The Sliding season has well and truly begun, but It feels like yesterday I was preparing for a long 6 months of conditioning to build up the strength and technique required for a fast push start.
This season I have been fortunate enough to acquire support from a local Bath-based sponsor, Novia Financial. With their sponsorship, I have been able to train freely without work restraints, and it has been crucial to have the ability to focus solely on my performance to aim to compete at the highest level. I have also been able to purchase new equipment and a new helmet which i have been racing with. Thank you also to the sponsorship from Big Anomaly, who have also joined in supporting me to Sochi 2014. Their support has been hugely appreciated and it's great to see companies backing local Athletes competing in lesser known sports. THANK YOU!
In addition, thank you to everyone who has and hopefully will continue to support me as I strive for Olympic success. I would not have achieved what I have so far without the support from numerous members of staff, coaches, friends and family. Their help has been incredible over the past 3 years and every kind word of encouragement or criticism has helped shape me to improve.
This season I had my first taste of sliding the 2010 Winter Olympic track in Vancouver for the opening ICC races. I was able to adjust fast after 8 training runs and clinch a Bronze medal. Mistakes in the 2nd race meant I had to settle for a 7th place just outside the medal zone.
Races 3 and 4 were held at Park City, USA, a track i was more familiar with. This time, i intended to post 4 consistently good runs, which i was able to do. A poor start on the first run meant i was only able to claw back to a 7th place finish in race 3. Heavy snowfall on the second day of racing causing problems with the timing lights and start area meant the race was almost cancelled. Bad weather is never ideal but i jumped up 2 spots after the second run to finish in 4th place.
Currently I'm 3rd overall on the ICC circuit, with four top 7 results.I have 2 weeks over Christmas to train at the Bath University gym, rest and refresh ready to head back out to Austria for races no. 5 and 6.