How old were you when you got into snow sports?
What prompted you getting involved in snow sports?
My Father’s company sponsored a hot air balloon which we took to the Festival International de Ballons in Chateau D’Oex, Switzerland, in 2003. I took the opportunity whilst in the Swiss alps to learn to ski in nearby Gstaad. On returning home, I had further weekly lessons at Avon ski slope in Somerset and progressed from there to joining the Gloucester ski race team.
What would you say to anyone thinking about getting involved in snow sports?
Learning snow sports is a fantastic experience and provides the foundations for a skill that you can develop both recreationally and competitively over a lifetime. It’s also a great way to keep fit whilst doing something enjoyable and adrenaline fueled (definitely more exciting than running on a treadmill!).
What is your favourite memory from your time in snow sports?
Winning the British Universities title in my first year at University in 2014 because I found myself racing against some of the best racers in recent years and winning the event by the biggest margin in the competitions history.
What are your plans for the future both in snow sports and general life?
I am currently in my second year studying Dentistry at the University of Manchester and am proud to have been awarded a Sports scholarship for the second year which helps greatly with my training. Whilst at University I am continuing to compete both at a national level, representing Wales, as well as representing my University in collegiate sports events. This year I am lucky enough to be supported by Chill Factore in Manchester and will be training there twice weekly with my aim to become the best multi-surface female skier in the UK. I hope to spend my Christmas break training in Austria to develop my alpine skiing with the aim to return to FIS racing after a two year break.
What is your biggest achievement in snow sports?
This artificial season has been fantastic so far – having never won a race overall before the British University Championships in late 2014 I won the GBR outdoor series overall female title 2015 and expect to finish 2nd in the GBR indoor series.
Who was your first coach/instructor?
A guy called Ian at Avon Ski Slope – can’t remember his second name but he was a fantastic instructor and very patient!
What motivates you to get up and go training?
I love racing! Ski racing is my passion and I want to be the best competitor I can be. I really enjoy training, both on and off the slope. I have a very competitive nature so doing well for me is the greatest reward and warrants all the training!