December and January were quite frustrating months with DNFs and races not going to plan - the results didnt reflect the way I was skiing in training which made things more frustrating.
Things improved when i was told that I was going to attend the World Championships in Are Sweden as the reserve for the Team event. I also was told that i could do the GS qualifying race as well when out there. I trained for a week with Tilley and Charlie who were going to be racing in the GS and SL plus Team event and then we travelled up to Sweden. The experience is something i will never forget as, not only did I train with the top two British girls for 2 weeks, I also mixed with all the World Cup girls and went to the gym with them and ate with them. It was light years away from the FIS circuit and gave me more determination than ever to get to the top of the sport.
Unfortunately in the GS I crashed quite badly in the final section to the finish and had to have an MRI which showed bone bruising and micro fractures of my fibia which is a 10 week recovery. The consultant said I could continue skiing but if I had another crash like this I ran the risk of fracturing my leg.
I then went straight to the World Juniors in Italy. I finished the GS but came out in the slalom. The highlight of the championships was the Team event where we were up against Austria in the opening round and eventhough we were down to 3, due to one of the team taking ill, we beat them. This was an amazing result and has also given GB 2 extra places for selection at future Championships as a result. Unfortunately we were beaten in the next round but we will always remember beating the favourites.
The last two months have been out in Austria with my team Ambition in Leogang. We have been training on the glacier which has meant that we have had plenty of runs each day.
I am changing my slalom technique which I have to do in order to move forward. Its difficult to take something which is in your muscle memory and your brain and change them as the they do this repeatedly over many years. Its taking longer but I am now starting to see the results and if I keep going with it, will be beneficial through the season.
I did my first race of the season in Austria and was pleased with a 5th place in slalom so its a good base to build on.
The summer has been a huge amount of gym work in preparation for the winter and also a month in New Zealand and Australia.
The camp was really good and I was happy with the way the training went. I was also using my new skis as I decided after 10 years of using Head skis that I needed a change. I did a number of tests and found the Fischer skis were quick and I liked the way you had more ways of setting up the ski, especially in slalom.
I managed a couple of PBs in slalom which was good but was a bit frustrated with the races as I knew I could have dropped my points even more, but all in all it went well.
Back home I have continued with the gym work and also been helping out coaching with some schools and also with the Race Team at Milton Keynes so I can put something back into the sport and help others improve which I enjoy.
Looking forward to getting back out to Austria in October for the start of the new season.
Since returning home I have been working hard in the gym to re-build the muscle loss from during the season ready for my first camp in June. I gave myself a week off before going back to my local gym in Kettering and with my personal trainer.
I have also just received the news that I have been re-selected to the GB Alpine squad for the coming season in the Europa Cup team which I am over the moon about.
March saw me do a number of races in Austria, Italy and France with us gearing up to the final few races of the season, including the British Championships in Tignes. Its fair to say that the championships didnt go to plan but I did become British National Junior slalom champion and an international podium, was second in the National Super G and an international podium and was third in the National Junior U21 Downhill. Unfortunately I made two mistakes in both GS races which were the titles I was looking to take.
Our final races of the season were the Belgian Championships where I finished second overall in the slalom.
We raced in Austria before heading over to Italy. I had an amazing week at the English championships in Bormio. It’s such a lovely place and normally blue skis and sunshine with plenty of snow. This year was no exception except it was really cold!
Delighted to come home with 12 medals (8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) plus the overall trophy.
Finally arrived home for a few days rest before flying back out to Austria on 25th February and straight into more races.
Beginning of January we had some races in Austria before heading over to Switzerland for some races before the WJC. At the end of January headed over to Davos in Switzerland for the World Junior Championships. I had been selected to race Slalom, GS and super G as well as the team dual slalom. The opening ceremony was great as usual we proudly held the flag. I had hoped for a top 30 result in Slalom and GS but unfortunately crashed half way through the GS when I was in 26th place. The slalom was going well and in the top 20 when straddled the third gate from the end. So, it was down to the Super G. I managed to get 22nd so a top 30 finish which is what I wanted. Half the field did not complete so was proud to have made it down especially against the world’s best.
Beginning of January we had some races in Austria before heading over to Switzerland for some races before the WJC.
At the end of January headed over to Davos in Switzerland for the World Junior Championships. I had been selected to race Slalom, GS and super G as well as the team dual slalom. The opening ceremony was great as usual we proudly held the flag.
I had hoped for a top 30 result in Slalom and GS but unfortunately crashed half way through the GS when I was in 26th place. The slalom was going well and in the top 20 when straddled the third gate from the end. So, it was down to the Super G. I managed to get 22nd so a top 30 finish which is what I wanted. Half the field did not complete so was proud to have made it down especially against the world’s best.
I finished off a few last races in Hemesdal which was interesting as I skied there when I was young and found the little wooden chalet that I stayed in with my parents about 9 or 10 years ago.
It was then back to Austria for the final races of 2017 and I was pleased to get my first win in FIS in the GS in Dienten which was a great end to the year.
It was then back to the UK on 23rd to spend 7 days at home with my parents before heading back on on 30th to start training for the second part of the season.
Happy New Year!
We went to Solden in Italy for the first races where I competed in a couple of GS and SL races which were good races to start the season off with. I was happy with my skiing this early.
I then made the decision to go to Norway with a view to trying to see if i could qualify for some European Cup races but unfortunately I never got to race in them due to the limited places GB have a these races - it was a shame because I was keen to test myself against the top skiers there. I didnt set any PBs in the races there but they were a solid base to build on for the season ahead.
October saw me back on snow for a few weeks training on the glacier and then back home for a quick break before heading back out for the first races of the season.
Unfortunately the last races in New Zealand were cancelled due to high winds which made it impossible to race - we renamed Mt Hutt Mt Shut and it was a real let down as I was really looking forward to doing some speed events.
Overall New Zealand and Australia gave me the opportunity to get some valuable on snow time and lowered my points in both GS and slalom ready for the winter season in Europe.
Back home and the rest of September has been mainly gym work and general fitness to build up my strength and aerobic ability. I am seeing the results in terms of the power I am generating in the gym which is good for October when I go back out to Austria.
The month ended with a great party for Ambitions 10 year anniversary and lots of racers who have trained there over the years went so I caught up with lots of old teammates from the past few years.
August saw me travelling out to New Zealand to spend all of August and the first week of September racing and training in both New Zealand and Australia. We flew via Los Angeles into Auckland and then an internal flight down to the South Island where we were based.
After a few days training we were straight into the races where we had our first races in Cardrona. Unfortunately they didnt go to plan but overall for my first races of the new season I skied well which was positive to build on.
We then moved to Coronet Peak where I had a top 10 and top 5 result in GS and a top 10 in slalom and again I was pleased with my skiing although I made some mistakes in the courses.
We then flew over to Australia for some races in Thredbo - there were a number of World Cup girls there from Sweden and Norway so the competition was going to be high. I was pleased to get a top 10 in GS, beating some World Cup racers and posting the second fastest overall second run, plus also achieved a PB in slalom which was good.
We then moved back to New Zealand for another GS and slalom race in Coronet Peak. Again the World Cup girls had come over as well and I was delighted to score 20 points in the first GS which is a massive PB and another PB in slalom.
Our final set of races are speed races at Mount Hutt at the beginning of September before returning home.
July has been taken up with more fitness and out first real camp of the season. Due to the conditions of the glacier in Italy we were going to go to, we decided to hold the full camp at Wittenburg in Germany, one of the largest indoor slopes in Europe. The slope was basically ice so a good test over the 10 days. Shame about the glacier conditions but it meant we had two sessions a day on the slope, combined with fitness and ski prep so a full on 10 day camp.
