At six years old my parents gave me an incentive, ‘if you learn to ski you can come on the family holiday’ they said… what happened after that was a hell of a journey, a journey yet to be completed.

I joined Pendle Ski Club and the following year I was away in the mountains of France.

I loved racing and training on the British Dry Slopes and after being selected for the English Schools Team at 13.

I started training on snow, all be it for only maybe 3-4 weeks a year.

At 16 I got selected to the English Alpine Ski Team.

At 18 years old (after I had finished my A-levels) I was allowed to try skiing full time for a year by my family to see how I did.

The following year at 19 I was selected for the British Team.. I was skiing full time at this point. I learned to love the hard training. I started my journey across the FIS races of Europe.

I was proudly selected to represent Team GB in my first Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, Canada. I managed 27th in the Slalom. I learnt a lot and it really kicked me to push my training to the next level.

I started to step things up on the International stage earning my first World Cup points in Levi finishing 26th. I also went on to win the Europa Cup Slalom title, becoming the first ever British skier to win a Europa Cup title.

I was selected for my 2nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. I finished 17th in Slalom. I didn’t have a great World Cup Season this year so it was time to address some issues and push my skiing forward some more.

I finished 30th in the World Cup standings with a best result in Madonna di Campiglio of 16th, 2016 I finished 22nd in the standings with a best result of 12th in Val d’isere and became only the 4th British skier to make the World Cup finals.

I had achieved my childhood dream of being ranked in the World’s top 30 so coming into the 2017 season I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well expectations went up after my first race finishing 6th in Levi, later in the season I matched the best ever British result in a World Cup, finished on the podium in 2nd in Kitzbuhel. That was some day! I finished the World Cup standings in 8th, notching up 6 top 10 World Cup results on the way.

Olympic season. Walking away with an Olympic Top 10 in the pocket! Obviously the main event of the season however with the way skiing rankings work you have to be on point in the World Cups before the Olympics. I started well only to fall after leading the first run in Levi. After that it was a hard season for myself. Breaking through in 2017 felt so easy compared to holding on to that ranking in 2018. I did manage multiple top 10s in World Cup and a very respectable 9th at the Olympics to keep my ranked in the top 15 of the world in 14th.


Back on the World Cup podium. I was motivated to get myself back into the Worlds top 10 and to help me I switched back to my loyal ski partner from earlier years Dynastar. I had a very consistent season and managed to get myself back onto the in Oslo which was unreal. To make the front page of The Times newpaper was rather surreal but also a nice reward for my years of effort. I also managed a 9th at the World Championships matching my Olympics result and finished the season ranked 10th in the World! another great year.

 From now onward
I no longer see a limit as to what I can achieve… So long as I continue to put in the hours training!

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