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

Winter '08-'09

Each week I would be aiming to do; three gym sessions for strength and aerobic fitness, loads of flat water training including basic paddling techniques and posture in the boat and four paddling sessions on gates, with coaching tips and advice from some old and some newer faces. When I first started training on the Boyne the S bend was almost impassible, once or twice a week I would head down early, do my session, spend the day clearing trees and hanging gates, and then do my second session.