It’s that time of year again where people reflect on their ski seasons as they draw to a close, each telling their own stories of their ups and downs as they strive to achieve their ski racing goals.
My season ended prematurely due to a knee injury sustained during training shortly before the British Champs. It was very unfortunate timing, as I had finally started to connect the dots in my ski racing, transitioning my good skiing from the training to the racing environment. A couple of days prior to injury, I had raced in two GS CITs in Reiteralm, where I had two decent second runs on both days, beating girls on those runs with 30-50pts. However, as many ski racers know, sometimes you can ski well but external factors which you can’t control (e.g. best point skiers not finishing in the top 10, or the winner leading by a little bit too much, etc.) prevent you from scoring the points you where hoping for.
Some years, you don’t always have the results on paper to show improvement and although dissapointing, it just sometimes happens in an athlete’s career. However, watching video clips from my training, I can visibly see the improvements I have made technically and tactically in both GS and Slalom. In an individual’s journey towards achieving their goals, they will always experience challenges. This season, I have had my fair share of challenges, many beyond my control. But thanks to my two coaches, who have so much belief in me, I have developed into an even more motivated athlete than before. It’s elating to have supportive coaches who are prepared to work really hard to ensure you reach your full potential, because their strong belief in your abilities transitions into you obtaining more self-belief. So a huge thank you to both of them for being there for me!
I’m really looking forward to the year I have planned ahead for the 2015/16 ski season, both on and off skis. My ski training programme will push me to new limits, as will my S&C programme, thanks to my coach at the Surrey Sports Park. Additionally, I am excited about starting university in September and the challenges balancing my sporting and part time academic commitments will pose.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to all those who have supported me for the 2014/15 ski season. They really do make a difference because it’s great to have people who believe in you and follow your journey. I’d specifically like to thank Leki and Uvex who were really helpful and efficient at replacing my equipment when I broke it. I’m very grateful to have been supported individually by Altimus, Bio-Synergy, JCAD (through Haslemere Create a Star scheme), Leki, Reusch and X-Bionic. Additionally, I would like to extend my thanks to BSS’s sponsors, Delancey and Uvex, for supplying the national team with clothing and equipment. I look forward to continuing working with my supporters this coming season.
I can’t wait to get back on skis!