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The Mackay Clinic
proud sponsors of
Scottish Alpine Ski Racer
Iain Innes
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Iain has achieved results
on the international stage for both
Team GB
and Scotland

Mackay Clinic sponsored skier goes from strength to strength

Three years ago, the Mackay Clinic announced its first sponsored athlete as Iain Innes from Edinburgh. Since receiving this backing Iain’s progress has been nothing short of remarkable.

In season 2015/16, Iain committed himself to ski racing on a full-time basis having secured grades that would allow him to enter university at a future date. His achievement in this debut season as a full-time athlete exceeded all expectations. Iain highlights three different major achievements, any one of which alone would have represented considerable success;

  1. Competing for TeamGB in the Youth Olympics, securing two top 20 results
  2. 3rd Place in slalom in the French U18 National Championships
  3. Winning his age category (U18) in 7 out of the 8 races at the British Championships

Selection for the Winter Youth Olympics held in Lillehammer, Norway in February, was a major personal goal for Iain, and turned out to be the platform or his season. Competing against the best Under 18 skiers in the world and achieved two top 20 results in slalom and giant slalom kick-started a run of fine performances.

In early March, competing in the French National Junior Championships, he claimed a bronze medal, coming 3rd overall in the slalom event. This marked fantastic progress in his less favoured discipline, and in beating many French nationals who had been born and raised in the alps was a further notable boost to his self-belief. By the time the British Alpine Championships came around in Tignes at the end of March, Iain was enjoying his skiing and full of confidence.  He entered every race and competed in each discipline. In the two Downhill races, Iain was the fastest British under-18 athlete.

Giant Slalom has always been Iain’s strongest discipline and he excelled in Tignes, beating his nearest British rival by margins greater than 4 seconds in each race. In the senior Championship race, Iain was the fastest of all under 18’s from any country, and 3

Giant Slalom has always been Iain’s strongest discipline and he excelled in Tignes, beating his nearest British rival by margins greater than 4 seconds in each race. In the senior Championship race, Iain was the fastest of all under 18’s from any country and 3rd fastest British athlete in all age categories.

Come the end of the season in late April, Iain was ready for a rest and some time away from the mountains. After a few week’s rest, though, preparation begins for the next season with strength and conditioning work followed by a series of training camps.

Over the summer, Iain trained hard on some of the European glaciers and made the most of some of the best conditions there have been for many years. In June, he spent 3 weeks in Val d’Isere, training with some of the best skiers in the world, followed by a 2-week block on the glacier in Les Deux Alpes.After training blocks in France and Austria during the autumn period, Iain travelled to Kabdalis in Sweden (just outside of the Arctic Circle) for two weeks of training and racing. This venue is used by many of the best slalom skiers in the world as they prepare for the first world cup race of the season traditionally held in Levi in Finland.

After training blocks in France and Austria during the autumn period, Iain travelled to Kabdalis in Sweden (just outside of the Arctic Circle) for two weeks of training and racing. This venue is used by many of the best slalom skiers in the world as they prepare for the first world cup race of the season traditionally held in Levi in Finland.The experience was good for Iain and in the races, he claimed a second and fourth place, winning a set of reindeer antlers and a cheque for 2000 Swedish Krona!!

The experience was good for Iain and in the races, he claimed a second and fourth place, winning a set of reindeer antlers and a cheque for 2000 Swedish Krona!!Back in the

Back in the alps the early season was characterised by a lack of natural snow, but the races generally went ahead thanks to cold temperatures and the latest snow making technology.

Season 2016 / 2017 So Far

  • 23 races in three different countries, (Sweden, Italy & France)
  • New PB in slalom scoring 44 points.
  • New Personal Best in Downhill scoring 60 points.
  • A second-best score of 40 points in Giant Slalom.

(The lower the points score the higher the world-ranking.)

This season, Iain expects to be racing until mid-April, competing in around 70 races in total. Iain continues to work hard and is delighted to be making continued progress. This is only possible with the support of his sponsors, of whom, the Mackay Clinic was the first and most important.

 

Iain has been selected for the British Under 21 Ski Team, his 7th consecutive year in the British Team.

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We will be posting regular updates on Iain in training and competition on this page. To see more photos of Iain in action check out the gallery below

Iain Innes Scottish skier

Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic
Iain Innes Scottish skier sponsored by The Mackay Clinic

 

 

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