Then it was a quick trip back home to pack and go back down to Heathrow to begin the trip to New Zealand, for more training and races in both New Zealand and Australia during August.
We are staying in Arrowtown again this season, just outside Quessnstown which is a good base for training and travelling to the races and it looks like they have had snow so hopefully that will make a decent base for the season there.
May and June have very much been focusing on my dry land training ready for my summer camp and then my trip to New Zealand for more on snow training and racing.
I can see some real changes in terms of power and strength over the last two months which is what I have been concentrating on mixed with agility. Managed to turn my ankle whilst running which has meant more physio but hopefully that will be on the mend by the time I go away in mid July.
Had four days on snow just to make sure I dont lose the feeling which was good and also had my new boots fitted with Head and also picked up my skis from the factory ready for the new season.
Following the British, the team stayed on in France to compete in the Belgium Championships in Val Thorens. I had some great runs in GS and Super G and again has personal bests in both - a 31 in GS and a 46 in Super G. We then went onto Les Deux Alpes for the final few races as I was hoping to lower my slalom points but it didnt go my way unfortunately.
So now the season has come to an end I can say its worked out really well and I am right on track with where I wanted to be points-wise in nearly all disciplines and also I achieved my goal for the season of qualifying for the World Junior Championships. I also gained titles at both the English and British Championships and also had two FIS podiums.
I have also started my own business to help support my skiing which is an online business selling purely Bamboo clothing and home and baby clothing www.mybamboo.co.uk. I believe bamboo is a great natural product which is sustainable and hypo allergenic and fits with my outlook being an elite athlete.
Finally, I would like to thank all my sponsors this season who without their support I would not be able to train and compete as I do. As usual my parents for their support and guidance and finally my coach Marc Telling and Ambition Racing who has worked so hard with me this season to achieve my results.
March is always hectic as we are leading up to the end of the season and the Delancy British Alpine Championships.
At the beginning of March I had a couple of downhill races in Austria and lowered my downhill points which was a good start.
We then went to Are in Sweden for the World Junior Championships. I really enjoyed the experience and Are is a great place. I competed in slalom, GS and also the team event and although it didnt go the way I planned with the races I gained a huge amount of confidence to carry forward.
On my way to France we stopped off in Germany for a GS race and I had my best result with 33 points.
It was nice to see my parents in France at the British Championships as they always make the effort to support me there. Its a long week of racing every discipline and the week got off well with a British title, results and podiums in Super G which again lowered my points. Downhill was a bit disappointing for me but I still lowered my downhill points which was another positive step and in GS I won a British title and posted the fastest second run overall time and 35 points. The slaloms didnt work out on the day but looking back on the week as a whole I was really pleased with my performance in my first season in the U21 age category, especially when racing against the seniors as well.
February was an important month as it was the English Championships in Bormio Italy and also the last opportunity to qualify for the World Junior Championships.
I trained very hard leading up to the English and I was really pleased with my results. I was first English girl in the NJR slalom, both Super Gs and also English GS Champion. I was also third overall in the GS race so made another FIS podium. I was also extremely pleased to see that the work paid off and I made a score of 39 points in the GS race which meant I had made the selection criteria for the World Juniors.
The following week I also scored one of my lowest Slalom points which has also reduced my Slalom points as well.
I am honoured to have been officially offered a place in the World Junior Championships which are being held in Are Sweden 4-16 March and I will be competing for GB in Slalom, GS and also the Team event.
I have also taken on a new sponsor this month - Butchers - who are one of the leading names in pet nutrition. You can read more about them on my sponsors page.
January has been another frustrating month with flashes of where I should be getting to mixed with issues still. I still managed my second best PB in GS which is positive. The road for an athlete is never a straight line of progression and its how you deal with these issues makes you either push through and keep going or give up. I am more determined than ever to succeed and I am also now able to do light weights so my strength will start to increase back to pre injury of the ankle.
I am positive for the second half of the season and looking forward to getting back to full fitness and full strength.
I was home for 5 days at the end of January so I took the opportunity to visit my new sponsor Blue Skies and had a fascinating time understanding the business and how it started - I even got the opportunity to sample some of the fruit which I really enjoyed.
November and December have been full on training and racing so sorry I have not updated my blog for a month.
It's been a frustrating time with racing where I have been getting to grips with some changes to my technique. The long term will mean I will be quicker but at the moment I am making mistakes or going too direct but its improving. As a result I have achieved a new GS PB which means my points are still going down in the right direction.
The great news is that I have just been accepted by a new sponsor - Blue Skies who produce freshly cut fruit and squeezed juices which are shipped from their local factories in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil to stores such as Sainsbury's.
As an athlete, I am proud to be associated with a locally based business who produces 100% natural fruit and fruit juices with no added concentrates or preservatives.
Unfortunately the results of the MRI showed an 80% tear in my spring ligament which should have needed surgery. The interesting part was my arch had not fallen which the consultant had never seen before in any previous cases so I opted for time and physio and we bought a hand held ultrasound machine to help speed up the recovery. I also had to have special orthotics made for my boots which support the arch of my foot in order to be able to go back to skiing.
I was also shortlisted for the Daventry Young Sportwoman of the Year and I was lucky enough to win it for the second time. I have now been shortlisted for the Northamptonshire Awards as a result which take place in November. I am amazed at the sporting talent there is in the area and how many young people are representing England or GB in their sports which is great to see.
I have been to see the consultant again and he has given me the all clear to go back out to Ambition at the beginning of November but I am not allowed to do any running or jumping etc until I see him again at Xmas, but he is so pleased that he wants to use my injury for a paper he is presenting in Switzerland to show that I am proof that you do not automatically have to have an operation for this type of injury so I feel a bit of a unique case!
We ended up doing three Super Gs for our final races and I was happy with my runs, based on how flat parts of the course were. So how would I sum up the trip to New Zealand - the races were hard and lots of World Cup girls in them which was good for looking at where I stand. The experience as whole was great and the training was excellent. Would I do it again, definitely as it sets you up for the winter and builds a good base.
I am now recovering with the ankle which means basically upper body and core workouts until I get the ok to continue with my normal routine. I have had x rays and also an MRI which I will get the results in early October so fingers crossed!
August has been full on with racing in both New Zealand and Australia. Managed a couple of PBs in both slalom and GS which is good but also picked up a bad ankle injury in warm up in the second half of the month which has resulted in ligament damage. This has affected my slalom due to the pain which has meant I have not been able to finish a race which is really annoying as I am skiing fast at the moment. GS is still going well and in Australia I had another PB so very pleased.
We have moved on again to Mount Hut for the last week of my stay where the speed races are being held and I am due to race in Super G and combined before returning to the UK.
12th July saw the Ambition team meet at Heathrow for the long journey to New Zealand. We went via LA into Auckland and then an internal flight down to Queenstown. We are staying in Arrowtown which was an old mining town and close to Coronet Peak where will do most of our training.
We are staying in two rented houses for the 8 weeks and have enrolled at a gym and crossfit. The snow conditions meant for the first week or so we have been free skiing which has been good for technique and getting lots of ski miles in and a few days before the end of July it dumped down meaning a day on twin tips in the powder.
Some of us decided to do a bungee jump and we ended up at the second highest in the world. Its was a fantastic experience swan diving off a platform suspended between a gorge - not for the faint hearted but I had a great time.
We are now preparing for the races in New Zealand and Australia during August.
