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.

01 July 2010


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.