Delancey is proud to sponsor the first ever Championship Ski and Snowboard competition this year, an online league featuring slopes across the UK going head to head, with teams submitting videos of tricks from four of their team members for each round.
Speaking about the new the Ones to Watch series, Delancey said,
“As our aim is to support the development of Britain’s young and upcoming talent, we are delighted to name two young people who we believe have great potential in their future snowsports careers. Big congratulations to Kirsty Muir (skier) and Leon Drynan (snowboarder) who have been picked as our Delancey Ones to Watch, we wish you all the best!”
Over the upcoming winter, we will be following Kirsty and Leon in a series of interviews and blogs throughout their season of competition and training with the GB Park and Pipe National Academy.
Kicking off our series, get to know 12-year-old skier Kirsty Muir, from Aberdeen with her first blog.
Kirsty Muir, 12 year old Freestyle Skier, Aberdeen
I started skiing with my family at Glenshee Ski Centre and had lessons at Aberdeen Snowsport Centre, (ASC), joined the Sat Kids club there and was encouraged to give Freestyle Skiing a try at ASC aged 6. I loved it and haven’t looked back since.
This summer Aberdeen Snowsports Centre held its leg of Go Big or Go Home (GBOGH). It’s a really fun competition, we were on air at Northsound (our local radio station) and it was great to ski with friends. I also went to Glasgow to a GB Park & Pipe Pathway and Bearsden Freestyle Camp. We had a great few days, and there was a film edit made of the best bits – check it out here. Everyone worked hard and learnt new tricks. I love to use the airbag at Snowfactor, and it’s always good to ski at Bearsden. Snowsport Scotland’s new comp the Triple Crown Round 1 has just taken place at Snowfactor, where they had a great park and a big indoor kicker. It was awesome to see everyone do so well, and I enjoyed competing. I won my age category and overall female ski.
I train all year round on the dryslope at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre and I am a member of GB Park & Pipe Pathway. I try to get to Snowfactor to ski their park which is rebuilt every week for a Thursday and Friday night, not the weekends. It’s a 300-mile round trip, but we try and go when we can. To go to Glasgow after school on a Friday often takes 4 hours to get there with the busy traffic, but it’s worth it to get a ski on snow. If there is a GB Park and Pipe Pathway airbag session at Snowfactor on a Friday, I have to take a day off school to go and catch up with school work at the weekend. I have a busy week with training and school work but I’m used to it and love it. I have just started secondary school and I am enjoying all the challenges. I also love dancing, tap & jazz and it’s something different to do. We did our 4-day show in June at a local theatre, and it was a lot of fun. I play the drums too.
We were very excited when Aberdeen Snowsports Centre’s Ski and Snowboard teams were both accepted for the first ever Championship Ski and Snowboard. It has been fun being videoed. Thank you to everyone at the centre, other team members and parents for all helping with the videoing. It’s been a real team effort and everyone is so happy when you get the footage you were hoping for and land your tricks. Sometimes we got our filming quickly, sometimes it took a bit longer. Our slope was closed for maintenance for 3 weeks in Round 5, so it was a bit of a rush, but we did it. I’m very proud of everyone who competed, and those that didn’t for giving us huge support on the slope.
I’m really excited to be going out to Stubai in October with GB Park & Pipe Pathway. I have never been before it sounds like an amazing park.
I have just joined the Freeze Pro Shop Team. Many of the skiers I look up to are on the Freeze Team, and I can’t believe I have joined it – I’m so happy. I have been trying out some new Faction skis and I love them.
I have recently been nominated for Fall Line magazines up-and-coming British skier of 2016, please vote for me here: https://www.fall-line.co.uk/vote-favourite-british-skiers-2016/. Entries close on 15th October.
I would like to thank Aberdeen Sports Council, Dr Hellen Reith Trust and The Chris Anderson Trust for their support.