I have now finished my Extended Diploma Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences course and at the end of June was presented with my results and am pleased to say I passed with distinction.
I have decided that I will take a year out and become a full time athlete for this season, beginning with two months training and racing in New Zealand and then doing the winter season in Europe. This will be the first time I have had the opportunity to go full time so am looking forward to the season ahead.
The rest of the month has been taken up with fitness and crossfit in order to prepare for two months on snow and I feel stronger going into the summer than I have done which is positive news going forward.
It was good to get a week on snow after a break of a over a month and the camp went well. I had the opportunity to try another make of ski as I had been approached to use their brand, but after trying them out I decided to stay on Head.
We worked on basic technique which helps fill the gap between the end of the ski season and the summer. We did a lot of fitness and hiking in the mountains which was good. We only had one day cancelled due to the weather so all in all a good camp.
I also attended the fracture clinic to have a few sessions of therapy on my back which helped in preparation for the camp.
Since my return to England I have been busy with my college assignments and also my fitness and physio. To mix things up I have also started doing crossfit which is hard work but fun and nice people to train with.
I am off to Austria in May for a weeks camp and then continue my preparations for the summer.
I was also contacted by Woman's Sport UK for an interview which they have published on their website http://www.womenssportsuk.com/wsuk-news/news/jessica-tignes-anderson-gb-skier
The season ended as usual with the Delancy British Alpine Championships in Tignes, France. It started off well in the speed disciplines of Super G and Downhill. I ended up winning the Junior and U18 Super G titles which was great following last years crashes and I had seconds in both downhills. Unfortunately I also tweaked my back in the downhill which caused me quite a bit of pain.
The technical events didnt do to plan and I ended up coming out in GS and Slalom which meant a very disappointing end to the season. I did, however, pick up a podium as a member of the overall winning team with Ambition so ended on a high.
This season has been the hardest one so far combining rehab with competing and has seen a lot of highs and lows over the past 12 months. I feel that I am over the worst and truely on the way back to full fitness and will be spending the next three months working hard on my fitness in order to get well prepared for summer training.
I would like to thank Marc at Ambition for working through the injury with me this season and also Georgina and Anna Marie who have helped keep me on the road to recovery and my parents who have been so supportive and encouraging during this last year.
Going back out to Austria meant another two week block of training before going over to Bormio Italy for the English Alpine Championships. The training went really well and by the end of the two weeks I felt that I was now getting close to where I was at the end of last season and was feeling confident about my skiing and enjoying my training.
The races started off with a DNF in the first slalom but I didn't beat myself up about it as I skied the top half of the course well. The week of racing went from strength to strength and I won the second slalom, the two GS races, the Super G and the Super Combined. I was U18 overall champion for the second year running and also went one better than last year and also became the overall female champion as well.
I also lowered my points in Super G and also Combined so great end to a fantastic week.
Back home for two weeks with my studies and have some physio and then off out to Austria again for another two weeks of training before heading over to Tignes France for the Delancy British Alpine Championships.
Happy New Year!
I spent the new year with everyone who was out at Ambition and had a good night. The races didn't quite go to plan as I just ran out of time with the amount of training I have had this season but the positive was I managed my second best FIS points score in GS which shows I am getting back to where I should have been at the start of the season.
I was also selected to represent GB at the World Junior Championships in Sochi Russia at the end of February but due to my College commitments this year I had to turn the opportunity down which was an extremely hard decision for me.
I am now packing to return to Austria to continue my training in preparation for the English Championships in Bormio Italy during February.
December was my first real time back on skis in the mountains to try and get a decent block of training in. During the month I also took the decision to race which was a big step as I have not been in a start gate since March. Needless to say it was a mixed bag with a couple of finishes and a couple of DNFs but at least I know that I can cope with race conditions and I just need to build back up to where I finished off at the end of 2015 season.
I came home for Xmas to spend a week with the family and flew back out to Austria on 30th for week as there was a British race in the New Year in Austria I decided to do.
Its been full on during November. Passed my driving test after 3 months at my first attempt so really happy and now mobile so not reliant on my parents for driving me round!
We have been doing a lot of investigation about my back and we found a clinic which specialises in healing fractures using laser and ultrasound so I have been travelling every Saturday to have sessions. It has made a very positive impact and I am going longer each week without pain which is a massive step forward.
We have now made the decision that I am good enough to commit to a longer period of training so am going back out to Ambition in December for 3 weeks. No doubt I will have to manage the pain and gear training around it but I am much happier and confident about the season ahead.
Its been a while since I wrote my blog so apologies. Seven months on and still working hard for the winter. Fitness is going well and I am probably stronger than I was last season which is a great platform to build on. The back is still hurting but the pain level is dropping which means I can do more.
I have started gate training indoors at Snozone MK and its great to be back doing what I love. Building up the speed week by week which is testing how good the back is holding up. I also went out to Ambition for 2 days for Marc to assess where I am - he was pleased to see me on skis again and a big thanks to all the comments of support from people who watched by video of when I was out.
I am coaching every week which is keeping me involved in skiing and I am really enjoying working with the children and seeing them progress.
I celebrated my birthday with my first driving lesson which was great and really enjoyed it - we then went out for a family meal. We also had a new addition to the family - Lillie a white Cockapoo to keep Willow company so back to getting up in the middle of the night for a while!
As we are progressing at a slow pace with the back, I decided to do something positive and took my BASI Level 1 which means I can be an instructor at indoor slopes so I can put something back into the sport even if I cannot race.
I ended the summer by going to Reading festival and had a great time watching the bands and catching up with loads of skiing and school friends.
July was mostly taken up going away to Italy for training with Ambition on the Stelvio glacier. It was a really hard camp for me as I am still struggling with my back problems which meant I was unable to do anything other than slow work. I tried gates but the pressure build up was too much for my back to take so I was unable to continue. It was very frustrating seeing my team mates progresing through the camp but unfortunately there was nothing I could do about it.
The rest of July was very much back to physio and rehab exercises every week to continue my recovery.
June has been full on for a number of reasons - I finished my first year at Moulton College and attended my years graduation ceremony where I was presented with my certificate for passing with Distinction Star so really pleased.
I have also been receiving intense physio from Georgina every week and also working on strengthening my lower back to support my disc and lower back with Anna Marie which has been going well.
Thanks to Glen I have spent an hour on skis at Snozone MK to check to make sure I can go to Italy for my summer camp with Ambition.
It has been a long three months of rehab and I still have a long way to go to get back to full fitness before the season starts at the end of the year but I feel that I am making a small amount of progress every week.
Delighted to let you know that I have been re-selected to the Team GB U18 squad for 2015/16 Season, this will be my 7th season representing Team GB which is great.
Since returning home I have been to a consultant about the pain in my back following my Super G crashes at the British. The pain has prevented me from doing my dry land training, so I was keen to find out what the problem was. I had an MRI scan 13 May which has shown a compressed disc in my upper back and fracture in my lower spine (lytic spondylolisthesis and bilateral pars defect is medical term!).
Fortunately I am pleased the consultant said no medical intervention required at the moment just lots of physio and build up exercises to be ready to start my ski training at the end of June when I go training in Italy fingers crossed!
March is usually the end of the season with the finale being the Delancy British Alpine Champs which this year were held in Tignes France. This is the first time I have been back to the place I was named after for 14 years so I was really looking forward to the races.
Before arriving in Tignes I went ot Germany to do a Super G which was good as I lowered my points.
Now that I am in FIS we compete in the National Championships and National Junior Championships so 8 days of racing.
