The summer has been the longest I have been off skis from many years - I decided mainly for financial reasons not to make the journey to New Zealand this summer and instead use the time to focus on my strength and conditioning.
I also wanted to further my BASI qualifications so took my BASI 2 in Hintertux and pleased to say I passed. This came on the back of my only camp on snow during the summer which went well and gave me the opportunity to test my new skis and boots.
October saw the first winter camp and I was very pleased with the way it went - I can already see the benefits of spending most of the summer in the gym or doing fitness so am looking forward to the start of the season in November.
I am pleased to announce that I have been selected for the GB Alpine ski team for the 10th year which is great news.
I am now hitting the gym to build for next season and preparing for my first camp in June in Italy on the Stelvio glacier.
March was an extremely frustrating month with a string on DNFs - to me this is when your sport really tests you and you have to have the belief that things will turn around, otherwise you may as well just give up. I was skiing well in training but things just were not coming together in training.
We then moving over to France for the British Championships in Tignes France. As usual my parents had made the trip over to support me and it was great to see them there.
I ended up having a really good week winning both Senior and Junior slalom championships and podiums across the other disciplines and halving my Downhill points.
We then moved on to Val d'Isere for the final few races of what had been a long season.
Highlights for me are definitely the World Championships in Sweden which allowed me to experience what its like to mix with the best in the world. Once again I would like to thank Ambition Racing, especially Marc and Matt for looking after me this year, my sponsors and also my parents who are my greatest supporters (and sponsors!).
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.
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