We catch up with Delancey Ones to Watch freestyle skier, 12-year-old Kirsty Muir, to find out what she’s been up to as part of the GB Park & Pipe National Academy with her second blog.
Since my last blog, I have started my second term at Secondary School, settling in well and enjoying the challenges.
2nd October: Only Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Woodsy’s UK Tour.
We were stoked to meet Woodsy, Jossi Wells, Vincent Gagnier, Jonas Hunziker, Noah Morrison & Wacko Wells on Woodsy’s UK tour. It was awesome we got to ski with them all at Bearsden Ski Club. Great to see coach Andy Matthew there too. We were live on Facebook, ski nights really don’t get much better than that.
15th October 2016: The Brits, Chillfactore, Manchester.
I was really pleased to make the Brits, as I had an operation on the 10th October and wasn’t sure I would be well enough in time, but I really wanted to go. It was a great park and I had a lot of fun. I was amazed to win 1st Under 16 and 1st Overall female.
16th October 2016 – 29th October – Bratislava and Stubai Camp.
After the Brits we drove through the night to get our flight from Edinburgh out to the GB Park & Pipe Performance Pathway Camp in Bratislava. The airbag sessions were scary to start with but after a few runs I really enjoyed them. There is no uplift so we carried our skis up each run. You got so wet from the sprayers to keep the slope slippy but it was a lot of fun.
We then headed for Stubai, Austria. The park had only just opened and it was super busy. Having heard so much about the Stubai Park I just couldn’t believe I was there. We were really lucky with the weather. It was great having Aberdeen pals Rob Wilkinson and Angus Jacobs on the camp. Stu Innes came over for a few days from Hintertux too. The jumps were awesome. It was the first chance I’d had to try out my new Faction skis on the mountains, they were great fun. I got to try some of the pro line kickers so was really happy. If I got the chance I would definitely go back there.
Massive thanks to Joe Tyler (JT Freeski Academy), Ben Kinnear and Dan Breen (Snowsport Scotland) for coaching.
Kirsty with Rob Wilkinson and Stu Innes in Stubai
I have recently joined the Freeze Pro Shop Team. It means so much to me to be part of the Freeze family. It feels like a family because there is a fantastic support structure amongst the team and the older/younger riders. Everyone is so good to me, they help me and give me advice on products and can offer a wealth of experience as everyone who works there are experienced riders themselves and are passionate about their sport.
Learning new tricks can be scary but when you land them you feel that all the work was worth it. Normally I like learning my tricks on an airbag before taking it to the dryslope. Once I have got the trick on the airbag I really just need to go for it on the dryslope. I’m working on my 7 at the moment.
I’m really looking forward to the season ahead. I love my weekly Rippers sessions at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre Dryslope with Andy Begg and the other skiers and boarders. There is already snow on the Scottish Mountains, so fingers crossed for a good season. I’ll be on the slopes in our amazing local Mountains – hope to see you there!
Thanks Picture Organic Clothing for the stunning Outerwear Combo prize for CSS Overall female. I can’t wait to wear it on the snow! I had an amazing time filming CSS and hope the Aberdeen Freestyle Teams get another chance to compete
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Delancey Ones to Watch
Delancey: “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.
Look out next month for Kirsty and Leon’s December update.