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Sport

Introducing Harris...

By UofGAthleteHarris 18 Nov 2016

I’m a 19-year old freestyle skier from Edinburgh and have just moved to Glasgow to study Product Design Engineering, and so far it has been so sick!

I started skiing through my adventurous parents when I was 4 years old in the Scottish hills, and on my first family skiing holiday abroad at the age of 11, I discovered the snowpark, and have never really left it since.

If you don’t know much about freestyle skiing, here is a short description of what I do...

My discipline within the sport is Slopestyle (other disciplines are big air and halfpipe). This involves the skier making his/her way down a course which usually includes three, 50-60 foot jump features, and three rail/grind features. On the way down the course, the skier must perform tricks on every feature, and link them together with the other features, making it flow smoothly with technicality and style. A panel of judges give a score for every run and the highest scoring run wins.

It is known to be quite a dangerous and extreme sport with a high risk of injury, so, it is crucial to maintain a strong physique, and work hard when I’m at home, as well as when studying.

Over the past few years I have been developing my tricks, and have managed to move my way up through the Scottish and GB Park & Pipe pathway - this means I am now a member of the National Academy. After last season being my best season yet, as well as achieving some good European results, I managed to land my best run including tricks called: a rightside cork 900, a switch leftside double rodeo 900 and, a leftside double cork 1080. If this is a little too much jargon for you guys, it basically means going upside down a few times while spinning around a few times in different directions! :)

Since moving to Glasgow in September, I have been absolutely loving life. A mixture of staying in the Murano Street Student Village, meeting loads of cool people, getting involved with loads of fun activities, GUSSC, and enjoying my course, have all contributed to an awesome first semester so far.

I am so thankful to Glasgow Uni for supplying me with a residential services bursary, it has helped a huge amount, especially as I am planning on being abroad a lot this season!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading and have learned a little bit more about freestyle skiing! 

- Harris

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