The organisers acknowledge the invaluable support of Rothiemurchus Estate, Glenmore Forest Park and Pityoulish Estate in helping us ensure that as well being competitive and enjoyable that the CAT is also environmentally sustainable.
After the successful 2012 CAT, we were delighted to be able to award a record total of £1800 to deserving young local athletes. Last year’s recipients were John Aisthorpe who is a promising downhill bike racer from Kincraig, biathlete Robert Sircus also from Kincraig, and Scott Grosdanoff, a climber from Kingussie specialising in dry tooling. It’s clear from their comments below that all three have been making great progress in their sports.
John Aisthorpe (16)
I was very grateful to receive a grant from the CAT to enable me to progress further in my passion for mountain biking.
CAT made it possible for me to attend a series of enduro races and a downhill event at Innerleithen during the winter. This gave me the opportunity to compete against people from throughout the UK. My best result was 5th at the first round of the “Innerduro” series, in which I was the youngest competitor in the under 20s category. It was my first enduro race. Enduros usually take place over a weekend and have a number of timed stages starting from the top of the hill.
After taking a break from racing for my Standard Grade exams, I am now planning to race some of the Scottish Downhill Series and the Innerleithen Mini Downhill races. CAT has enabled me to participate at a national level. Thank you!
Robert’s first international event last winter was the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival in Romania. He was up against the four best 16/17 year-old Biathletes from each of 26 other Countries, including most of the main biathlon Nations, including Russia, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland etc! His actual performance was not disimilar to that achieved by Scott Dixon and Calum Irvine two years ago and both of those boys went on to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Youth Winter Games at Innsbruck, World Youth Biathlon Championships in Finland and Austria, several IBU Cup Events and in Scott’s case a number of top-flight World Cup Races.
Following his performances at the GB Biathlon Championships in January/February this year, Robert was promoted from the British Biathlon National development Squad to join the IBU Cup Squad based at Ruhpolding in Germany where he will be joining a training group focussing on the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. It is a long and challenging road ahead but it is one that he is determined to pursue and we are all therefore very grateful for your support in helping to provide funding that will have a significant impact on his progress over the coming months and year.
With the money granted I bought a pair of "fruit boots". They were required for the competition by all participants. Without the boots it would not have not been possible to compete and would make mixed climbing a much more difficult challenge. They make a tremendous difference for technical climbing. I also purchased a second pair of ice axe picks. These will be used for training only and my other pair for competitions.
The trip was a fantastic experience. It gave me a chance to watch and learn from international climbers as well boost my confidence.
This year I only competed in the Swiss event of the world series. However next year I plan to attend and compete in as many of the six locations possible. Hopefully for there will be a formal British team in place for the 2014 series. I am currently training for this and am psyched.
Thanks Again Scott
To read about previous talented young athletes supported by CAT click on the names below: