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.

10 July 2010


Moved from 264 up to 118

05 July 2010


First run; A great start, as far as gate 8, then disaster. I caught an edge and struggled to roll in the surging water. When I did manage to right myself I was caught in a strange position between the eddy and the main flow. I had to back out of the corner and then missed the next three gates, and didn't get the rhythm going properly after that. Another missed gate later on and a slow time.

Second run; Again a great start, this seems to be turning into my standard race routine. I managed to get past gate 8 but spun out in the eddy, missing gate 9. The rest of the run was OK but slow.

Placed 55 out of 58 wasn't how I hoped to finish off the World Cup. A break now and decide on the next step.

01 July 2010


Opening ceremony

In the three races, and the training at each site, I've found everything tough going with some moves I've never tried and others I just haven't practiced. Everything has been easy so far when now compared to the course set for tomorrow's heats. The forerunners all had difficulty, missing many gates an hitting many others.

I'll be trying to get down with no major mistakes and then for the second run try to go a little faster.

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This morning's session started off a bit rough but I soon got into the swing of things, driving the boat hard into gates when it was necessary, and keeping it flowing most of the time. Feeling positive about tomorrow, happy that I spent more time on the water over the last few days.

So that's it, nearly three weeks training finished. To say it's been a roller coaster would be an understatement. I've gone from getting trashed and feeling miserable to powering down a course and being delighted and then right back to the start again.

For a change I'm racing tomorrow afternoon at 2:04 and 4:13 Irish time.