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.

11 June 2010


Home from home PrahaArrived in Prague yesterday feeling very stiff after the long drive. An easy flat paddle sorted that out before a good nights sleep.

Went for an easy paddle on the course today, watching other paddlers and "trying" to do what they were doing. I had a look at one stopper and thought 'I wonder how sticky that is?' With only one way to find out, I had a real fight to get out the far side.

A creek boat in action:

Feeling good and ready for more