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Hazelwood Ski World – First Comp Update

Wow…we arrived to the most crazy, hot, perfect weather. Which really puts the pressure on…we all like to have an excuse ready about wind/rain or other conditions that we can use to console ourselves with. But no. Just plain perfect.

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First comp of the season so it’s great to see everyone again. There’s no money in water skiing so as a sport its really kept a friendly feel to it. Don’t get me wrong – its super competitive, but there’s real support for competitors and parents too.  Most of us who are hoping for a place on the British Team were there. Praying/hoping/dreaming of posting good scores.

I was up second in both events – Trick and Slalom. The novices (newbies to comps) go first, then the U12 boys and then us U14 girls.  It’s an 8:30am start so we get to the lake for 7:45 so I can get changed, warmed up and get down to the dock in time for my slot. There is no messing about. You miss your slot…then you miss your slot. For this comp there were 3 rounds of Slalom and 3 rounds of Trick spread across 2 days. So if one round goes badly then you’ve a chance to get a good score at the other rounds. It was so great to hang out with my friends, Lucy, Tom, Amy and her sister Holly. Lucy and Tom were on the U14 team last year and are both amazing 3 eventers. Lucy tricks just shy of 4,000, and Tom just above 4,000 points. Which is amazing and probably makes them two of the most talented trickers in Europe in their age group.

The comp was amazing for nearly everyone. PB (personal bests) is what matters. It doesn’t always happen but we try to ski against ourselves, and improve our performance rather than compete against each other.  Tonnes of PB were achieved – Lucy in Trick and Slalom, Amy in Trick and Slalom, Tom definitely in Trick were he landed some amazing flips for the first time.

And me?

I was hoping to score about 1500-1700 in trick. My PB last year 1360. Trick is…well tricky, because even if you do the trick it might not count if it’s not perfect – or done the right way. You may think you’ve done okay but then your scores come in and it can be a shock. With Slalom it’s simpler – you get around the buoy and your fine.

So my first run went well, I thought it was good. But I never expected to break the 2,000 mark and was jumping in the air when my score came in at 2,100.  So so happy.  All those winter training sessions have paid off. Two more rounds, one not as good at 1770 but one better at 2250 so I’m really happy.

This year for U14 the speed at which the line is shortened changed from 55kph to 52kph. Both Lucy and I had to learn fast (4 weeks’ notice) to change our timings and intensity. We both struggled, we were both missing our gates in practice. Neither of us had particularly high hopes for this comp.

The running order had Lucy going out first.  With all of the struggles she ran 6 buoys at 14 meters and made it look easy. And then she got 1 buoy at 13m. Everyone cheered, everyone was excited for her.

I congratulated her, and just hoped I could match it. I’ve never felt so nervous going out for a ski before. I actually felt quite sick. It would be a big achievement to run 14m I’ve not run it before in comp (neither had Lucy so there was a lot of celebrating).  I set off…my skiing wasn’t pretty. Lots of little mistakes. I think the nerves hit me. But I held on a fought for every buoy. And it worked – I ran 6 buoys at 14m. Then I went out at 13 m and couldn’t believe it – 2 buoys. A new PB.

 

Big thank you to my coaches and sponsors. John Battleday at JBski spent ages driving and coaching in the snow and cold. John always tells me what I need to do to get better and encourages me to be the best I can. He’s amazing.

Jodi Fisher has been coaching me since I was 9 years old and was the first coach to tell me I had talent – and how to hold a slalom handle! Without his encouragement I never would have entered my first comp. Via Jodi’s Ski Team I can get help on line any time any where. I love my time in Florida and it helps me so much.  Finally a big thank you to Thule bags for sponsoring Jodi’s Ski Team – I love the gear.

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Oh… and George and Flo Hazelwood run great comps, and have been so welcoming to me. I don’t know how I’d survive without my sausage baps from Flo’s cafe.

I know that I’ll have bad comps – comps where I’m not skiing my best. Where I mess up. But today, right now…I’m celebrating!  We all got to relax and hang out together afterwards..canoeing, swimming and just having a great time.

 

 

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Here We Go!

Its finally here…the first comp of the season.  It’s going to be great to see everyone up at Hazelwood Ski World, and to get back into competing but also its stressful time as these comps really count. Plus…I’m revising for my final exams in a couple of weeks (we do them at the same time as the GCSE exams).

It’s a bit of a killer to be having important comps going on while I’m going through my Biology revision!

Anyway…I think I’m ready.  Fingers crossed!  Here’s me doing some trick practice.

A lot of the tricks won’t score as they aren’t smooth enough yet, and I’m taking way more than 20 seconds to ‘do the run’. But its a start, and I have to keep focused on one thing at a time!

Think of me this weekend.

 

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New GlideSoul Design is out!

It’s that time of year again when new wet suits start popping up and I start looking for this years’ set of kit. Obviously I’m still growing so last seasons GlideSoul wetsuits are a bit, ahem, tight now.  After spending the winter in a dry suit I can’t wait for it to get warm so the water is something other than freezing cold. It’s really hot right now, a few more days of this and I’ll be able to get out of my heavy wetsuit and into something I can move freely in. That makes a real difference, especially with Trick.

I’ve got my eye on the new GlideSoul range – the black and silver design is super cool looking. I love the options of long or short sleeves, and the wetsuits with the slightly longer leg look great. Now I just have to convince my Mum….off to get measured!

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BWSW Squad Support

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Got a great email last night. All the squad details of what’s expected of me, training wise, diet, drugs (!), social media presence…really exciting, but also really daunting because I can see how serious this is now.

My Mum has logged onto the ‘drugs’ website to check out my antihistamines and asthma puffers. The stuff I take for my stomach is okay, and the antihistamines are fine too. There’s a yellow warning on my Ventolin so we’ll head off to the doctors to make sure we really understand what dose is allowable. Oh the joys of asthma.

The big surprise was that there was some sponsorship money attached to making the squad. I’m so grateful for the help – every set costs £29 so it soon adds up. First steps to raising the money I need for my training expenses so its been a great day!

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Thule Bags

 

Yesterday a large parcel arrived for me – always a great addition to any day.  Inside were two fantastic Thule bags – just what I needed for competitions and travelling.

The first bag can be used as a back pack, a shoulder bag or a normal duffel bag and is the perfect size for my wet suits, gloves, towels and all the other stuff I carry around with me for training and comps.

The second bag was a large three event bag which will carry my jump skis, as well  as my trick and slalom ski’s plus all my ropes. It has big wheels so it won’t drag across the ground which makes it perfect for travel (especially overseas).

Thank you to Jodi Fisher and Thule for supporting me in my dreams.