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Pre-season in Saas Fee

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Summer was spent off snow in the sunshine doing water sports, which are my favourite activities after telemarking. I spent my holiday learning to surf with Georges’ Surf School in Cornwall, as well as travelling around the UK. I visited Scotland, Birmingham and Manchester for the GB telemark indoor series, which was great fun. In August, I completed my BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor course so all in all, a brilliant summer!

Learning to Surf with Georges 'Georges' Surf School'

Learning to Surf with George ‘Georges’ Surf School

The Gang! BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Course

‘The Gang’ on the BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Course

The pre-season training is now well under way here in the beautiful, but rather high (3500m) resort of Saas Fee. The past week has been spent with fellow British Telemark racers; Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham and Alastair Cruz, Team Coach Sebastien Mansart, and some French Team members. The snow has been excellent and the weather has been spectacular. We have spent our time free skiing and gate training to get the good feelings back, and I’m very excited for the season. Afternoons have been spent roller-skiing, doing fitness training, and ski preparation.

Saas Fee

Saas Fee

(Left to Right) Alastair Cruz, Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham

(Left to Right) Alastair Cruz, Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham

In between training blocks, I will continue my studies at ‘University Campus Suffolk‘, as well as seeing friends and family, and enjoying some rest days! I am also working on a video to explain the basics of telemark racing, so keep your eyes peeled for that… Thank you Sarah Ayling-Bate!

New Chapter

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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!

University Campus Suffolk

University Campus Suffolk

 

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.

To-Be-Continued

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