Hitting the slopes

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clarkston skier Alastair Strang has secured the Scottish title — for the third year in a row.

The 21-year-old told ExtraSport: “ It was a hard year with less time skiing and more time at university.

“But I worked hard on my fitness when at home studying, making sure I was in the best shape for when I did get the opportunity to train and compete.” The youngster also won the junior giant slalom title for the fifth year in a row.

A former Williamwood pupil, Alastair started skiing at the age of five with lessons at the Glasgow Ski Centre.

It wasn’t long before the Clarkston lad was hooked on the sport and he continued with lessons and progressed quickly through the levels.

At age nine he moved into the race-training group at the club and began competing across Scotland.

Next, at age 12, he qualified for the British children’s ski team and the Scottish ski team, which led to him being selected to represent Team GB at the European Youth Olympics Winter Festival in 2009.

The British junior ski team competitor has competed all around Europe.

He has however been forced to juggle the demands of his sport with university over the past three years.

The Strathclyde student added: “If there is an opportunity to ski, I take it. While these may not have been very often I make the most of them.

“From my years on the Scottish team I have been coached by Ross Gardner and Finlay Mickel — both have really helped improve my skiing and push my fitness in the gym.”