Snow bros have high slope hopes

Matt McCormick
Matt McCormick

TEENAGE brothers Matt and Chris McCormick from Bearsden have set their sights on bringing back more silverware from this month’s British Ski and Snowboard Championships.

The Bearsden Academy pupils head out to the resort of Laax in Switzerland for the seven day competition on March 18 with skier Chris (13) defending victories in the half pipe and slope-style events as well as a silver in the Big Air category.

His brother Matt (15), who picked up two bronze medals at last years event, is also determined to give it his best shot again.

The siblings will be heading out a week early to familiarise themselves with the slopes and get some last minute training done.

Their older brother Danny (19) is not competing in the snowboarding section this year because of college commitments, although he has taken part in the recent British Universities Individual Snowsport Championships.

Matt said: “I am hoping do better this year, maybe get another bronze or a silver.

“The one I’d like to win is the silver in the slope-style.

“This event has just been accepted into the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014.”

Matt will be 17 when the Russian Winter Olympics kick-off and would like to compete in them but knows he has a long way to go to qualify.

He said: “It would be great to go, but it will depend on training and how my schooling goes.

“Also I will still be quite young but it would be a good time.

“Most snowboarders peak between the ages of 16 and 22, so it is a possibility if I work hard.”

The duo’s coach Neil MacGrain from SnoSport Scotland will be travelling with the youngsters and their dad Gerry to Switzerland for the tournament in a little over two weeks.

He said: “The guys have been working hard this winter so there is a chance they can retain their medals.”

But he added they would have their work cut out for them.

He said: “All of it comes down to their performance on the day.

“With any sport the result is never a forgone conclusion. Someone can do just as much training but the result is not the same.”