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BeGreen Dunbar sponsored skiing star reviews his season so far

Murdo Watson in skiing action

It’s been four months since BeGreen Dunbar donated £2,500 to Dunbar’s young skiing prospect, Murdo Watson.

BeGreen handles the Community Benefit Fund from Aikengall Community Wind Farm and David Currie from the centre caught up with Murdo recently to find out how the winter season was going, including an update on competitions.

The teenager, who attends Dunbar Grammar School, has also given us an overview of his typical weekly training regime when he’s in Scotland and also a daily routine when training abroad!

Murdo said: “This season has been great so far. I raced in Italy for the Anglo Scottish Championships, Switzerland for the Welsh Championships before I returned to Italy for the English Championships.

“I’ve had some really positive results so far with top 15 finishes in all of my races, including a number of podium places.

“Race week and each day can be really tough as I usually meet my team about 7.30am to leave for the racing course hill, to collect bibs and inspect the first course.

“Then I have plenty of time waiting at the top of the hill before I do my first run, which I use to memorise the course in my head, analyse what the racers before me are doing and look for any tricky points on the course.

“When it’s my turn I try to go as fast as I can go from the start gate to the finish, then repeat this for the second run.

“It can be quite intense, but I’m part of a great team and we are always supportive of each other no matter what. The evenings in race week are used for ski prep for the next race and lots of rest and recovery.

“I’ve managed to reduce my BASS (British Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding) rankings in all three disciplines, of slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalom; this means I will make the top 15 cut for next season’s races.

“I’m now looking forward to the rest of the season with more races, including two in Scotland in the Cairngorms and also the Scottish and British Championships in France in April.

“All of this would not be possible without the generous help from BeGreen and Community Windpower, for which I am so grateful.

“The donation enabled me to buy new skis for the season, get some additional training in Glasgow on a Sunday morning and, of course, help with the huge cost of training/racing for 12 weeks abroad during the winter season.

“I’ll give you further updates when the season has finished.”

Murdo’s typical week when he’s in Scotland:

  • Three ski training sessions a week – two at Hillend (Edinburgh) and one in Glasgow
  • Three or four fitness sessions in the gym, using my own equipment at home or out running

Murdo’s typical day when he’s in abroad:

  • Five hours skiing
  • One hour of fitness/recovery work
  • One hour of video analysis and learning from the day
  • Two or three hours of schoolwork
  • One hour of ski tuning in preparation for the next day

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