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Scottish skiing star sponsored again!

Murdo Alpine

Murdo Watson, from East Linton, has been provided with £2,500 for the third year running to support his pursuit to reach the British Alpine FIS team.

The S5 Dunbar Grammar School pupil spent the 2020/21 season training with Ambition Racing Academy in Austria, but unfortunately due to COVID-19 there were no races scheduled. Murdo used the time to train hard and make good progress to be ready for the upcoming season.

Next season will be the first that Murdo will compete in as an FIS athlete against racers from alpine countries. He has spent the summer in Italy on an 8-week training camp, working hard to work on his technique as well as getting used to the longer skis required for FIS.

Currently, Murdo is off the snow for 8 weeks putting in the hard graft at the gym with his PT, ahead of the winter season. He is also working towards the best possible exam results, focusing on his schoolwork in the lead up to his Highers.

The winter scheduled is a huge commitment training and racing over the 16-week season. Murdo, a Scottish and British champion, is currently skiing for the Scotland FIS team but is aiming to reach the British Alpine FIS team over the next two seasons.

Murdo said: “I am very grateful that Community Windpower has agreed to support my skiing for another season, the funding enables me to buy new equipment for the upcoming season.”

Murdo is also supported by his family and receives sponsorship from East Linton based video game developer 4J Studios. There is a vast amount of kit needed for the season ahead and the support from CWL, 4J Studios and the generous discounts provided by Alpine Imports on ski race equipment, help Murdo pursue his ambition.

“The season ahead will be my toughest yet, racing alongside the ‘big boys’ in the FIS racing category. The funding provided last season enabled me to train abroad and progress, getting myself in the best shape for my first season in FIS.

“I am looking forward to the season ahead and competing in three disciplines (slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalom), with my overall goal of reaching the British Alpine FIS team”.

Diane Wood, Community Benefits Director at Community Windpower, said: “Murdo is a brilliant student athlete who shows great skill, drive and commitment to achieve his goals both on and off the slopes, and we are thrilled to be part of his journey.

“At CWL we want to help young people achieve their goals, whether that is through sport, education or charitable donations. We continually look at how we can best support members of the local community”.

“We look forward to hearing updates from Murdo about the 2021/22 season and we wish him the best of look competing in the FIS category”.

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