Thanks Chris Haworth for the close up podium shot!
Thanks Chris Haworth for the close up podium shot!

The season has now well and truly drawn to a close and, as always, feels as though it has passed far too quickly. These past few months have been jam-packed with races and training, all over Europe. Despite the average results in Slalom, I'm pleased with how my technique is improving and slowly appearing in sections at races. Super G on the other hand has seen me drop 21 points, bringing me to 87. This is due largely to the fact that my GS has improved greatly. As well as the 32 pointer I scored in St Moritz, I achieved a 36.48 and a 34.44 at the British in Tignes which lowers my points, all be it small. Despite the weather being against us both GS days of the British, on the second of these which was the NJR, I managed to place as the 2nd U21. Nicely rounding off a positive GS season. With the new base list out, I am now 406th in the world for GS and 57th in my age group as well as 2nd in NZ! Still, there is always more work to do on and off the field. I was very excited to pop over to the Head Factory at the end of the season to pick up some skis and be fitted for my first pair of Head boots! Massive thanks to the Head crew, I know the skis are incredible and I can't wait to use these raptor boots.

Right now, I'm getting into a substantial fitness block. As always, a huge thanks to Ben Griffin for putting these programs together and constantly pushing me to improve in the gym. Notwithstanding my hypothyroidism I feel I am developing my skills physically. Always a crucial factor when aiming to better skills on the slopes.

There are invariably those whose time, effort and talents go unnoticed in this high-paced sport. I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who make all these races possible. From the timing crew to the TD, gate judges to the lovely people that write our times on a board. In all the countries I've raced in, it is plain to see these races would not be run without your planning and adapting to the curve-balls mother nature throws your way. Another huge thank you to my Northern Hemisphere coaches, Marc Telling and Tom White, for all the advice, the videos, the wonderful chauffeur skills and of course the coaching. It will be good to see Ambition heading to my home turf for the NZ winter! Also my home team coach, Nils Coberger, who is always there when needed even though he'd be touring with the NZ Men's National team.  Lastly to my amazing parents and brothers, none of this would be possible without you... so thanks for putting up with me!

Super G race at Val Thorens in France, placing 4th
Super G race at Val Thorens in France, placing 4th