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Coaching Team

Our coaching team are all qualified ski coaches and instructors with a national governing body. They are also all first-aid trained and PVG -checked. Most of them are ex-racers – some even ex- World Cup and Olympic skiers. They are all passionate about helping SSC race trainees be the best they can be, both on and off the slope.

Calum Shepherd

Calum Shepherd

Head Coach

Qualifications:
BASI Alpine L2 Instructor
BASI L3 Mountain Safety
BASI Coach – Ski

I’ve been skiing since I was 4, racing since I was 11, coaching since I was 16, and SSC Head Coach for the past two years. I did four years of FIS racing whilst studying at Heriot-Watt University. I wasn’t a hugely ‘successful’ ski racer in terms of podiums and results, but I was obsessed with the process: ski training, strength training, ski prep, travelling around Europe and being with my teammates. I gained so much from those experiences and I want to pass those opportunities on to the younger generations.

Kirsty Crawford

Kirsty Crawford

Head Coach, Bearsden Racing

Qualifications:
BASI Alpine L2 Instructor
UKSS Alpine L1 Performance Coach
British Alpine Technical Delegate

Starting on skis from the age of 2, I have been coaching for over ten years, both in Scotland and across the Alps with experience gained from working with race clubs such as Sandown Park, Team Evolution and CDC. I am a UKCP qualified coach with my ISIA BASI L3 Teach and over 5 seasons in France improving and training towards gaining higher qualifications. I am now Head Coach at Bearsden Racing and most recently I qualified as a Technical Delegate (TD) to support the BASS races held in Scotland. 

Jemma Clarke

Jemma Clarke

Coach

Qualifications:
BASI Alpine L1 Instructor
UKSS Alpine L1 Performance Coach
UKSS Mountain Induction

From first skiing aged 3, I fell in love with the sport and have had over 15 years of racing experience. I started out at Hillend, before progressing to training and racing in the Scottish mountains and across Europe. After three years of FIS racing, I made the move to coaching. I gained so many great friendships, skills and life experiences from growing up ski racing, and it has been great to contribute to younger athletes having a similar experience!

Craig Lamont

Craig Lamont

Adult Race Training Coach

Qualifications:
UKSS Alpine L3 Head Coach

I have been involved in coaching racers for 35 years and started racing & training myself when I was about 11. I competed full time on the FIS circuit as part of the British Citadin Squad all over Europe, travelling and living in a campervan.

When I retired from racing I started coaching at club level and quickly became the Head Coach at Cairngorm Ski Club.  After spending a season away from coaching as a race organiser I was head hunted by SSC to be the Head Coach, with many of my trainees gaining selection onto British and Scottish Teams. 

In 2023 I was selected to coach the Scottish Team for the ISF World Schools Games. I now enjoy coaching young adults, Masters racers and bringing on aspiring coaches and am qualified to mentor Level 1 & Level 2 Trainee coaches through their qualifications to become fully licenced coaches.  Outside of skiing I raced XC mountainbikes and road bikes internationally, and I love many watersports. I am also a MIAS Level 2 mountainbike leader and a PADI diving instructor.

 

Duncan Shepherd

Duncan Shepherd

Coach

Qualifications:
BASI Alpine L2 Instructor
BASI L3 Mountain Safety
UKSS Alpine L2 Performance Coach

Duncan has been coaching in Scotland for many years and has a great deal of experience. He has coached regularly on the slopes of Aberdeen for both ASC and GSnow, spent many a weekend at Glenshee and occasionally Cairngorm, and on camps in the Alps with both ATC and CDC clubs. Duncan is also an accomplished golfer and masters ski racer. 

Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth

Coach

Club President, Olympian, consultant surgeon and most importantly a stable and consistent coaching force as part of the SSC coaching program for many years. Mark was also once an SSC trainee, and has been giving back to Scottish ski racing for many years. There is no weather that can stop his group from skiing all day, and smiling all day too. He and Rachael have three kids who are all successful full-time ski racers.

Daisy Stark

Coach

Qualifications:
BASI Alpine L2 Instructor
BASI Coach – Ski