Time for an update I reckon! It’s been a busy but brilliant summer – knee is successfully rehabilitated (thanks to Colchester Physiotherapy), I’m a 21-year-old, a Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Runner-Up and… now a University student.
Next week I begin a new chapter in my life, becoming a part-time (University Campus Suffolk) student in Sport & Exercise Science. This will hopefully work perfectly around my training and racing schedule as many of my lectures-to-be are part of my current fitness team. This means we can carry out more research in the field of telemark skiing and further progress the sport across future seasons.
As much as I love skiing, I feel that too much of one thing just isn’t healthy and I now realise that I need something else in my life. It’s as if a huge weight has been lifted and now life just feels clearer. When you grow up being known as “the skier”, it almost becomes your identity and if you don’t perform well in a race (or get injured), it feels like your whole world is imploding in on you. I never thought I would be one to say this, but there actually is more to life than skiing – although it is great fun and still my number 1 love!
I have no idea whether I remember how to study but I feel very enthused about this new challenge and I plan to keep you all updated on events and stories as I go. Along the way I will also be an ambassador for University Campus Suffolk “UCS” and do my best as the new “face of sport” working closely with the Student’s Union, check out their website here – UCSUnion
Next weekend is the last race of the British Indoor Telemark Series at Hemel Hempstead’s Snow Centre (27th September) and some of you have been asking whether I will be there. I haven’t actually skiied since my knee injury and I’m not so keen on my first time back on ski’s being a public one! I recently had afternoon tea with British skiing legends Chemmy Alcott (now Crawford) and Dougie Crawford (still Crawford!). They gave me some great advice; Chemmy said to open up more, so here I am trying to express that even athletes sometimes feel vulnerable.
Soon I will be heading out to the Alps with my new GB team-mate, Louis Hatchwell, for some pre-season training on snow. I am possibly the most excited I have ever been to get skiing (and trust me, that’s saying something) and to be back in the mountains.
Thank you so much to everyone that has made this summer a great one.