on-ski training planned already.”

Crawford flies to Tignes, France, the co-host city for the 1992 Winter Paralympic Games, in early August and then jets across the Atlantic to Chile in September to train with the American team.

The winner of his sweepstake will be drawn at the annual Dougie Crawford Race Day on October 27, 2012 at the West of Scotland Snowsports Centre, Bearsden.