Monday, 30 September 2013

Some shots at Hillend for the Scotsman

I was up at Hillend a couple of days ago to take a couple of photos for the Scotsman, and do a bit of an interview with Roger Cox. Nice to be back at the place I spent so much time as a kid! Looking forward to the interview coming out in December, but in the meantime here's an instagram video with a couple of the tricks...

Monday, 23 September 2013

Manchester Meetings

Last week the British Ski and Snowboard team had a couple of days in Manchester with the British Olympic Association to learn about the upcoming Olympics.

It was our media training and drug awareness seminars as well as a media day at Chill Factor Snowdome. It was not what I expected at all. I thought it would be a boring few days but turned out it was actually very interesting and quite exciting.

The media training was very interesting to see the lengths that some journalists go to get a story and also what sort of things can get you in trouble on social media. The drugs talk was scary more than anything as I had no idea some of the things we will fail a test for. Things that you wouldn't even think of like Lemsip or Sudafed.

After the drugs talk the team and I got a chance to go to the Manchester Velodrome. It was by far the best experience I have had in a long time. It was amazing to see and it was not what I thought it would be like. It was strange being clipped into pedals without being able to take my foot out. Also being on a fixed gear bike was strange.

It was very tiring and worked completely different muscles than I was used to. It is flat out for only a few laps but it knackers you out. So much fun though.

The next day was the media and press day. It was great fun. Tons of reporters and tv crews were in the snowdome so it was full on. I first had an interview with the BBC doing the green screen style things for the Olympics. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that so I was nervous to begin with but once I got into it I was fine.

Once that was I finished I was straight out onto the slope to do some stuff for Blue Peter. This is was I was most pleased about the whole week. I just got to ski about the slope and hit the rails and jumps and do a small amount of talking into the camera and I got a Blue Peter badge for it.

It was really cool and interesting experiencing all this for the first time. It was a bit overwhelming for me as I hadn't had anything like this before. Past Olympian Dan Wakeham was around during the day to offer advice on how to deal with it and things such as the media.

He was telling us about his experiences and how he coped with them during the Olympics. He was the first ever British Male Snowboarder to reach the Olympics so it is great to know him very well and get his take on things.

Overall it was a great three days and incredibly useful to find out all these little things I was unaware before.

Here is a short clip of me on the channel 4 news. I am the skier in all black with orange skis.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Local Heroes - Join In

Yesterday I was lucky enough to receive a phone call asking if I was willing to go through to Bearsden ski club for a Local Heroes - Join In publicity shoot. Local Heroes is a program funded by Bank of Scotland to help give promising athletes a bit of extra funding so they have more opportunities to train. Thankfully I am one of them.

The Join In program is to help young kids get involved in sport so they asked me to do some tricks for a photographer. I was also with Pam Thorburn who is a Skier X racer and also a Local Hero. It turns out they are doing a newspaper article in the Glasgow Herald. So I had a small interview before skiing.

It is pretty difficult to get a decent shot on an iPhone so it is pretty blurry.

The photographer wanted us both to go off the jump at the same time but didn't want me to spin so I just had to do a straight air grab. It was pretty good fun. After that we spent some time doing portrait shots with the slope in the background with some kids skiing behind. 

I haven't seen any of the photos on the camera I only have the ones from an iPhone. So the quality isn't great. It was fairly productive. The whole shoot was finished within an hour. So it meant I had a bit of time to actually go and have a fun ski. It was the first time I had been on dryslope since November so I was a bit rusty. 

The article should be out on either Friday or Saturday. So make sure to keep an eye out for it!