Help must be given to winter sports says MSP

After the huge success of the London Olympics focus must be given to how to develop the next generation of Scottish Winter Olympians.

Scottish Conservatives are calling on Scottish Government Ministers to look to what funding is provided to support Scottish Winter Olympians as well as the development of the Winter Olympic Sports in Scotland.

Nanette Milne MSP, Shadow Minister for Sport said: “2014 is set to be a momentous year, not only in politics with the much anticipated Independence Referendum, but also in sport with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. 2014 will also see the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games held in Socci, Russia.

“With Team Great Britain claiming the best medal haul at an Olympics for 104 years, youngsters will have plenty opportunity to marvel at our talented athletes on show.

“In recent years Scotland has seen good winter snow levels which has seen Scottish Ski centres open early and the potential for the development of Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports.

“The Scottish Ski Centres are well placed to develop Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports and Scotland is also home to some first class year round facilities such as the Huntly Nordic Ski Centre which has become Scotland’s premier national center for Nordic skiing and is a vital asset in the development of the sport.

“I have written to Sport Minister, Shona Robison MSP, to ask what plans the Scottish Government have to develop facilities for Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports to maximise Scottish hopes at future Winter Olympics and to provide the opportunity for Scots to enjoy more winter sporting opportunities.”