Iain is now in full time training, based primarily in France and is working hard in the hope of being selected for the 2016 Youth Olympics in February in Lillehammer. We are delighted to bring you his latest update below….
The next season of ski racing has already started. Maybe you saw that the first World Cup race was held on an Austrian glacier at Solden last weekend? This is always a special event in the calendar for all ski racers being the first race of the new season.
This year was extra special for me, as I had two good friends taking part, 22 year old Alex Tilley from Aberdeenshire and my old training partner Thibaut Favrot (20) from Alsace. It was great to see them racing and reinforced my goal to compete at this, the very highest level.
My training has been going really well. After concerns following a very hot summer, we have enjoyed exceptionally good conditions throughout October on the European glaciers.
I had an excellent two weeks training with my club, Orsatus in Tignes. The highlight of this was training Super G with members of the French national team.
Above: Me racing last season – can’t wait for this season’s racing to begin!
After Tignes I had one night at home before heading back to the Alps, this time to Hintertux in Austria where I spent two weeks race-coaching children aged between 10 – 16, with ex Olympian, Sean Langmuir and his ATC (Alpine Training Centre) set-up. It’s been a great experience to pass on some of my experience and see the progress that these kids can literally make from one day to the next.
I’m looking forward to a few nights in my own bed now that I’m home for a brief few days before heading out to Sweden for a couple of weeks before my first FIS races of the 15/16 season out there, starting on 14th of November.
None of this would be possible without your support, and I am greatly appreciative of this. A big thanks to you and hopefully next time I’ll have some good results to share with you!