The boy Dunn well

Thomas des­tined to be a star on the slopes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A young skier and snow­boarder from Cam­bus­lang has taken a fur­ther step to­wards ful­fill­ing his fu­ture World Cup and Win­ter Olympic am­bi­tions.

Thomas Dunn has been re­s­e­lected for the snow­board­ing Na­tional Academy SBX team fol­low­ing his suc­cess at the GBX Ski and Boarder cross tri­als.

The 12-year-old, who stays near Cam­bus­lang town cen­tre, has also been se­lected for the ski­ing Home Nations SX squad for the 2018/2019 win­ter sea­son.

Held at Snow Fac­tor Brae­head, the na­tional UK-wide tri­als were de­signed to help se­lec­tors iden­tify young ath­letes with the skill and at­ti­tude to suc­ceed in the fast and furious win­ter sport dis­ci­pline of ski cross and board­er­cross.

Thomas, who started ski­ing when he was aged just three, be­gan to snow­board a year later and has since went on to im­press on the slopes by win­ning sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions.

His mum, Penny Dunn, said his suc­cess was all down to his ded­i­ca­tion to the sports.

She said: “He started from such a young age so he be­gan tak­ing part in the oc­ca­sional competition. There was a lot of school com­pe­ti­tions that were avail­able to en­ter and since then he has been do­ing re­ally well.

“Ul­ti­mately he wants to go and com­pete at the Olympics. If there was the chance to ski and snow­board ev­ery day, he would.

“He’s got six com­pe­ti­tions over the sum­mer around the UK and, with sup­port from mum and dad , he’ll try to go abroad and work his way up to be se­lected for the World Cup team and then the Olympics.”

First in­tro­duced at the 2006 Win­ter Olympic Games, the elim­i­na­tion for­mat of ski cross and board­er­cross sees up to six com­peti­tors timed as they race head to head down a steep course com­prised of jumps, tight cor­ners and drop-offs. With no mar­gin for er­ror and any phys­i­cal con­tact re­sult­ing in dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, falls are fre­quent and races are won by 100ths of a sec­ond.

Held on real snow, the UK-wide GBX tri­als on May 20 pro­vided Scot­land’s young skiers and snow­board­ers a chance to show­case their skills.

Penny, who is also the busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager for Ice Fac­tor Group, which in­cludes Snow Fac­tor Brae­head, said: “It’s terrific that Snow Fac­tor Rac­ing (SFR) has seen sev­eral young­sters se­lected for na­tional squads at the tri­als.

“Their ded­i­ca­tion to reg­u­lar train­ing and prac­tice at Snow Fac­tor has paid off and hope­fully their suc­cess will also in­spire oth­ers to pull out all the stops and im­press when the tri­als re­turn to Scot­land on Septem­ber 9.”

Snow Fac­tor also hosted a ski and snow­board cross competition on May 21 where Thomas, a P7 pupil at St Aloy­sius’ Col­lege in Glas­gow, won both the male un­der 14 board­er­cross and ski cross cat­e­gories.

Ice cool Thomas Dunn is im­press­ing with his per­for­mances on the slopes

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