SKI STAR DOUGIE AN “INSPIRATION” TO OTHERS

Scottish Ski Team Parliamentary Seminar. Scottish Parliament
Scottish Ski Team Parliamentary Seminar. Scottish Parliament

BEARSDEN Alpine skier Dougie Crawford was flying the flag for his sport at Holyrood at a special parliamentary reception.

The 25-year-old was one of a group of skiers who met 18 MSPs, including Milngavie’s Gil Paterson and Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison.

The reception heard of the success of the Scottish squad who have helped raise the awareness of skiing in Scotland and its profile abroad.

Dougie raced in two of the World Cup series before breaking his ankle in Austria on New Year’s Eve last year.

He is hoping to get back on the slopes at the end of this month.

He said: “Obviously I’ve been out of action but have been working with the Institute of Sport building up my strength.”

On the reception he said: “This was a great opportunity to meet such a group of politicians and great to be able to speak to them in parliament and discuss the sport.”

Mr Paterson added: “I was impressed with the number of young children involved up to professional adults such as Dougie Crawford who is one of Europe’s great prospects.

“We should all rally round and support him.”

Mrs Robison said: “The Scottish ski team is an inspiration to other Scottish athletes ahead of an important time for sport in this country, with the London Olympics less than 100 days away and the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in 2014.

“They have achieved global recognition in what has been one of the Scottish ski team’s best ever seasons.

“The Scottish Ski team is celebrating a landmark year, enjoying a succession of wins this season, particularly from its younger athletes, who dominated the podium at the Great British Alpine Ski Championships in Meribel earlier this month.”

Currently Dougie represents Scotland and Great Britain and started his skiing career at Bearsden Ski Club.

Gordon Scott, general manager of the club, said: “Dougie is an ambassador of the sport.

“He is still very hands on, helping out with coaching when he is back in Scotland.

“Dougie is very encouraging and a real inspiration to the young skiers.”