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A Cam­bus­lang teenager jet­ted out to Aus­tria to take on 12 days of train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the An­glo Scot­tish Ski­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Chris McLew (14) will travel to France for the com­pe­ti­tion next month af­ter be­ing se­lected to ski for the Scot­tish team and Bri­tish Alpine squad.

The third year stu­dent at Cathkin High School came sec­ond in last year’s un­der-14 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships and is look­ing to claim a top spot in Jan­uary’s Scot­tish un­der-16 com­pe­ti­tion.

The An­glo Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships take place from Jan­uary 2 to 5 but Chris, of Prospect Av­enue, must first pre­pare for the chal­lenge with 12 days of gru­elling train­ing in Aus­tria.

Ac­cord­ing to the young skier, the best part of the event is the race it­self and ski­ing down a piste at high speed is what gets his heart rac­ing.

He added: “The adren­a­line I feel dur­ing a race is amaz­ing.

“I pre­fer off-piste races as they are more fun and you can go faster down them.”

Chris has been ski­ing with his fam­ily since he was five years old and trains with the Euro­pean De­vel­op­ment and Ex­cel­lence Pro­gramme (EDEP), who en­ter Chris into the races and pro­vide sup­port and course in­spec­tion.

His dad Duncan said: “Chris is look­ing for­ward to go­ing to the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships. He’s aim­ing for the top five at un­der-16 level and he’d like to get se­lected for the Bri­tish team.

“It’s his first year at un­der-16 so it will be tough.

“He’s been train­ing hard. He trains at least twice a week at Bel­la­hous­ton or Brae­head.”

Af­ter nearly two weeks of train­ing Chris will re­turn in time for Christ­mas with his fam­ily be­fore he jets off again to com­pete in the slalom races in France.

Chris had hoped to com­pete in other races this year but most had been called off due to lack of snow.

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