It wasnt a good first day with DNF on both the Super G races but it got better as the week went on. The next race was Downhill and I had not even tried my downhill skis before the races so was looking forward to my first ever race. Frst was the training run, then they decided as weather and snow conditions were holding up, to run two races all the same day. I was really happy as each run I got faster and finished two downhills in 3rd place each and earned my first downhill points. My parents held their beathe for the 1 minute 20 seconds it took me to get down!
By the end of the Championships I came back with four trophies, 8 medals (9 podiums) including two international ones and the overall U18 National Champion Title so a great end to my first season in FIS and the U18 age group.
At the start of February I travelled to Austria to train for week before going across to Italy for the English Championships in Bormio. Unfortunately I did not finish first run of Slalom on the Sunday and came out just where my coach was standing!
The next day was GS which went better and I won U18s
Following day was two Super G races, my first Super G this season and finished 2nd on both races and awarded English U18 Super G Champion. I then had another GS where I came 2nd and another Slalom race where I came 4th.
At the end of the Champs I was awarded joint 2nd English Overall champion for the week, as well as English U18 overall champion so was pleased with the results.
Last week I had the honour to have been chosen to represent Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Austria and Lichtenstein. I was one of 4 girls chosen for Alpine along with 4 boys. On Friday 23rd all athletes had to attend Bisham Abbey for our kitting out session, meet all the officials who would be attending with us and meeting all the other GB athletes for the other winter disciplines. We also attended a number of sessions including media which were really interesting. The Adidas kit we given were absolutely brilliant and made even more special with the Team GB and Olympic rings logos on everything.
The Opening Ceremony was amazing and it really hit home the importance of the occasion when we all lined up in our matching kit to proudly walk into the stadium with the Union Jack. There were the official speeches and then a little girl came down from the ski jump in a chair carrying the torch over everyone’s head and the flame was lit.
The first event for the girls was the slalom. There were over 90 girls in the race so it was a big field – I wasn’t very happy with my first run as the goal was always to get into the top 30 so that I would get the better conditions for the second run. I ended up 41st so knew I had to go for it in the second run – I ended up 32nd so all in all put in a credible performance.
Due to the weather the programme changed so instead of getting a day off in between we were back up racing the following day in GS. I was feeling very positive about my GS but the course was extremely tricky and we lost nearly half the field in the first run. Unfortunately I was one of them after carrying too much speed onto the flats and couldn’t make the gate. I was happy in how I had attacked the steep and was really pushing all the way which was a real positive to take away.
We also spent some time watching other sports like the ice hockey and also getting to know the other athletes and to see that they have to work just as hard as we do to reach the top of their sport.
Our final event was the head to head GS team race. Only 16 teams qualified and we managed to pull Austria who eventually won the gold. We thought we would do well as we enjoy the head to head formats – everyone put in 100% but we ended up getting knocked out and everyone had huge smiles on their faces though as we had enjoyed it so much.
Friday saw the closing ceremony and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame – we swapped some bits of kit like hats and t shirts with other nations which was fun and then headed back to pack and fly back to UK.
So how would I sum up my experience – out of this world! I have learnt so much about being an Olympian, I have made some great new friends and I have memories which will never leave me. Being a member of Team GB has been an absolute privilege and it was an honour to have been chosen.
With the snow conditions we moved to Geilo for my first races of the month - they went really well and I scored personal bests in both slalom and GS.
We then went back to Austria to join the rest of the Ambition juniors and headed off to St Moritz for more races. Unfortunately we could not get in so quickly drove to Italy for some races there. I had a very good GS race and nearly equalled my score from Norway and ended my races for this year with another personal best in slalom which was a great end to my four week block to begin the winter.
Flew out to Norway on 22nd and then made my way up to Hemsedal for our first block of training. Its a full on camp made harder with the fact that it is quite dark a lot of the time and you end up skiing under floodlights. Have learnt a lot and feel like my technique is improving with a concentrated block of training.
I received an invitation to attend the Sports Awards at Daventry District Council as a finalist for the Young Sportwoman of the Year. I was delighted to win and was presented with a wonderful glass trophy and certificate. As a winner I was put forward to the Northamptonshire District awards and was again selected as a finalist in the Young Sportwoman category which took place on 6th November. I finished up as runner up and had a really good evening.
I spent October half term in Austria and we went over to Italy for my first FIS races, two slalom and two GS. I managed to score some points which will help with starts at my next races in Norway.
September was the start of a new period in my education - I received my GCSE results which meant I could go Moulton College where I have started my Extended Diploma Level 3 Sports and Exercise Sciences which is really interesting and we are learning anatomy, physiology, nutrition and exercise physiology.
September was also very sad as I lost my Golden Retriever Meadow after nearly 15 years - we have decided to get another Retriever and have chosen one from a litter and named her Willow so cant wait to get her home in a few weeks.
August saw me off to Chile for the month to train. After a long flight and change at Toronto we landed in Santiago. We spent the first 2 weeks in El Colorado which is high altitude and therefore you get out of breath really quickly. To get a block of training this long is great, especially moving to FIS, so it meant a lot of quality time on snow.
We then moved south to see if we could get better snow conditions and went to Nevardo de Chillan. We were lucky enough to meet Tina Maze and she even skied a couple of runs in our course and the German World Cup team were also there.
For the final week we went to Corralco where the French and Swiss teams were based. It was a fantastic experience to spend so long on skis and also see a new country. I will always remember the sunsets and sunrises, not to forget the earthquake we experienced!
My exams have finally finished so I can look forward to the long wait for the results!
I attended the Ambition Hemel Camp so I could get a day on skis again and also pick up my new skis for the season.
Cannot believe the length of my downhill skis and it looks like we will be investing in a longer roof box this winter. The big job now is to get all the skis prepared for my trip to Chile in August so I can get used to the new skis now that I am moving into FIS and going to be competing in Europe in the Winter.
The dreaded GCSEs have began and will last for the next 6 weeks!
I am delighted to have been selected to the BSS U18 Alpine squad which means this will be my 6th season in the GB team after 5 seasons in the Children's and U16 teams.
Since returning home from the end of the season May has been solid revision and I have been concentrating on my fitness with my personal trainer. We have been working on a number of areas ahead of getting back on skis in the summer.
Arrived in Meribel on the 5th April and we got sorted out in the chalet ready to race in Courchevel on 6th April. The first race was GS and I had a great run until straddled the last gate on my first run. The next day we arrived to find the some of the French World Cup team had put up a course in between ours to do some ski testing. In the Slalom I picked bib 1 – I had a great forerunner to follow – one of the French World Cup team volunteered to forerun our course! I did well and was in 2nd Place after first run and made a mistake part way down and I finished 2nd.
The rest of the week was the British Championships in Meribel, the first day was Super G, and unfortunately the weather was awful rain and then fog. They were not happy to run the race so cancelled it. The following day was another Super G – really enjoyed it although disappointed to finish 5th overall. The next was the slalom and I was first bib but after a huge delay just could not get into the run and straddled after a few gates. Finally we had the GS which I came 4th (3rd 1998) just missed 3rd place by 200th of second so was really disappointed.
As I had done well at the Anglo Scottish I was selected again for Topolino (The top Children’s world championships) in Italy. Mom and Dad flew out to watch. It is amazing they managed to keep the snow as the temperatures when we arrived were 21 degrees! They salted the courses to try and maintain the snow but unless you had first bibs conditions were awful by the time I got to race – had bib 68 on both days for Slalom and GS. There were 86 U16 girl racers and 46 countries were represented at the event, so the parade took a long time!
