Snowboarder Matt gears up to defend his title on the dry ski slopes

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Bearsden snowboarder Matt McCormick is confident he can defend his title at Bearsden Ski Club’s freestyle championships next week.

The 17-year-old Bearsden Academy student will be taking part in the ‘Go Big or Go Home’ competition.

Matt said: “We are expecting a good turn out with people coming from all over the UK, and with over 70 people already pre-registered it is going to be bigger and better than last year.”

However, with the increased number there will be increased competition and Matt is under no illusion that to retain his title he will have to work hard at the tournament, which kicks-off on Saturday, June 21.

Matt, who has seven years experience in freestyle snowboarding, has spent many hours perfecting his aerial acrobatics on the dry ski slopes at Bearsden Ski Club, but has also had to juggle his time, completing his Highers and training at Braehead’s Snow Factor as well as trips to Hintertux in Austria.

He added: “The training at Bearsden Ski Club and Snow Factor has been going really good.”

As well as being the snowboarding club champion last year, Matt was club champion in 2011 and 2010.

He was pipped to the title in 2012 by his older brother, Danny, who is not taking part this year as he is currently in America.

Matt’s younger brother, 16-year-old Chris, is also planning to take part in the tournament as a skier. He is also defending his title won last year in the Freestyle Skiing discipline.

The youngest in the trio of brothers has been skiing for around eight years and is a member of the GB Junior Freestyle Skiing Team who also train at Bearsden Ski Club and at Snow Factor.

On his chances of retaining his title, Matt said: “I’m in the 17 plus category and it will be pretty tough, but I’ve been working on a range of different spins.

“Judges like to see the same spin done to the left and the right, which is something I have been working on for some time.

“I’ve also been working on a number of complicated spins and a technical trick called a double corkscrew.”

For more information contact the Bearsden Ski Centre on 0141 943 1500.