This week we catch up with 14-year old, GB Park and Pipe Academy snowboarder, Leon Drynan, who is part of the Delancey Ones to Watch series. Leon tells us what’s in store for him on the run up to ‘The Brits’ in Laax.
How is life looking at the moment? Is it all about school or are you managing to find some time to snowboard?
Yeah it’s all good! It’s never ‘all about school’ ha ha. No seriously, school’s good and I’ll ALWAYS find time to snowboard. At the moment I’m training Wednesday and Sunday at Bearsden and Thursday and Fridays at Xscape.
I just wish we’d finally get some snow so I can get up some mountains to ride.
Next time we catch up with you will be after The Brits in April. What are your plans between now and then – are you attending any pathway camps? Is there anything specific you are working on or trying to master either on dry land or on the snow?
I know, can’t wait to get back out to Laax. I fly out to Obereggen in Italy on Sunday 29th January for a week’s training with Bearsden Freestyle Team. Stoked to be getting some more time training abroad and trying out some new jumps. I’ve not been to Italy yet so it’ll be good to learn a bit more about the country. There’s a good number of us going from Bearsden Freestyle team so should be an awesome trip. Still trying to get the perfect 9 dialled but they’re definitely coming along. I’ve also been practicing cripplers at Bearsden. (FYI a ‘crippler’ is when you rotate 90 degrees, flip over in the air and rotate another 90 degrees)
Apart from snowboarding, do you do any other sports? Do they complement/help with your snowboard training?
I enjoy trampolining too, and recently started using the Snowboard Addiction board on them which helps you practice spins, grabs, corks and flips. I also have the balance bar which I’ve found is really good for building muscle strength – and honing those box and rail tricks!
We saw you were on Ski Sunday a few weeks ago? How did that feel?
That was amazing and it was shown on my Birthday! It was part of the Jamie Nicholls’ feature on the UK’s dryslopes. The BBC had come to Bearsden to film as part of the feature and it was awesome to not only get my clips shown, but get some really good feedback on my progression too. That was definitely the BEST birthday present.
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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 winter, we have been following Kirsty and Leon in a series of interviews and blogs throughout their season of competition and training with the GB Park and Pipe Academy.
Look out next week for Kirsty’s next update.