Ski show role

KIRRIEMUIR skier Andrew Matthew – who became the British Big Air champion at just 21 – will be making an appearance at the 2011 Ski and Snowboard Show later this month.

Andrew, one of the country’s youngest champions in winter sports, will join other big names showing off their talent at the event to be staged at London Earl’s Court from October 19 to 23.

Matthew comes from a sporting family and started skiing at the tender age of two.

“My entire family has pretty much always been into sport, whether it be skiing, football, athletics or golf,” he comments.

“My dad got into skiing at college and got my brothers and I into it as soon as we were old enough.

I started skiing when I was two and began racing when I was aged six.

“I raced until I was 16 or so and then decided to play about in the park during my first season when I was 17 in July 2008.

“At the end of the season, I made a last minute decision to go to The Brits and see how I got on.

“I ended up doing way better than I thought I would with a ninth in Slopestyle and a fourth in Big Air.

That’s when I decided to take freestyle more seriously and I haven’t looked back since.”

Last year Andrew was placed first in the British Big Air Championships and the O’Neill Freeski Soldiers Competition.

For full details on what the 2011 Ski and Skiboard Show has to offer, together with full ticket details, visit metrosnow.co.uk