I had a steady first run on the slalom and then went for it on the second run as wanted to get top 30 – unfortunately straddled a gate in closing section, so DNF. The GS wasnt a good first run and ended up starting the second run way back – I skied well and made up 10 places to finish 46th.
From Austria we travelled across to Italy for the English Championships and the chance to race Super G for the first time this season and they decided to do two on the same day!
First Super G finished 2nd and next Super G finished 4th. Then the GS race and finished 4th with the third fastest time on the second run. Slalom was a nightmare – of 41 racers only 19 finished with none of the GB girls finishing at all and of 68 boys only 33 finished. Had a treat at the end of the week when I was asked to forerun the FIS GS and loved it
After some good training in Austria we arrived in Les Houches for the Anglo Scottish championships. I had a mixed bag of results winning in GS and a 5th in Slalom and two DNFs.
On the back of my results I was chosen to represent GB at Topolino for the second time during my time in the squad which was fantastic news.
My first race for GB was cancelled at the last minute due to the snow conditions not being safe enough to race which as a real disappointment
December was mainly training out in Austria with my new team Ambition.
We had a week of full on training and fitness with the emphasis on speed through the course. I returned home for Xmas for a few days which was nice and then went back for a further week. We trained and also simulated race conditions to prepare us for the following week in France.
We also tried cross country skiing which was interesting, especially trying to go round corners!.
Back to rowing agian and two more rowing regatta’s both at Bedford – unfortunately both the quad and our double I was in did not win but had respectable times against a massive field.
Managed a few training sessions at Mitlon Keynes so I could get some on snow time and gate practice.
The “Road to Sochi” fundraising event at Mk was great. I got to ski with Sir Steve Redgrave and Graham Bell, we also had Ewan Thomas and Heather Mills there on the slopes too.
Half term I spent two weeks training in Austria with Ambition and really enjoyed it – very tired when I got back and then straight back into school work.
GB have allocated me the Czech Race at the end of January so should be fun flying out day after the mock GCSE’s.
Did another rowing regatta at Milton Keynes and delighted to say our quad won and then I joined another quad who were short of someone and that quad won too. So good day!
Started serious fitness training regime now alongside the skiing and rowing and we had another GB fitness day – this time in Liverpool. Haven’t had any results as yet but they seemed pleased
After many years with the British Ski Academy I have decided to change to a new team - Ambition Racing who are based in Austria. It was a very big decision for me as I have grown up with the BSA, but my old coach Ross Green has joined them as U16 coach so it makes sense for me to move to them. I went to Italy with them for their summer camp and had a good time and enjoyed the coaching. We also did downhill mountain biking and white water rafting which was great.
I would like to thank everyone at BSA for everything they have done over the years, especially Malc, Ali and Lynn.
Based on my result in the Super G I was put forward for re-selection to the GB U16 Alpine sqad and after a successful fitness test I have been selected again for my final year in children. I am really pleased as that means I have been in the squad now fo 5 seasons.
I am also back rowing so am enjoying being back on the water.
My Parents came to pick me up from Les Houches and take me over to Meribel for the final weeks racing. Things got off to a great start and I finished 2nd in the slalom. In GS I made a mistake in the first run and was in 12th position. I had a really good second run with the 3rd fastest time and managed to get back up to 9th which was a bit disappointing.
We then started the British championships - The Super G training run was first. Its not really a training run as we all know that if the snow is not good enough to run the race, this will count as the championship so everyone goes for it. I had a ski release and ended up in the netting a bit battered and bruised and needed to spend some time being seen to at the bottom. The next day they managed to run the race proper and I ended up 5th overall and 3rd in my age which meant I would be shortlisted for GB U16 selection. I was in a lot of pain but it goes with the sport so you have to get on with it. I DNF'd in slalom at the end of the first run and then managed a below average 12th in GS but at least I had managed the week.
When we got home I went straight to the osteopath in Oundle and they treated me for whip lash, my spine was out of allignment and my calf was badly bruised so to be honest 2013 has been a very up and down season with injuries, mixed with some good results.
I represented my school at the Inter schools races in Les Houches and my dad came out for the weekend to see me as it was his birthday. It snowed non stop for 48 hours before the races so we thought they would be cancelled with too much snow but eventually they managed to get one run of GS off. I went slightly off line, hit a snow bank and ended up with a face full of snow. The slalon the next day was better and I ended up 5th.
I then went straight off to Italy to Abetone for the International race where I came 39th overall and 14th in my age in GS and in Slalom I was pleased with 26th and 10th in my age group.
It was then straight back to France for 4 days training before the final races of the season - the Scottish and British Championships.
Most of February has been taken up with visits to doctors and nurses for my frostbite and also keeping my fitness up with the lack of skiing. I managed to get the go ahead to compete again the week before I went to Slovenia and Croatia for GB.
Slovenia was a hard few days of racing and I was 42nd in GS which was a disappointment and came 29th in Slalom and 11th in my age which was better. My parents came out to support me at the last minute so it was nice for them to see me race.
We then travelled over to Croatia for the second International. I was much happier with my GS and ended up 17th and 6th in my age. I was aiming for a top 10 in Slalom but was carrying too much speed on the first run and couldnt keep in so did not finish that race.
I got back to England just in time to celebrate my grandmothers 80th birthday and we had a family get together for the first time in ages so was nice to see everyone. A week of exams and then out to BSA for training before my other International race and then the final races of the season in France.
I flew back out to the BSA on the 30th December to train as I had selection races coming up. It was good to see my parents skiing for couple of days before the races and I even managed an afternoon ski with Dad which was fun.The conditions were really good, blue sky's, fantastic snow and a lot of sunshine!
I attended the Anglo Scottish Races and BSA Grand Prix races plus I had the opportunity to forerun the FIS GS which was a great experience as this is where I will race when I finish in the under 16 age group. I managed to podium in three of the four races.
I have come home as I managed to catch severe frost bite on my big toe skiing in -20 which is not great as it means 2 weeks off skis and no feeling in the end of my foot so visits to the nurse every other day to check on progress.
See my video gallery for new videos from the January races.
December was a little hectic with finishing school then flying out for a weeks training at BSA. The mountain had opened early as there had been so much snow so some great powder days before we could do some gates. I then flew home for Christmas and to visit family up in Newcastle.
October half term saw me off to Les Deux Alpes with the BSA and had a great camp apart from the cold and the frost nip!
The rest of October and November have been a mixture of fitness and revising! Mid-term exams went really well so was happy with the results and have been focused on getting my fitness back up with lots of agility and strengthening my ankle. I have still been rowing to help on the aerobic and stamina side. I also had to take a trip down to see Colin at Solutions 4 Feet as I ended up with a black big toe nail on the October camp due to my feet growing. Colin blew my boots out so I have more room so may get another few months use out of them before having to get a new pair.
I had a GB Athletic Capacity Camp in Hemel indoor slope at the beginning of the month so went down to Milton Keynes to try skiing for the first time since my ligament problem and I could only manage 3 runs which wasnt brilliant. The camp went ok and I managed to do the skiing but struggled with the judo - it was good though to catch up with the rest of the team for the weekend.
I have been focused on strengthening my ankle which means lots ice bags and heat treatment for the swelling! I am also doing ladder work to try and get my speed back but its ben a frustrating time. Ali my coach from the British Ski Academy came down from Scotland to work with Glen for the morning at Milton Keynes along with my team mates Megen Jenkins and Yaz Cooper. we had a really good session and it was the longest I had skied so making good progress.
