A 14-year-old freestyle skier who has competed at international level has been nominated for one of Aberdeen’s Sports Awards.
Kirsty Muir, who trains at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, is up for Sports Achiever of the Year – Junior for her exploits in the hi-octane sport.
The headline achievement of the skier’s last 12 months was travelling to the FIS Junior World Ski Championships, finishing fourth overall in the women’s big air against older, and professional, rivals.
It was a year where she also won the female big air, slopestyle and half-pipe prizes at the British Championships.
Kirsty will soon, at age 15, be eligible to compete at World Cup events which pros use to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
The young athlete, pictured, continues to push herself, with the 2022 Games not beyond the realms of possibility on her current trajectory.
Kirsty said: “The aim this season is to do some more Europa Cup events, the World Cups next season.
“The Junior Winter Olympics in 2020, too.
“(To go to the Winter Olympics proper at some stage) would be amazing, but we’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Kirsty’s journey in skiing began at just four years old.
She said: “My mum and dad wanted me and my siblings to ski so we could go on holiday.
“Everyone else in my family skis.
“At the snowsports centre one of the coaches thought I liked doing the jumps after we went there at the end of the session for a couple of runs. Then I started going to the freestyle nights and really enjoyed it.”
The Bucksburn Academy pupil now trains seven times a week including attending Banchory Trampoline Club – a lot of the skills are transferable and trampolining helps Kirsty build aerial awareness and confidence before attempting tricks on the Granite City’s dry slope.
Kirsty also regularly visits Scottish resorts like the Lecht.
There’s the coaching of other budding skiers to take into account too, but Kirsty doesn’t feel there’s too much on her plate.
She said: “I’ve got my friends at the ski slope and at trampolining, so I don’t feel I’m missing out.
“I get to have fun with them, as well as training.”
Of her nomination, Kirsty said: “I was very excited when mum told me.
“I was just really happy. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can and see what can happen.”
Aberdeen’s Sports Awards take place at the AECC tonight.