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Following CAT 2014, the committee chose to support Biathlete Sam Cairns:


Well, what a season it has been - it is almost over! 6 months of training, racing and achievements have been a brilliant experience, my level in the sport is going up quickly and I will keep working hard to get to the next level as soon as possible.

I have been at Biathlon races in Hochfilzen, Austria where I was 4th overall in the senior category, still at the age of 19 and also trained here in Scotland and mainly Aviemore on some brilliant cross country tracks, something I was not expecting to be able to do!

I have also completed my other goals of competing for Great Britain at the Junior World Championships for Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing, the first time a British athlete as ever done this.

First up, it was Almaty, Kazakhstan where I had one of the best weeks of my life, the tracks were perfect and the races went OK, having been ill during the past months it has been hard to find good form in these championships which has halted my progress somewhat.

The next competition was the Junior World Championships for Biathlon which were held in Minsk, Belarus. These boasted by far the best facilities I have ever seen at the stadium, although they were very strict with our rifles which meant we could not do dry firing shooting drills, which effected my shooting during the races. I skied very fast however, in fact the organisers were confused when the GBR athlete who had missed (too many) targets had actually skied fast so decided to carry out an anti-doping test on me, which I found quite funny but was happy to do!

Both championships had lots of positives but also the results were negatives, my form has not picked up enough from being ill, but it was still a great experience and like I said these were my targets to compete at both competitions at the start of the season.

I am going to be training here in Aviemore for the next month before I complete my final set of races in Finland, these are big races for me and I am sure I will do well.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me this season, and especially thanks to everyone who has sponsored me this season without whom I would not have been able to compete at this level.

You will never realise how much I appreciate it, my dream of the 2018 Winter Olympics is still alive and kicking!


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