A CLACKS school pupil picked up a medal at a prestigious skiing competition last week as he continues his meteoric rise in the sport.

Hamish Blyth showed off all his skills as he picked up the bronze in the under-12s kombi at the GB Alpine Ski Race with the 11-year-old crossing the line in 1:05.13 to earn him the final podium spot for fifth place in the event, which is part of the 2019 GB Alpine Championships in Tignes.

It's a second medal of the event for the Scottish Ski Club racer, who also finished on the podium with his time of 38.09 seconds in the giant slalom.

And the Dollar Academy student was delighted to have added to his medal tally in the kombi.

Hamish said: "I'm so happy about it because my first run saw me make a few mistakes and I felt I had not done my best.

"Fortunately, I had a good time and was in a good position. My second run was slower, but I definitely did not make any mistakes.

"I'm proud to have been able to get a spot on the podium. It's a bit scary going up to get my medal but it's nice to have everyone clapping and supporting you."

The children's championship runs in Tignes from April 8 to 12, with more than 300 youngsters taking part across 12 different disciplines and age groups.

It follows a week of exhilarating action for the GB Delancey Alpine Championships, where some of the country's best senior skiers take to the French slopes to battle it out in for a host of silverware.

The event is a breeding ground for the next generation of British alpine talent, as the UK aims to become one of the top five Olympic ski and snowboarding nations by 2030.

And Hamish is a shining example of the potential stars of the future, who is honing his skills spending time racing in France during the season.

"I've been racing in the French system and had won a few medals there," he added.

"Racing here in the British races is different because there's different racers and ways of doing it.

"The French system only allows you one set of skis so you have to judge what the best pair to use is. Skiing is great because of the setting.

"I just love being in the mountains, with the snow and just skiing all day is so much fun.

"The sport does not require loads of talent or hard work – it's just all about having fun out there. That's what I try to do when I'm going around the mountains."