I think the decision to aim for the Olympic qualifiers was never really made but was always with me since my early days in a boat. I can't explain it, it's just the way it is; to compete at my best at the highest level. So, around September 2008 I made a decision to do something about it; to concentrate all my efforts into slalom training for the next while with the only aim being "to be able to look back and say I did my best"

This blog is the story of my journey

Summer 2010 roadtrip

I will be competing in three World Cup Races, Czech Republic, Spain and Germany. After five weeks is the Pre Worlds in Slovakia, with the Slovak open the following week.

Depending on my results at the World Cups I also hope to qualify for the World Championships in Slovenia.

Having never competed at this level before, it's going to be a steep learning curve, but thats what I'm here for.

12 February 2010

Week 5 Holme Pierrepont Nottingham

On my second trip to HPP I find the water much easier than the last time. I train here for four days with some different paddlers including the welsh and their coaches again before a Div One double at the weekend.

11th July - Race One: First run was slow with two touches, finishing second. I watched some video after and picked out where I could make some improvements. I was very happy with my second run which was clean and much faster. My second win, leaving one more needed for promotion - hopefully tomorrow!

12th July - Race Two: My first run was clean but seemed slow on the top section with some minor mistakes on the bottom. I went out too hard and fast on the second run giving me a much faster time but getting tired towards the end I made some mistakes, taking two touches leaving me in second place.