Since my last blog I have spent a couple of weeks at school and a week in France for the first ever IPC Delancey British Championships in Tignes. There were two races for us, Slalom and GS. Brett Wild (aka Number 9) was racing for the Combined services at the beginning of the week, then we were racing together at the end, with a little bit of free skiing in between and a little bit of revision for my exams in May and June…eeeek!
It was so beautifully sunny and the snow was perfect. Slalom is not my favourite discipline but I was excited to be following Brett (aka Number 9), as it is his favourite. The course was really tight and a definite challenge. Our first run was great, I felt so good coming over the finish line, only to be told that the timings were not working so we had to do the run all over again…grrrr! I don’t think we came down as fast on the second run but it was a good experience. The real second run was awesome and we made up some time to get a silver and with only a fraction of a second between us and gold – progress was made.
The following day we managed a gold in the GS. We were both thrilled with our results and know we could do so much better next season with some training and time together. It has been a rush this season and we’ve only managed to race and not train,
I have a lot to learn still and I know I can improve for sure with good guiding and coaching…Here’s to 2016/2017!
It is now the end of the season and what a season it has been. I can’t say it has been an easy one but I feel so much better living on a gluten free diet and life is positive again and the future looks orange.
As usual I didn’t get this far into the season without loads of help from friends, family (my Mum), sponsors, supporters and coaching staff.
Firstly, I would like to thanks all the Para Snow Sport GB Team coaching staff – Justin, John and of course Euan who bares the brunt of my stress. I couldn’t do any of this without you.
To Duncan, who has also been on the receiving end of my worries and concerns all year, I hope I can make you proud this new season 2016/17 and to Fiona Young for listening and allowing me to see what’s in front of me.
Thank you to the amazing support staff -James Redpath, Kelley Fay, Catherine Smaill, Abi Okell, Scott Crawford, Niall Elliott and my home Physio, Fiona Errington at St Lawrence Clinic and last but not least, Olly Rigden, for feeding us so well on camps.
A huge thank you to my School – Kings School Canterbury. I love this place and always miss it when I’m away. School gives me security, support routine and grounding when I return from races, not to mention some great friends. Thank you King’s.
UkSport have been so supportive, I could not have done, what I have done, without them. We won’t let you down. I have two years until Pyeongchang and I’m going to give it my all.
Get Kids Going have helped me for quite a few years now. Their support is phenomenal, it’s been great to get involved with this amazing charity…thank you Jane Emmerson for your enthusiasm and energy.
To Garry Furneaux and KAP Motor Group for keeping me and our car on the road to Pyeongchang 2018. Your support is incredible and so valuable to us. Good luck to all your talented family with there own amazing sporting quests.
To Jenny and Paul from Choose Leisure Motor homes, thank you for sponsoring me this season it is great to have such fabulous local support and you are super neighbours too.
Thank you to my Uncle and JC Rook and Sons for their sponsorship this year.
Thank you to Naz Khaliq of Dynamix Group for being a great sound board and sponsor along with Geordie Hayward from Hayward Design and Print for designing my website and helping me to keep it up to date. This is an invaluable sponsorship.
I would like to thank Jason Dodd for the fabulous photos he has taken over the years that I use for all media, such as the front page of the Times.
A big shout out and thank you to Kent Sport KCC, SportsAid and Kent Uni for your continued support this season.
A grateful thank you to Uvex for my wonderful goggles sunglasses and helmet and to Sena Bluetooth headsets for their generosity each year.
Another special thank you to Jane and Clive Austin for always looking after my dog, Sausage. I don’t know what we would do without you.
Most importantly, a whopping thank you to my Mum for always being there for me. She has given up so much to take me on this journey – she is amazing!!
Finally, to all my guides over the last year, all nine of them – a massive thank you and to Brett Wild (number 9) and the Royal Navy for releasing him to ski with me.
Good luck to Mike who is recovering from a torn ACL, I wish him a very speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on skis as soon as possible.
Next week I will be at Stirling University with the Scottish Institute of Sport for 5 days on a Strength and Conditioning camp.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Millie