I joined Oundle Town Rowing Club at the beginning of the summer which is really good and I am enjoying it and am now race training. Not too keen on the capsize drill in the middle of the River Nene thought I had to do on probably the coldest day of the year so far!
Can't believe it - we went on our first summer holiday for years when we went to Spain for a week. Really enjoyed it and the pool was good to try out some exercises for my ankle as the water helped to protect it. Rest of the month was really spent with weekly vivists to my local sports physio in Oundle for light treatment to break down any scar tissue so I kept mobility in it.
The summer break means a few days off before heading off to Hinterhux with the GB team for 3 weeks ski and fintenss training. The snow on the glacier wasn't the best but we still got some really good training done. I have had a few injuries on the camp with a knee problem and at the end of the camp I managed to hurt the ligaments in my ankle whilst visiting the freestyle camp in Switzerland. Unfortunately this has really put me out of action for up to 10 weeks due to the amount of damage.
Along with the Jubliee celebrations we also went over to Landgraaf in Holland for a long weekend of racing on the indoor slope.
I ended up third overall which was not too bad after a month off and the head to head race against my GB team mate Megan was the closest race of the weekend which was really fun.
Rest of June is getting back to some technical work with Glen my coach in the UK before the summer glacier training with GB.
After the finish of the season I decided to have a month off skis to recover and have taken up rowing at the Oundle Rowing Club. Its very different experience to skiing but I really like it. I have been paired with Julia (not my Mum!) and we are getting along really well as team mates in the double.
I was very proud to be asked if I would support the Dove Self Esteem campaign with Chemmy Alcott which meant I had to attend a photo shoot in London with the famous photographer Rankin. It went really well and the photo appeared in a number of newspapers to promote self esteem in teenage girls.
The season ended a usual with the Scottish and British Championships which is a really hard week of racing and I ended up winning both the British and Scottish Slalom titles which was a fantastic end to the season. I was also in the winning mixed team at the BSA which was a nice surprise.
Topolino was definitely the highlight of the season so far. The parade of the teams was really good and the guest of honour was Canadian Ken Read of Crazy Canucks fame which pleased my Dad as he was one of his ski heros.
It was fanstastic to race against the top girls from around the world and I enjoyed the experience. After a nightmare start when I fell in the first run of slalom I managed to get back to 14th in my age group after the second run and in GS I finished 16th in my age.
Back home for a week and then out to the BSA for the final 2 weeks of training before the British Children's Championships in Meribel France.
When I returned home I was back in school for four days before going back out to the BSA to train for the English Alpine Championships. Snowsport England had very kindly set up a radio interview for me on the Monday evening for me to be live on Radio Northampton to talk about racing and skiing. It was great to be interviewed and I really enjoyed talking to the presenters of the show.
The World Cup Mens Downhill was held in Les Houches at the end of the week so it was great to be there to see the men in action and also to support GB racer TJ Baldwin - we made a big Union Jack with his name on it and waved it in the finish.
After some training it was off to Bormio Italy for the English. I was pleased with a podium in slalom but disappointed with a 4th in GS and a crash in Super G.
I then returned home to catch up with school and prepare to go out to Topolino with the Children's team at the beginning of March.
Following the results of both the BARSC and Anglo Scottish the GB team decide on the next two races, one of them is the top International race in Italy where all the top Children from the World compete. I have trained hard and I hoped I would get chosen and was delighted when they said I would be going.
On 22nd January I flew out to Czech Republic to compete with the GB team in both the Czech National races and then the International races. The National races are held to select the Czech children that will compete in the International race and is useful for us to use as training runs too.
I was pleased with my results in the National races, 14th in the slalom and 20th in the GS. Unfortunately after a great start in the International Slalom, I crashed so DNF for me, but managed 28th in GS (8th in my year of birth).
After a great GB speed camp I headed off to the British Ski Academy in Les Houches to prepare for the Xmas races. From brown two weeks before we ended up with a week of powder which was great fun but not great for race training! We then headed over to Champlouc in Italy for the BARSC races with high hopes. I had a bit of a nightmare, straddling a gate in the first slalom run, finishing 4th in the second run and then crashing through a gate in the GS a few gates from home. I ended up in a blood wagon as everyone thought I had broken my leg as the crash was huge, but fortunately I had bruised my leg down to the bone.
I then travelled home for Xmas for 5 days and then we drove back out to BSA - I had my friend and fellow GB racer Megan Jenkins with me for company which made the journey easier. Les Houches had so much snow we wondered if the Anglo Scottish races would go ahead but we had a break in the weather. I had two great races and was second in the GS, won the slalom and won the overall girls title which more than made up for the results of the previous races.
Good news is I have been allocated Czech Republic races again for GB at end of January, I am really pleased as I enjoyed the races there this year.
Been playing netball for the school this term and really enjoying it as I never really played matches before and also learning to play squash at school which is great for changing direction quickly. I have also been keeping up with my fitness.
I also appeared on the CBBC programme Live n Deadly with two other members of the GB Children's Team. It was great to go on live tv and Steve and Naomi, the presenters of the show, were really nice. Sean Rose the Paralympian was also on the show so it was good to catch up with him again. If you want to see the show its on iplayer series 2 episode 10.
I am now packing for a week with the GB team in Hintertux where were are off for a speed camp training Super G and GS and then its off back to the British Ski Academy in mid December for the start of the season.
I have started my new school and it is a long day with the travelling there and back, but it is great school and we do lots of sport including skiing on a Monday evening. I then stay after to do my usual gates session afterwards.
We also went down to Sussex for the GB fitness tests. This was the hottest weekend of the year (just like last year!). It was especially good as we had Alain Baxter (ex Olympian skier) with us for the fitness and he was really amazing as well as the new GB Children's coach Sean Langmuir. I am pleased to say I passed the fitness tests, which is great, as I have had a few issues with my knees over the summer.
I left Gatwick on the 22nd July to train with the BSA for a week in Cervinia and skiing at Zermatt on the Matterhorn Glacier. We had a few days where we could not ski due to the weather but when we did I managed to meet Didier Cuche, Carlo Janka, Lara Gut and Martina Schildt of the Swiss World Cup Team as they were also training on the glacier.
The following two weeks I was with the GB team in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Whilst there I met Olympic Gold Medallist Anja Parson of Sweden and the rest of the Swedish Team as they were all training on the glacier too. Lynn Sharp our GB coach (also my BSA coach) arranged a surprise for us all when we were doing our fitness on my birthday – we came over the hill to find a picnic and birthday cake for me. We were staying at 2500 but skiing at 3850 so the altitude affected us a little although we had a lot of snowfalls on the glacier whilst we were there. We worked on both Slalom and Giant Slalom technical and tactical tuning the foundation before going through the courses. We also worked on fast feet agility and coordination as well as core work. We daily ski serviced our skis and had video analysis and fitness training in the afternoons and even managed to fit in the high ropes adventure course too.
After a week at home I then went to Landgraaf Holland with the BSA for a week of slalom training where we had two sessions of two hours each day. The week went really well and was a great end to my summer taining.
July saw my last day at my school as we move onto new schools in September. It was particularly sad as I am moving to a new school in Northampton so there were lots of goodbyes and lots of hugs!
I also needed a boot fitting as my current boots are getting a bit small so we went to see Colin at Solutions 4 Feet in Bicester and he sorted me out with some new Atomics ready for me to go away to the glacier with - great opportunity to make a small diversion to Jack Wills at the Bicester Outlet Village as well!
