Our junior school sent three teams of six children from P4-7 to Soar at Intu for the Scottish Schools Ski and Boarder Cross. Here, Mrs Waugh describes the day.
There were 35 schools taking part from across Scotland - 186 children skiing and 16 boarding. The slope was split in two; one half was left for free skiing and the other was set out with blue and red gates, big sloping berms and two sets of rollers. There was great excitement amongst the competitors.
We arrived at 8.30am and had a good hour to warm up. Then each child had a practise run down the race course. Thereafter, the skiers went in bib order and had one timed run.
The course was incredibly hard; very much harder than last year's course! Over 40 of the 200 children were disqualified after the first race for missing gates and loads of the skiers crashed at some point on the course!
In the afternoon, they had another attempt at the course and were given their second, and final, time.
When they were not racing, they were skiing up and down the hill all day long. They looked after their belongings carefully as well as looking out for each other and cheering on other Hutchie skiers.
We had a few crashes and a few tears, but they were a brave bunch who picked themselves up and carried on. Thanks to Mrs Murning and Mrs McGinn who were on call to give first aid and apply ice packs where necessary.
Unfortunately we weren't in the medals, but the smiles on all 18 children's faces were better than gold!