Following the 2017 CAT we were pleased to be able to offer funding to four young local sports fanatics – windsurfer Islay Watson, biker Jamie Edmondson, orienteer Katrina McGougan and netballer Wizzy Mills. Read their latest training and competition news and see the action photos below.
Once again this year we would be delighted to receive applications from young aspiring athletes from within the Cairngorms National Park.
Applications for grant awards from the 2018 CAT will open at the same time as entries, Wed 2nd May 2018, and must be submitted before this year’s event, ie by 5pm on Friday 14th September 2018.
Due to the lack of snow for XC Skiing on, I’ve spent much of the last 5 months training in the gym, running, cycling and roller skiing for my place at the IBU Future Stars Seminar in Sweden.
The Future Stars Seminar is an event which gathers the best upcoming biathletes from each competing nation in the world. Training sessions, seminars focusing on nutrition, the wider aspects of preparing for competitions and talks from previous world champions were all involved during the week. Including a 6.3K competition on the local World Championship venue.
Without the grant from the CAT, I wouldn’t have been able to attend this event, which has been one of the highlights of my life, and shown me how to become a Future Star.
Since, the British team had arrived a day early, we had time for a ski in the local forests, on what was the best snow I’ve ever skied on before. That alone was proof of why people make skiing their life in Scandinavia.
The following day, after everyone had introduced themselves to each other, we had workshops on correct rifle maintenance, the importance of ski waxing and other crucial parts of biathlon. These workshops included a chance to set up a rifle for our competition later that evening. At 17:15 on the second full day of the event, I was greeted with temperatures well below freezing (-15°C) and snow unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in Scotland. The race was an experience unlike any other; TV cameras everywhere, trying to look into the depths your soul and steep hills that didn’t appear to end. My shooting was let down by fogging of my sunglasses, however, it was a learning experience for more competitions to come, and taught me that no matter how hard you train, someone trains harder.
The rest of the trip included visiting Moose, learning about sport psychology and nutrition, and making new friends from around the world. On the last night, I was pleasantly surprised to be told that I was one of three, out of everyone who came to the Future Stars Seminar, to have dinner with the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven. That will be one of the most memorable dinners I’ve ever had!
Without the grant awarded to me by the CAT, I would never have been able to attend this event, which has fueled my desire to train harder and smarter, in order to be a Future Star.
The money which I got from the CAT grant came in very useful for a number of things, including a training camp at Hawkshead in the Lake District, Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad fees and kit, a SI Air Timing Dibber and a pair of Inov8’s with metal dobs.
- Participating in the Northern Night Cup (NNC) series, and also co-planning with another Junior in the club.
- As well as being Junior Rep, I’m now in charge of Publicity and Communications for BASOC.
- I was invited to a weekend in the Lake District, known as the JROS Hawkshead Weekend, which is a training weekend for 15/16 year olds from around Britain, where we stayed and trained together. https://www.basoc.org.uk/hawkshead-training-weekend
- I’ve been to 2 SEDS training weekends (Scottish Elite Development Squad) at Moray and Speyside as well as 2 ScotJOS weekends in Oban and Stirling. I’ve also recently done 2 local events in February at Loch Vaa and Darnaway.
- The main selection races for the 2019 squad and national races in April/May time.