I was also asked by Disability Snowsport UK (based at Sno!zone MK) to help support a fund raising event they were having on the 16th July called “Chase the Racer”. It was really good fun as I had to set the time for the public to beat paying for a go down the course. Pleased to say my time held up! I even got to have a ride in a “sit ski” down the course which was amazing. Completely different to normal skiing more like riding on back of my Dads motorbike, leaning right over on each turn.
I am off training at the end of July with the BSA for a week in Cervinia on the Matterhorn Glacier and then following two weeks with the GB team on the same glacier but the other side in Saas Fee, Switzerland. I am really looking forward to some mountain training again so should be great as long as the weather holds up.
The indoor race season is well under way but I have decided to only compete in local races and focus on my technique over the next few months.
The main event of the month was the GB fitness tests down at Brunel University where we had to do a series of tests from running for 12 minutes to box jumps and the Illinois Agility test. I was pleased that I passed the tests well. The highlight of the day was meeting Marlon Devonish – Olympic Gold medallist for the mens 4 x 100m in Athens who was in the same hall training.
After returning home most of April was spend getting back into school and catching up with my friends. End of April saw the first of the indoor snow races at Manchester. I was pleased with my performance as I am using the summer to keep race sharp and to focus on my slalom technique so a podium was good.
May saw the long awaited race in Langraaf Holland which is 500m long and gives us the opportunity to race a full length slalom course with 35 gates. I travelled over with BSA and had a days training followed by two days of racing. Again I managed a podium so was pleased with my progress. We also had a dual slalom and our team of 3 children racers finished 2nd overall against all the other teams so was brilliant fun.
You can check out my race video in Holland following this link http://vimeo.com/24715562
Its been a hard week racing at the Scottish and British Champs with the weather being the biggest problem - raining and foggy at Courchevel and over 20 degrees in Meribel.
The Scottish GS saw my first major win of the season which was great - after a 4 hour wait for the weather to break. I also had a 3rd in the second slalom race.
The main event of the season is the British Champs which is where the selections for the GB squad take place, so the pressure to perfrom is extremely high. Due to the heat we did not know wether all the races would happren as they were losing 10cm of snow every day but we managed all but one race which was amazing really.
First race was Super G and I came 2nd, next day was cancelled, Thursday saw slalom where I came 3rd and Friday was GS where I cames 2nd after being ahead in run one and then managing a 360 in the second - I was extremely disappointed as my GS was going really well this year. I was also 1st in the mixed club team for British Ski Academy and also 1st Children 1 girls teams for the BSA. When they worked out the points I came 2nd overall CH1 girl as well, so all in all a very good set of races.
The biggest surpise was that Prince Edward came along to present the medals which was great to meet a member of the Royal Family.
After a week at BSA, my dad flew out to Geneva to pick me up and bring me home for two weeks. Handed in all my work to be marked and spent time catching up with everyone. Teachers then gave me all my work for the rest of the term and then headed back out to BSA for final two weeks training before the Scottish and British Champs. The snow in Les Houches hasnt been fantastic and monday was raining too much to ski so we did fitness instead. Wednesday we went over to Courmayeur for some slalom training for better snow. Leaving Les Houches friday and heading over to Meribel for the final weeks racing of the season.
February has been a mix of training out in BSA and racing. I was selected to race for GB in Slovenia which is quite a tough race with about 26 nations attending. I had a very good GS and ended up 11th which I was pleased with but in Slalom I missed a gate and had to hike back up which meant I was at the back - Apart from that I was really happy with the way I perfromed in the races.
We then had an 8 hour drive over to Bormio in Italy for the English Champs so I didn't arrive until 1 in the morning! Had to race next day in slalom and ended up 4th which was not bad after the travelling. I then was 3rd in the GS and 3rd in the Super G so two podiums out of three was pretty good. BSA also won the team trophy for the most points during the races so we took the trophy back to Les Houches.
Back at BSA until 5th March and then home for two weeks.
Its been an eventful January! Broke my thumb and knuckle at the Anglo Scottish races, then went to Italy for the BARSC races where I managed to finish second in all three races which was a really good performance.
I also went to Czech Republic with GB at the end of the month and had a great slalom race getting on the podium by coming 5th. This was the best result for a GB girl at the races so it was a fanstatic result.
We were lucky enough to have Finlay Mickel the ex GB downhill racer come out and join us which was really good. We also went to Kitzbuhel to see where the downhill is run.
November has been very much skiing at Milton Keynes with my coach Glen and also with the Ski MK team plus running and karate. I also competed in the district cross country championships where I have to run in the under 15 age category for some reason and I was really pleased that I have qualified for the county championships in the new year, so I hope I am at home for the race.
I have missed a few karate gradings due to being away skiing but managed to attend the latest one where I passed my brown with white stripe belt. The routines are getting longer and more complicated as you get closer to black! I also went back to Saas Fee again for two weeks with the GB team and we had a great time apart from the weather which was -25 degrees for a lot of the time. We were also lucky enough to train for a few days with the Canadian Adaptive Alpine Team and they are fantastic and a great inspiration to anyone who has a disability.
Managed a week in Norfolk on holiday and then went over to see my friends at the All England dry slope in Norwich. I raced in the last two races of the British Indoor Series and came second overall which was good considering I had not competed in the majority of the races this year. I am changing my technique for slalom at the moment so I am learning and improving all the time ready for the winter so was happy with my results.
Went straight on from Italy to Saas Fee for two weeks training with the GB squad. Weather was mixed and the first week we only managed a few days of skiing, but made up for it on the fitness front! Second week was much better and we had some good training sessions. Also celebrated my birthday whilst out with the team and I received some nice presents from my team mates.
The next two Indoor Championship races were held at Hemel and I finished 2nd place in both. The last one is August followed by the British Indoor Championship, these will be held in Castleford, Leeds.
After finishing school I joined my friends at Luton to fly out for 5 days training with the BSA to go to Cervinia, Italy to train on the Matterhorn Glacier. The weather was very mixed we even had snow in the village one day, hail whilst doing fitness on the hill! We saw World Cup skiers John Baptiste Grange, Julian Lizeroux and Tina Maze all training. Now travelling over to Saas Fee in Switzerland to meet the GB Children\'s Team for more training.
At the end of June GB held the second fitness camp this was at Brunel University in London. It was an amazing place with indoor track, pole vault and long jump. It turned out to be the hottest day of the year (again!) also the day England played Germany in the World Cup, say no more. I was really pleased that I managed to improve on my results by getting 45 out of 50.
Its strange to be back training indoors after the winter on the slopes but nice to see everyone at MK again. Two weeks back home and the indoor races begin with English and British Indoor Champs. I won the English on the Saturday and was 5th overall female but had a bit of a problem with the starter on Sunday in the 2nd run so ended up second. I have been re-selected to the GB Children\'s Team, following my results at British and Scottish Champs and the next big test is the fitness where you have to run for 12 minutes, do crunches, box jumps, hurdles and press ups. I managed over 40 points out of 50 so was really happy with the results. Next weekend I also had to do the BSA fitness camp which was hard work but really good and I learnt a lot - it was great to catch up with all my friends and we had a really good time! I then went straight from there to Holland to the big indoor slope for 5 days training through the holidays.
Its been a very busy season so sorry I have not updated my progress recently. I competed in my first race for the GB Children\'s race in Andorra and my best result was 8th in the Super G which was fantastic as it was the first one I have done.
