Chirnside skier wins Scottish Indoor title

Chirnside Skier Charles Rankin won gold at the weekend’s Scottish Indoor Ski Alpine Championships run by Snowsport Scotland.

The young star, who is a member of the Cairngorm Ski Club, won his race with a total time of 30.31 seconds in the Bairns Boys 2 Category.

The Scottish Indoor Alpine Ski Championships took place on Saturday, November 19, and attracted 161 young skiers from across the UK, making it the biggest competition in indoor races to date in Scotland.

Skiers were divided into four categories - bairns, children, juniors and seniors. The competitors raced a slalom course set by Scottish Team coaches at Glasgow SNO!zone.

Snowsport Scotland chief executive Jane Harvey said: “Charles did fantastically well in his category, skiing incredibly well to take first place.

“The UK has some fantastic young snowsports talent and competitions such as this – which are all staffed by dedicated volunteers - allow them to shine and set them on the path to a possible career in skiing.”

Chief of Race for the Scottish Indoor Championships was Snowsport Scotland’s Donald Hall.

Medalists were presented with their awards by Scottish Olympic skier and retired World Cup Great Britain racer, Finlay Mickel.

Ms Harvey added: “Indoor racing is definitely a firm fixture on the calendar and attracts plenty of interest from the ski stars of the future.

“Up until a week ago, we were celebrating 130 pre-registered competitors and to have this shoot up to 161 on the day was just fantastic.

“We are delighted that the Scottish Indoor Ski Championships can now be billed as the biggest competition in indoor skiing in Scotland.”

The Scottish Indoor Alpine Ski Championships kick off a host of national races taking place throughout Winter 2011–2012.