A GIFTED young skier is hoping for at least one podium place when he competes in the Scottish and British Alpine Championships in just over two weeks’ time.
Liam McHugh (14) has been skiing since he was six and competing at Bearsden Ski Club since the age of nine.
The St Aloysius’ College pupil from Bearsden has recently been in good form with three top 10 finishes in the English Alpine Championships in February.
These were in the slalom, giant slalom and super G at the Italian resort of Bormio - his best result was a fifth in the slalom.
Liam said: “This will be my first time in the Scottish and British championships and if I ski the way I did in the English championships I hope to get a podium place.
“Before this I was not very confident, but all the training I’ve been doing in Austria at Christmas has really paid off. My slalom racing has really come on quite well.”
David Houston, head coach at Bearsden Ski Club, who has coached Liam for the past five years, said: “Liam has been working really hard in the last couple of years and he has as good a chance as anyone, as long as he keeps his head down and concentrates.”
Mr Houston, who also runs the race programme, added: “As Liam has got older he has become much stronger which obviously helps him. But he has other strengths.
“He can see the best line through a course and has an eye for this in very much the same way a racing driver can see the best line when approaching a corner.”
The Scottish Alpine Championships start at the end of this month in Courchevel, France.
The following week are the British championships in the French resort of Meribel.
Since the age of nine Liam has been a member of Bearsden Ski Club’s race team and has been given tips on his technique from Michael Crawford, brother of British skier Dougie Crawford, who competes regularly on the World Cup circuit.
Since December last year Liam has also competed in the British Alpine Race Ski Championships in Champoluc, Italy, and the Anglo-Scottish Cup in Les Houches, France.
As Liam becomes more successful the cost of competing is mounting up and he is keen to attract sponsorship.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Liam can contact his dad Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org