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.

30 June 2010


Paddled on the course in Augsburg for the first time yesterday. As usual I found the first session hard going, struggling to keep the boat moving and under control at the same time. I'm finding the water in these artificial courses very difficult to read, you come into an eddy so fast, its easy to miss the eddy but easier to come in above the gate.
I had another session last night which was better then another this morning which wasn't so good.