Thursday, March 23, 2017

Walk Up, Ski Down Night

Wednesday night training this week was slightly different to previous week in the fact that the select few trainees attending on the night were made to walk up the slope by coaches Andrew and James. 5 minutes into the session whilst everyone was getting out onto the slope the poma lift took a turn for the worse and ended up broken awaiting repair by a specialist later in the week. Given we had 8 trainees plus coaches present and ready to go it was decided that we would just continue as normal and use the walk up as some added fitness. 

The theme for the night was posture and upper body stability with the focus on keeping the upper body stable to allow pressure to the skis beneath. Given the lack of uplift the runs were limited in number but we tried to ensure each run and every turn counted. A basic slalom course with three different corridors was set for some gate work before the course was reset for the timed runs. The combined times from the night plus the overall league standings are attached below.

Next Wednesday will see the final mid-week session before the Easter holidays so please come along and get those all-important final results.

Sunday- we are hopeful the lift will be repaired and ready for Sunday. We have our usual session 4.30-6.30 booked so please email to book your place.

After Easter- we are currently looking at what training options we can offer for after the Easter holidays, further communication will follow in the next few days as well as a post about ‘Save the dates’ for various club events as well as summer races.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Training Report Sunday 19th March

Last night saw a smaller group of trainees for the Sunday night session with a few already abroad for various camps and races with others with other sporting commitments.

We had 18 kids spanning all the groups from Development 4 through to Performance 1 working with 3 coaches, John, Alex and Andrew. Andrew was working on matching the skis through the turn with the younger members whilst John was working on body management to be in a more dynamc posture with Alex putting the performance squads through their paces with some tic-tacs and short swings followed by some gate work.

As usual we had the ever competitive head to head races at the end through a technical course with some very tight races. It is amazing how a head to head races pushes the skiers to the next level to compete against their fellow club mates- makes for some very exciting viewing.

Wednesday training is on this week please email if you haven’t already done so. Will send an email shortly to remind folk to sign up too.


GDN Coaching Team

Friday, March 17, 2017

Success for Gordon Skiers at SSSA ‘Green Mountain’ Race

Banchory Academy
This week saw two great days of racing at Braehead run by the SSSA with primary schools competing on Wednesday and Secondary on Thursday.

Gordon skiers had a strong presence at the primary event with 9 club members participating as part of their school teams. There were two courses set, 1 for boys and 1 for girls, both very similar with a small jump half way to add some variety to the event. It was a very busy event with 172 competitors all getting two runs throughout the day. All the club members skied really well and showcased the skills they have been working on over the season. In the girls category we had Daisy who skied into the top 10 to take a joint 9th place, with fellow female Gordon Skier Eva taking joint 26th in a field of 79. Over in the boy’s category we had 7 entrants with William taking the lead in rankings with a 2nd place, Nathan and Kieran took 5th and 6th with only a small margin separating them. Ruaridh, Josh and Findlay C all put in some of the best performances we have seen from them this season to take 25th, 38th and 51st out a field of 98 boys. To round off our entries in the primary event we had one of our youngest (and youngest competitor on the slope), Finlay S who before the first run decided he didn’t want to ski the jump, which was half the height of him. Finlay skied two excellent runs and was seen in the finish with smile from ear to ear. A great day for Gordon Skiers and fellow skiers from the North East.

Thursday saw another strong Gordon Skiers entry with 9 out of 120 coming from the club, a lot of the entrants don’t train with a club and just ski for their schools at these schools events. Again there were two courses with a jump located in the middle section. With less competitors and faster times than the day before the event ran smoothly and by lunchtime was ahead of schedule by an hour. In the girls event it was very tight on the results with the top 5 being split by less than 0.5seconds. Beth W took a very respectable 3rd place just ahead of Rachel B in 4th. Kathleen took 14th ahead of Ellie and Sophie who were split by 0.03 seconds to take 17th and 18th. Boys category was fierce again with just 0.6seconds splitting the top 5 , Andrew S narrowly missed out on a podium by 0.08 seconds to take 4th, with his brother Neil taking 11th. Andrew H, just in his second year of schools events, took a well-deserved 13th with Hamish completing the top 20 , 7 places behind. Again fantastic skiing by all involved and a huge well done to Banchory Academy who took 3rd place in the team category.

Gordon Skiers were represented in the event crew as well with our Race Convenor, James, taking on the duties of running the event and course setting for both days.

