Name: Scott Waitt
Place of Birth: Livingston
Year of Birth: 2000
Scott is from Edinburgh who will enter his second year of U18 FIS ski racing this year.
Scott started skiing aged 3 doing half days in Courchevel on the magic carpet followed by sledging during a week’s holiday. He then skied in Scotland starting off at the Lecht as the café was always nearby and served hot chocolates.
He continued to free ski with his parents and brother, Stuart, for many years learning to ski the mountain and in all weathers and snow conditions. They particularly enjoyed off piste skiing as well as ensuring they skied every run when they visited various resorts!
When did you start competing?
I took up Alpine ski training through LSRA based at the dry mat slope of Hillend in Edinburgh and my first snow race was at the Lecht in a Bairns race with Stuart. We came around 12th and 13th and so commenced many years of us competing against each other and we still commonly get similar results today.
The following year I started training with the Scottish Ski Club at the Cairngorms and entered the various Winter season Scottish races. This progressed to travelling abroad in the school holidays with FAST which supported Scottish children training and racing in Europe.
What has been your best season to date?
In my final year of children ski racing, aged 15, I was in the British Children’s Alpine Ski team and competed with them in Andorra and Abetone, Italy. In Andorra the team were 3rd overall. I also got chosen to represent Scotland at World Schools in L’Aquila, Italy in the U16 category and our team came 5th after four Alpine nations. We even won the ‘Fair Play’ award which was special. The other teams liked the fact we wore kilts and played the bagpipes! That year I came 2nd in the English Championships and 1st in the Scottish Championships in slalom. I also, managed to be on the podium for every race at the Anglo-Scottish and BSA Grand-Prix races.
Are you a naturally competitive person?
I think I am more focused than competitive but that helps in races.
How did you hear about The Skiers Trust of Great Britain?
My mum heard about it through fellow racing families. As my parents are supporting two of us in ski racing any help is appreciated. A Trust Fund was set up for us through the Skier’s Trust which has helped support some of our training costs abroad.
Do you think you’ve missed out on anything by being so focused on your skiing from such a young age?
No because skiing has given me positive goals to work towards along with a fun lifestyle. I’ve lots of friends from all over Britain now that ski and have still participated in school sports such as rugby.
Who inspires you currently, both professionally and personally?
Dave Ryding as he has shown that British Alpine ski racers can in fact make it with determination. Also, Alan Baxter for what he achieved and for his support when coaching me in FAST.
What do you enjoy outside of skiing, when you have the time?
Currently, I am enjoying golf and recently had the excitement of a hole in one. I enjoy multi sports such as rugby, tennis and mountain biking. I go to the gym as often as possible to work on my ski fitness. I also play the bagpipes.
How are you enjoying FIS?
In my first year of FIS it has been a daunting task racing against other nations. However, it allows you to view your international competition rather than being narrow minded and just skiing against British competitors. I particularly enjoyed my first super g in Bormio experiencing the speed of a FIS course. My points reduced sufficiently to allow me to successfully retain my position in the Scottish Alpine Ski Team and British Development Squad despite mainly concentrating on my Highers.
What’s the plan for the future?
I have just finished my Highers and have 6th year at school to complete whilst applying to university. If we can afford it, I would like to defer for a couple of years to ski full time and assess where it takes me. To help this goal I am also training to be a ski coach and a ski instructor.
Scott won the LSR Craig McPhee slalom dry mat race at Hillend in October 2017.
On the back of his recent wins at the Scottish and British it has been a good dry mat season for him.
Emphasis now on snow as he heads out to Hintertux on Saturday for 2 weeks.