Snow bother for golden boy Matt

matt mccormick
matt mccormick

SNOWBOARDER Matt McCormick defended his title to win a gold medal at the British Indoor Freestyle Championships and is now heading to Austria to train with the British snowboarding squad.

The Bearsden lad (15) was up against more than 20 competitors from across the UK in the 13-16 age group category in Castleford recently. This is the third year the snowboarder has won this event.

He then went on to win a bronze medal in the adult category to cap what has been a very good start to the new snow sport season.

The Bearsden Academy pupil said: “I’m really pleased to win because this will be my last year in the junior age group.

“Next year I move up to the seniors so it is good to go into the seniors with winning last year.”

Matt received a £100 voucher for a jacket and a £40 cheque for his third place in the adult category.

It could however have been a different story as the snowboarder was under some pressure.

Every competitor got two attempts down the slopes with the best one counting for the final marks.

In his first run Matt landed badly so everything was riding on his second attempt.

He said: “I just visualised my run and it all came together. I think the judges liked my rail runs, jumps and somersault.

“I also did a front flip over the railings which I have been practising for about two to three years with my coach Ben Kinear.”

The teenager is now set to travel to Hintertux in Austria during the October school holiday to continue his training with Team GB.

And together with his younger brother skier Chris (13), they will be heading to London to promote a media event promoting the international Relentless Freeze Festival on October 26 in Battersea Park.

Matt and Chris were put forward for the media event by their coaches, having been identified as some of the UK’s most promising talent and will be demonstrating their sport to attending television and newspaper journalists.