Hi guys, I recently travelled out to Laax, Switzerland to compete in the British Freestyle Championships, The Brits!
I spent the first week with Andy Bennett and the the team from British Freeski Camps. It was the first time away from home on my own and first time flying without my parents, it was an interesting flight from Manchester to Zurich, a bit bumpy!
Pre run advice from coach Rob Machon
We spent the week training on rails, kickers and in the half pipe being coached by Andy. In addition to the skiing we had talks and demonstrations on fitness and nutrition as well as spending time in the brilliant Freestyle Academy Laax on trampolines and the airbag, check out the link, it was extremely fun and exiting!
The second week was the competition week. The first comp I competed in was slopestyle. After two days of waiting for the cloud to clear, the comp was called off and turned into a 3 run rail jam. I placed 24 out of 54. The second comp I competed in was half pipe where I was stoked to place joined 14th out of 34! It was the first time I had ridden the halfpipe, its massive, 22 foot high walls!
Riding into the clouds!
It was disappointing that most of the competition day’s were affected by the weather but had a great 2 weeks learning new skills and skiing with the rest of the team. I would like to thank coaches Andy Bennett, Rob Machon, James Webb and Emma Lonsdale for looking after me in the first week and coaching me over the 2 weeks. I had a really good time and hope to have more opportunities like that next season!
Concentration before the rail jam!
Thanks as always to my sponsor Ski Olympic.
Rail Jam in the cloud
Bangers and Cash!
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