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It’s 2022!

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It was slightly more complicated getting into Europe for this season. Now with Brexit regulations, you need a VISA and/or resident permit which allows more than 90 days within a 180 day period; extra difficulties alongside COVID restrictions. Speaking of which, I write this from my 7th day of isolation with COVID-19 but luckily my symptoms haven’t been severe.

Once I made it to Europe, our training camps started like (almost) normal in Hintertux. We were joined by Slovenian athlete, Masa Strakl, who was also my flat-mate before injuring her knee; the worst part of sport. I am missing her and wishing her all the best for a speedy recovery.

We also had athletes from Andorra, Czech Republic and Russia join us, FIS Telemark Social Media Coordinator; Sam Decout and his son joined us for a training camp too.

Since winter has kicked in, we have been training in Les Houches and Flaine, conditions for the most part have been brilliant, but recent rain meant a cancellation (potentially postponed) FIS race in Les Houches. It has been so nice to ski at home again after missing out last year, also to be joined by many more of my teammates is a real pleasure.

My summer consisted of friends’ weddings, training, coaching in alpine and telemark both on the dry slopes and indoor slopes in the UK, and ice hockey amongst other things, so here is a photo dump to summarise…

I also graduated (finally) from the University of Suffolk with a 1st Class Bachelors Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. A special thank you to Manos Georgiadis, who is a very significant person in my life, this degree would not have been possible without him.

This season you can expect to see Tim Gough, Ben Emsley, Magnus McIntosh, Colin and Alec Dixon, Bonnie Price and Sissi Compton in the World Cup start gate, and potentially a few more familiar faces…

As always, thank you to all the sponsors, and to everyone making this possible. I am wishing everyone a Happy New Year – let’s see what 2022 brings!

Suffolk Vikings

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Last night was the annual presentation evening for the Suffolk Vikings, who are the dry-slope race team based at the Ipswich Ski Centre. When I was 10, I learnt to ski at the slope and a month or so later I became a member of the race team. I was a Suffolk Viking for many years and it was so nice to return last night, see some new and familiar faces and present the current club champions with some awards. I also had the the chance to explain about what has happened with my own skiing and Telemark with a short speech. It would be nice to think that some of the club will progress on to do other things and hopefully the night gave them a few new ideas.

In my speech I tried to explain the role that Adele Forster (my first coach) had played when I first learnt to ski and how she encouraged me. Earlier in the year – myself, Sam Baxter and Adele run a ski-camp for some of the racers at the slope and last night they surprised me with some money that they had raised for my season. I was taken back and am so grateful – it really will go such a long way, so thank you all very much.

Here are some pictures from my presentation and our night.

My First Blue Ribbon Race

My First Blue Ribbon Race

The Presentation Evening

The Presentation Evening

The Ski-Camp from earlier this Summer

The Ski-Camp from earlier this Summer

 

The Ski-Camp group reunited last night!

The Ski-Camp group reunited last night!

Thank you to the Vikings for the invitation last night, so nice to see everyone doing so well.

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