Here is the video of me in Andorra racing the Super G http://vimeo.com/24716820
February saw me off to the English Championships in Bormio Italy where I had a big crash and ended up in hospital but fortunately I did not real damage. The week ended well and I came 3rd in the Super G. March was a busy month as I competed for GB in Abetone Italy. The race is one of the top races of the season and was up against 28 countries. Abetone is famous for Pinocchio so everywhere has wooden models of him. The weather was the worst I have raced in - rain and fog. I managed 23rd in Slalom which was not brilliant but I was pleased with my second run which was 4 seconds quicker than the first. I then went straight on to Les Houches France for the Interschools race where I managed a 3rd in Slalom.
April saw me head off to Courchevel and Meribel for the Scottish and British Championships. I have a great Scottish where I had a 2nd and two 3rds for slalom and GS. In the British I managed 2nd in slalom which ended my season well.
The best was yet to come though - last year I was at a charity ski event for spinal injuries with one of my team mates Megan Riley and we were lucky enough to receive a 2 hour training session with Chemmy Alcott. Our parents arranged for it to happen when we came back from the races and it was great. I learnt a lot about racing, training and also about preparing for races etc so thank you Chemmy!
Had two good races at the Anglo Scottish in Les Houches France and came second in both slalom and GS which was a great result for my first mountain race in Children I. I have just returned from a school trip in Norfolk and I have been picked for the GB Children\'s Team which is the best news I could have had! I am racing in Andorra and also Abetone in Italy so am very excited and also feel very privileged to have been chosen in my first year in this age group.
Cannot believe that Xmas day could be so depressing! We received a call in the middle of lunch to say the races in Austria were cancelled due to the snow conditions. Mum and Dad had to change everything to go to France early instead.
Did my first live radio interview for the local BBC station. They heard about my season so managed to track down my Dad and he organised it. I did not know what to expect but the lady was very nice and we ended up on the show for 10 minutes.
The last race of the summer indoor series was the European Indoor Championships which were held in Chill Factore in Manchester. Saturday was the qualification race for the championships on Sunday. I qualified well for the race and had to fight hard to win on Sunday. I was second after the first run but managed to beat one of team mates to take the title by 0.03 sec!
Back to training now until the first winter race in Austria.
Had a really good summer this year – been away to France for glacier training – really hot but had a great time. Finished the summer races and won all but one of the races in the series so became Overall Champion in Children 1. Had a nightmare of a race in the MK Club National as one of my skis came off in the start gate so I did the race on one ski – good job I have put in the practice on my one-leg training!
Looking forward to getting back to regular training now ready for the winter season.
I have had a great start to the new season in my new age group of Children 1 winning the Telford Club National and also the first four races in the Xscape Series. I have also finished my SATs exams so will have to wait and see what my results are! I am also really proud of the fact that I have learnt to ride a unicycle which is great fun.
Just returned from Meribel where the British Championships were held. I came 2nd in my first race and won the second race which meant I won the British Ski Championships Best Girl for age under 11 for the second year in a row. As this was my last ever race as a Mini it was great to finish with the best result I could have hoped for. I now have to move up to the next age group and the indoor season is only a few weeks away so its back to training again at SNO!zone Milton Keynes.
I ended fourth in the sports awards so a big thank you to everyone who voted for me. The English Championships were mixed as I felt I should have had better results but my dad said I should be proud of finishing second and third. The other great result was that the Xscape Race Team finished third in both team results which is fantastic! Back to the training ready for the British Championships, but I am also going for my Brown belt in Karate this weekend so fingers crossed!
Happy New Year! I am delighted to have been nominated for Young Sports Woman of the Year by Peterborough Evening Telegraph. To vote for me you need to text PETSAWARD ANDERSON JSW STOP to 81800 before 5pm on 16 January. It would be great for skiing if I won so if you can help that would be really appreciated.
I have just returned from the first race of the winter season in Les Houches, Chamonix, France, where I was competing in the Anglo Scottish Cup. I was first in the Bairns section which is the same as Minis so I am really pleased as it had a lot of good racers competing. I am now looking forward to going out to Bormio Italy for the English Championships in February.
Ended the Indoor season by winning the European Indoor Championships which means I won all titles his season which is amazing. Going to Les 2 Alps at the end of October for a week on the glacier – cannot wait to get back outdoors on a mountain again!
Entered the Scottish Indoor Championships and met Alain Baxter again as he opened the race which was great to see. I won Mini 2 and was given a signed picture and he also signed my helmet!
Brilliant Summer – won Yorkshire Ski Champs, all 7 Xscape Series races and successfully retained my British Indoor Champs. Training again for the European Championships in October before heading back to the mountains!
Had a good start to the Xscape Series – Won the first four races in the series and we held the first indoor Club National as well and I came first so really pleased. The team has been doing really well so lots of podiums!
Ended the main season at Meribel in the British Championships. Did well finishing 5th in both races and winning the British Ski Championships under 11 best girl award. Am now in my last year of Minis and preparing for the summer indoor series.
Was at the English Championships in Bormio Italy last week. Had a great first race where I finished 2nd but a disaster in the second race when I caught my ski and knee on a gate and broke my binding. I managed to get my ski back on and made it to the finish as I was determined to get a time. Dad now has to buy some new bindings as it could not be fixed! I’m now focusing everything for the British in April.
Just back from the first major championships of the snow season the BARSC in Les Menuires France. I was 5th in the first race which was disappointing after all the training I have put in over the summer, but I made up for it in the second race by finishing 3rd and was also the youngest girl to get on the podium for the two races. I really appreciated the support from not only my friends and other racers, but also the parents of XSC team members who made the effort to come and see me – Thanks!
Brilliant end to the indoor season by being the only competitor to win all five races in the Xscape Race Series and also became overall series champion in Mini 2. I then went on to the next day and won the British Indoor Championship. Now looking forward to the Winter Season. Hope to win lots more races so I can add to my 16 trophies.
Second of the three race Xscape Race Series was held in Glasgow and I won both Mini 2 slaloms on the Saturday and Sunday. The Xscape Race Team had a brilliant weekend with lots of podiums.
Entered the Yorkshire Ski Championships at Xscape Castleford on Saturday and came 1st in the under 10 girls. It was fun as we had two runs of slalom and then two runs of GS and I was the quickest on all four runs.
First race of Xscape Race Series at Milton Keynes this weekend and my first race in Mini 2. Won both slalom races on Saturday and Sunday so have had a great start to the five race series.
Back from The British and English championships in Meribel and Puy St Vincent after a long two weeks. Had two good runs in the British to finish 3rd in both the Combi race, which is a combination of slalom, rollers and GS gates and the main GS race. Puy is where I learned to ski so its like going home when I go there and I was determined to put in a good run. I ended up 4th overall in the Mini group but first in my age group by over 5 seconds so was really pleased when I was competing against girls up to 11 years old. Back to Xscape for training and then its the Xscape Indoor Series over the summer.
What a season! Just driven 450 miles to Aviemore for the Bairns Bucket only to have the race cancelled due to 98mph winds so am now preparing to go to the British and English Championships in France. Hopefully they will be on so will let you know how I get on in a few weeks time.
Went to Switzerland for the re–scheduled Welsh and we waited at the top for 5 hours due to fog and then they cancelled the race! On to Les Houches for Interschools where I came first in the slalom and GS in Mini 1. We are now making the trip to Scotland to defend the Bairns Bucket I won last year.
I have just returned from a weeks race training in Hemsedal, Norway with my coach Glen Greener of Gravity Snowsports. I spent 5 hours a day training slalom and GS and we even had a powder day skiing in the trees and doing bumps which was great fun.
I am now preparing for the next 2 races in March – the Welsh in Switzerland and the Interschool in Les Houches, France.
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