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Training at Alford, Sunday 19th March

Evening All,

Thank you to those that have replied about Sunday, we currently have the names below down for attending.

Finlay C
Andrew H

We still have spaces available and need a few more to allow us to run the training session. Training will run from 4.30-6.30 at Alford on Sunday evening.

We are also hoping to run mid-week training next Wednesday as well 7-9pm at Alford again. Please email to note your attendance for either or both sessions.

Kind regards

GDN Coaching Team

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Training Sunday 19th March

Still no snow then!  So it is back to Alford again this Sunday.  Training will be in the same format and will run from 4.30 to 6.30.  Because our time slot is so short can we encourage everyone to arrive for 4.00 so we can be changed and ready to hit the mat at 4.30.

One of the subjects discussed at the committee meeting on Monday was the difficulties being caused by late notification that skiers will be training.  To keep costs down we try to match the number of coaches to the number of skiers but if we are only being notified late on the evening before training that skiers will be attending this whole process becomes very difficult with the head coach often having to phone round coaches at the last moment.

Can you please email by Friday evening at the latest to let us know if your skiers are training on Sunday.

Many thanks.


News From The Committee!

Last night the committee met at the Broadstraik Inn in Westhill. Despite a very frustrating season with poor snow conditions, it was a very positive meeting!

The regular dry mat sessions running at Alford are proving very popular and a massive thanks goes to James P for organising the kids and the coaches. This is the first year for a very long time that the club has offered regular twice weekly dry mat sessions during the Winter when the snow conditions have been so poor. It was agreed that we would try and continue running the weekend Sunday session (430-630pm) after Easter. In addition it was agreed that we will look at the possibility of club trips to Hillend and the indoor slope at Braehead prior to the Twin Peaks dry mat events and the Scottish indoor races in June. The Twin Peaks event is great fun with friendly racing at Firpark, Tillicoutry on Saturday 3rd June and then more excitement at Hillend, Edinburgh on Sunday 4th June. (more details to follow)

Plans for the annual Gordon Skiers party are well underway! This year the party will be held at the Westhill Golf Club on Saturday 6th May...please save the date! We would like to encourage as many members and friends as possible to attend. If you haven’t attended before it is always a good fun night for the kids, coaches and parents, including a raffle/auction and awards presentation. Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Another important date is the club’s AGM. This will be held in the Broadstraik Inn on Wednesday 21st June...please save the date! The club is run by a small committee of dedicated volunteers and each year at the AGM we look to encourage new members to join the committee. Succession planning is important for the club committee and we try and have a good mix of newer members with new ideas with those who have been around the club for longer. The club seems to be thriving at the moment with membership up and many new enthusiastic and supportive parents. New ideas and new faces on the committee, however, are always very welcome. The commitment is not onerous and if you would like to know more about how the club runs or are interested in joining the committee then please just ask me or any of the other committee members. The current committee members are Gary Whatford (coaching convener), James Paxton (race convener), Philip Carry (treasurer), Paul Green (communications/IT), Alistair Morrison, Al MacKay, Craig Ross and myself (chair).

Thanks to all the racers, parents and coaches for your continued support.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Training Report Sunday 12th March

Last Sunday yet again saw a serious lack of snow on the hills but it didn’t halt the enthusiasm among members to get along to Alford for a training session in the evening with an amazing turnout of 33 kids.

A number of our regular coaches were either away, injured or preoccupied with families or Uni assignments but we were lucky to have ex trainee and current Level 1 Instructor Erik Rasmusen home for the weekend who kindly offered to step in to a coach position and did a fantastic job with the younger kids. Back for her 2nd week was Rachel Brown who once again handled her group effortlessly and all the trainees looked to be having fun and learning new things along the way.

With such large numbers all 4 coaches, with Andrew and James back as the regulars, it was quite a job keeping the skiers moving and occupied at all times.

As normal we finished off the session with the usual head to head races. All the trainees get to choose who they pair up against and it is now becoming a regular occurrence that the older kids elect to race against the younger ones and do so in true sporting spirit. There is a definite club spirit with the mixed age/ability races and the gathering of parents (which is growing weekly) that spectate from the bottom and cheer on all the racers, especially the youngest kids taking on the coaches.

Another great session with good atmosphere, we are certainly making the most of the lack of snow and continuing to keep the club momentum.

PLEASE NOTE- Due to the large number of members participating in the schools events this week in Glasgow it has been decided to call off the mid-week training this Wednesday, we will resume as normal next Wednesday.

GDN Coaches