Snow bros are red hot on ice

160512  Danny McCormick Gasgow and GB no1 freestyle snowboarder
160512 Danny McCormick Gasgow and GB no1 freestyle snowboarder

SNOWBOARDER Danny McCormick has retained his overall title at the Scottish Indoor Freestyle Championship.

The 19-year-old freestyler and GB number one from Bearsden said the competition had been tough, but his consistency gave him the edge.

mccormick skiers

mccormick skiers

Danny’s younger brother Matt (15) won the Youth Snowboard category while their 13 year-old sibling Chris was third in the Male Youth Ski Freestyle category.

The graphic art student at Dundee University said: “The competition is getting harder and harder each year. I have even got my brother Matt nipping at my heels.”

This year there was a strong field of around 60 snowboarders, and Danny admitted: “I was a bit nervous going into the final run because there was only one point between me and Jamie Tinder from Aviemore who came second.”

The championships were held at Braehead’s Snow Factor, formerly known as Sno!Zone, and the championships are one of the largest indoor event of the season, which marks the end of the winter season circuit.

In order for Danny to win the freestyle event he had to compete in three main disciplines; mogul (bump skiing) and ariels (jumps) and ‘New School’ (half-pipe, slope-style and skier-cross).

Each competitor was allowed two runs on the course, with each marked by top Scottish judges.

Only the highest score out of the runs counts.

In awarding points, judges look for how the run progresses and flows, including amplitude - height of the tricks performed, difficulty - both the tricks performed and the placement of the tricks and the combinations used.

Gordon Scott, manager of Bearsden Ski Club, where all three brothers train, said: “All the youngsters look up to the McCormick brothers for what they have achieved.

“Danny has shown enormous dedication to the sport and is a really good role model.

“When he is back in Bearsden he comes down to practise and pass on tips to the up and coming youngsters.”

The next event at Bearsden Ski Club will be the Freestyle Club Championships June 16 which Danny is hoping to compete in.