Brothers golden joy on slopes

mccormick skiers
mccormick skiers

THREE Bearsden brothers all won gold medals on the ski slopes of the Cairngorms on Sunday to finish the season on a high.

This is the third year in a row that snowboarders Danny McCormick (18) Matt (14), and skier Chris (12) have all won their age category races which also secured them the overall title championships in the series.

The Scottish Championships marks the end of the winter series which draws skiers and snowboarders from across Britain.

Danny, who is currently studying at Cardonald College and is hoping to study graphic design this year at either Dundee or Aberdeen, said the competition was quite tough.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil said: “It was really really tight between first, second and third. There was a half a point between all of us. In the category I was in there was quite a lot of local competition with about 20 to 30 people taking part overall.”

As well as the gold medal, Danny won a new snowboard worth around £300.

Fellow snowboarder Matt, who picked up his gold in the 13-16 age group, said: “I did quite a bit of training and was focused on my run. I span in both directions and I think the judges liked my switch tricks (going backwards) and the fact that I landed cleanly and did not spin away.”

Over the summer holidays both Matt and younger brother Chris are hoping to go to the French Alps or Austria and do some training on glaciers - but this will depend on funding.

Commenting on his gold, Chris said the conditions in the Cairngorms made the championships much more difficult than in previous years.

The Bearsden Academy pupil said: “It was really windy and even snowing. The slopes were uneven.

“I did a jump with a 360 degree rotation and a rail which was very technical.”

The rail is a set of parallel bars that snowboarders balance on while sliding down and judges look for the skill in using it.

Both Matt and Chris also competed in Laax, Switzerland in the recent British Freestyle Championship.

Matt won bronze in Slopestyle and the aerial acrobatics category of Big Air.

Chris picked up gold in the Halfpipe category and Slopestyle, and silver in Big Air, which makes him the Junior British Halfpipe and Slopestyle champion.