Inverurie’s Nordic Skier, Callum Smith, raced his way to Olympic qualification on Sunday, (December 15), in an impressive PB performance in St Ulrich, Austria.
Callum is taking a year out of his Chemical Engineering studies in Edinburgh to give skiing his best shot in the run up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Summer training on roller skis around the back roads of Inverurie was interspersed with running, cycling and core strength training and gym work at Garioch Sports Centre.
September snow training in the Alps prepared the athletes of the British Nordic Ski Team for the race season in Scandanavia and Central Europe. Central funding from Sport Scotland has improved over recent years as the young British team have risen to Olympic standard, but travel and many living costs are still funded by the athlete and family.
Callum put in good races right from the start of this season and is delighted to have achieved his goal of Olympic qualification before Christmas.
The official BOA selection date is Monday, January 20 2014. The two allocated male places on the Nordic TeamGB are already spoken for by Andrew Musgrave (Oyne) and Andrew Young (Huntly).
As there is still some uncertainty about other allocation, Callum will continue to race around Europe to put him in the very best shape and position for a Sochi place, should it arise.
Callum is inviting local business and organisations with an interest in local athletes to support him in this final push to Sochi.
Please contact Judy Patterson on 01467 624572 if you are interested in supporting Callum.