A Cross Country Skier from Inverurie is looking to the generosity of strangers to help him reach the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Callum Smith, who started skiing at the age of eight at an open day at the Huntly Nordic ski centre, has set up a PledgeSports page to help him raise funds for a new pair of skis.
“In order to accommodate the two different competition disciplines, classical and skating, I need different skis for each.” explains Callum.
“Similarly, different snow conditions require subtly different skis, varying in both the stiffness and the microstructure in the base.
“To cover all situations as thriftily as possible I need 10 pairs of top quality skis.
“Now, in order to ensure skis are ‘top quality’ one must test, test and test again to find skis that will fit the bill, as, largely being constructed from wood, no two pairs are alike.
“In collaboration with Salomon and the British ski team’s technicians, I have a unique opportunity to have skis picked out specially, as well as test them thoroughly on snow prior to the racing season.
“Salomon have made me a generous offer whereby each pair will cost £200, hence my target total of £2000, this falls outside my budget for the season so I’m asking for help.”
Callum recently completed a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Edinburgh where he combined four years of full time study with training.
“With under two years to go until the next Olympics I’m now training full time and have moved to Lillehammer, Norway, in order to train with some of the best skiers in the World.
“This year I’ll train around 900 hours in order to prepare my body to compete.
“With the bulk of this being put in the summer, and the winter being spent away racing, little time is left for obtaining significant income from work.
“ For the next two years I’ve been fortunate enough to receive funding from SportScotland to help towards my living costs in Norway but unfortunately the cost of skis will not be covered.”
Callum has already received over £700 towards his goals and anyone wishing to pledge money can do so by visiting www.pledgesports.org/projects/cross-country-skier-the-need-for-speed.