Ski-ing: Trio called up to Scottish slopes team for schools championships

Calum Shepherd.

Three North-east rising stars are set to compete in a global ski tournament which will be screened live on the Olympic Channel website.

Skiers Jonny Marshall (Meldrum Academy), Calum Shepherd (Robert Gordon’s College) and Tabby Allan (Alford Academy) will compete at the Schools Winter Games in Grenoble, France.

The tournament runs throughout this week and the trio are part of a 20 strong Scotland squad comprising 10 boys and 10 girls who will go up against the best in the world.

Scotland’s athletes will compete in a kit, manufactured by leading makers Rossignol, that has been provided courtesy of Aberdeen-based Mintra Group.

Marshall said: “This means so much to the team.

“We want to perform well against other nations and now have the confidence to do so.

“We know that, when we are competing against the Alpine nations, we are being supported by a major company who have committed to us as a team.

Scotland’s team is aged between 13 and 18 and was selected following a rigorous process, involving points accumulated in local races last year.

The School Winter Games will be screened on the Olympic Channel website.

Scottish Schools Snowsports Association (SSSA) organiser Angela Ward said: “Our athletes are now well-prepared.

“Having proper, high-quality team kit ensures that our athletes went to Grenoble knowing they are Scotland’s best and will have the confidence to compete against the world’s best at a time when winter sports is going to be watched by millions.”

Every two years, the SSSA organises a team of Scottish schools skiers to represent Scotland at the World Schools Championships.

The championships move to a different location each time and offers competitions in the Slalom and Giant Slalom disciplines.

Being a “non-alpine nation” Scotland is permitted to take a team of pupils selected from multiple schools, whereas Alpine nations must select teams from a single school.

Gordon Ritchie of GRM sport sponsorship said: “Mintra Group’s sponsorship is significant.

“Not only are they providing the Athletes and coaches with their Alpine team clothing, but also they are providing communications support, including PR, video and photography, back from Grenoble each day during the World Schools Championships.”