I was born in Gloucester and still live there, although I'm now going to be based in Lofer, Austria. I went to Chosen Hill School, Churchdown & Gloscat. My Mum Sarah, is a coach with Gloucester Ski Club and my Dad, Andrew was in the British Disabled Ski Team. He's the fastest person I know on one ski! My sister Lucy is also a really good skier, although she prefers shopping!
This is me aged 9, with Dad & Lucy.I learnt to ski aged 5 in Puy St Vincent... so it felt good to win the Super G there 10 years later !
Sue Edwards taught me to ski on the Gloucester Dry Ski Slope, and then I joined the Holiday Ski Schools and the Krazy Kids Klub. I started racing when I joined Gloucester Ski Club aged 9, first at the Summer Race League, and then registered racing when I was 12. I never thought at that stage that I would ski for England ! I've been at Gloucester Ski Club for 9 years now, but really started improving when Hedley Beavis took over as Head Coach.
I also spent time with the Dragons at the BARSC races 00/01, and then with the British Ski Academy 01/02. I won a bronze at the British Schoolboys 03 and thats when I knew I was in with a chance.
I joined Team Excel in 02/03 and loved the approach of Gus & Micki, achieving 5th place in the Slalom at the British Junior Championships 03. That earnt me an invitation to train with the English Alpine Team and I spent the summer of 03 with them.
My first FIS year was 03/04 and was spent with Gus & Micki travelling around France, Italy and Austria. Everything came together at the British & English Champs. I got the points I needed to be eligible for national team selection and I won the title of Jn 1 Super G Champion.
I spent my first southern hemisphere season in NZ with the Wannaka Race Academy in summer 04. Then I was back in Europe for the 04/05 season, and spent some time with Paul Benton and Mike Barker at the Alpine Race Academy in November and then spent Christmas and New Year in Norway with the English Team.
The highlight of 04/05 was being selected for the GB Youth Olympic Team 05. This gave me a British Olympic Passport which means that I've been identified as an 'Olympic Prospect'.
Training for the British Champs 2005 I fell in soft snow in Meribel and tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Luckily I was eligible for medical care under the Olympic Medical Institute and had my ligament reconstructed in June at The Chelsea & Westminter Hospital.
I came back in March 2006 with a week with the English Team, and then back training on the dry slope with Gloucester Ski Club.
I was selected for the GB Development Team, and have just spent the 2006/07 season based at Lofer, Austria. I finished the season at PSV as English Alpine GS Champion. I'm now waiting to hear what will happen for the summer and next season. Overall its been a great comeback season.