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Hi guys I recently competed at th e European Championships in Dnipro, Ukrain and it was amazing. I skied well for my first Europeans coming 9th in slalom, 11th in trick and getting a new PB in Jump of 13.9m.

My first event was trick on the first day of the competition. I was in series two and was third off the dock in my catagory. I skied well getting my second highest trick score of the year, but despite this I was still one place of the final by 170 points coming 11th when 10 go through to the final. However this was still reasonably happy with my ski and the score counted for the team overall.

On the next day I had my slalom preliminary round and was 7th off the dock in series one. In this round I didn’t have a great ski only getting 2 @ 13m which at the time I didn’t think was enough to make the final as it looked like the cut off was      2.5 @ 13. At this point I was devastated as slalom is my main event. However partway through the round, as others had bad skis, we realised that I would be in a four way run off for the final with two free places! This meant that at the end of the series I had to go to the start dock and ski again but this time starting at 14m. There were four of us who wanted the spaces but only two spots in the final so we flipped a coin to decide the order. I got to ski second after a Swiss girl. She went out and scored 1 @ 13 which is a very good score straight of the dock with no warm up passes and quite unusual for a run off. Once she came back into the dock it was my turn no I was determined to get into the final. I skied really well in the conditions also getting 1 @ 13 meaning that if the next two girls didn’t beat that score I was in the final. He next girl who went out skied well but only got 5 @ 14m which was good news for me, however the final girls to ski also got 1 @ 13 which meant we had to do another run off with the remaining three competitors!

I was second off the dock again after the same Swiss girl who skied extreamly well again getting he same side as before, 1 @ 13m. This meant that I had to do a better score or risk another run off. However I also skied the same score as the first skier again meaning that if the last Ukrainian girl beat or matched the score we would have to do another run off! We were all extreamly nervous on the dock waiting to see what the last girl scored and tried not to show how happy we were when she missed 14m meaning that I was in the final!!!

On the day of the slalom finial I had to get up at 6am as I was second off the dock. There was no other skiers at the site when we arrived and the lake was completely flat, perfect conditions. I went down to the dock and waited for my turn.  Was after the same Swiss girl and in the run off and after her ski it was my turn. It wasn’t my best ski but I was still very pleased getting 2.5 @ 13m putting me in 9th place!

On Thursday I had my jump preliminary with the three other British U14 girls. I was first off the dock and jumped 13.9 m which was a new PB, I was extremely happy with this as I have only started Jump this year and was not able to train at all at my home club JB as the ramp is being fixed.

Overall I am extremely pleased with how I skied coming 6th as a team with all of us contributing with at least one discipline. It was a great experience which I thoughrouly enjoyed and hope I have again.

Thank you to my coaches John Battleday and Jodi Fisher for all the training and support.

 

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Three Sisters Wigan Competition

Last weekend I competed at the competition at Three Sister up in Wigan. I had a great comp getting 5 PBs across 7 rounds of slalom, trick and jump.

After two days at squad training at  South Lake I travelled up to Wigan for the competition. On the first day I had three rounds of slalom, my favourite event. in the first round I got 2 @ 13 m which was a solid score but one I wanted to build on in the next rounds. The second round went extremely well, I got 4 buoys at 13 which was a new PB and beat my previous British Record by 1 buoy! I then matched this score in the second round so it was a very successful day! Well done to Amy Whaling for also getting a PB of 2 @ 13 and Lucy Roberts for getting a PB of 1.5 @ 13!

The next day started with the 2 trick rounds. I was desperate to stand up my new trick run seeing as it had gone so badly at Nationals, but as my coaches John Battleday and Jodi Fisher said after Nationals, “All the best kids fall” and “Everything happens for a reason” and in the first round I got a PB of 2360! I was extremely pleased with this as it meant almost all of my tricks had scored! The next round I had an even better ski scoring all my tricks apart from my wake 5 meaning I got another PB of 2650! Well done again to Amy Whaling who also got a PB of 2530.

The last event was jump and, for me, the most pressuring event of the comp as I had to jump at least 12m to qualify for Europeans the following week. My first jump did not go so well, only scoring 11.1m but I had 2 more jumps that round and after deciding to cut to the ramp a bit later I managed to score 13.2m meaning I had qualified to jump at Europeans! This meant that I could relax for the next round and have some fun!My next jump was even better scoring 13.8m and getting another PB! Well done to Amy for also getting a PB of 13.8 and to Lucy for jumping a well earned PB of 23m, Amy and I have some catching up to do!

Thank you to Three Sisters Waterski Club for hosting the event and John Battleday, Arron Davies and Jodi Fisher for all the support and training and Tony Munro for the photos 📸

 

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Jodi’s world Tour

On Thursday the 2nd of August I went all the way to Denham Waterski Club with Dani Halford and Emily Newsome to train with Jodi. We had a great time and Jodi’s coaching was amazing as always, giving me loads of help on my gates to help me run 13 more often.

I had three skis with Jodi and did  two slaloms and one trick. After nationals we were just working on getting my confidence back on tricks and I had a really good set just practicing my runs and working on my wake 540.

Slalom was also very good. We stayed on longer line lengths and worked on technique and my gate pull out to help me get wide enough . This will help me to run shorter rope lengths, especially in competition.

Thank you to Jodi for all the amazing coaching and Denham ski club for hosting the day.

 

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I Made The British Team U14!

Hi guys,

I’m so excited to have made the British Team and can’t wait to compete at Europeans with the rest of the under 14 team, Amy Whaling, Lucy Roberts and Tom Parkins. Thank you to the selectors for picking me and Danny Budd and Jay Brown for the early coaching and John Battleday, Jodi Fisher, Aron Davies and Joel Poland for the current coaching and endless support. I couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.  So happy, and so happy for my friends that made the team too.

I’ll be back soon with more updates. Now I have to train (lots).

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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.