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 Tell us about the training
It is obviously very tricky to be able to train for ski racing in the UK due to a lack of mountains! However, there are race clubs at both Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes that you can go to and they hold race training once a week. However, the majority of my training is either spent running or gym based. I am a member of the local running club; St Albans Striders, and I run with them 2-3 times per week and also do strength work in the gym 2-3 times per week. Basically, I only have Fridays off!
It can be hard work but it’s a real sense of achievement when you get fitter and stronger and you see how that translates into your results on race day!
Are there any comparisons between
ski racing and working in law?
Working as part of a team definitely! When we head out to race events, we often travel, train, eat our meals and stay in the same accommodation together. Each member of the team has their own strengths; for some that’s cooking, others are fantastic at ski servicing or driving when tired! It really is a team effort; as it is working on complex cases in law. Everyone has their own role to play.
Aside from that, I would definitely say that the main comparison is the drive and determination to get the best possible result. Both in sport and in the legal world, you are often faced with unexpected challenges. In the ski world, this could be adverse weather/snow conditions or problems with your equipment. In the legal world, you could be sent an unexpected witness statement, expert report
or application last minute. In both situations, it is important to take a step back, and plan exactly how you are going to overcome those challenges and then when you get the result you want, it is a real sense of achievement!
Tell us about the highs
Where do I start? The team spirit within the British Masters and also the international races is fantastic. Everyone is just so friendly, encouraging and supportive; even our direct competitors! You often see the same faces at the race events, and we often end up training and socialising together after the races finish!
The highlight for my racing career has to be being placed 2nd overall for my age group in the FIS Masters World Cup last season and I was awarded a Crystal Globe; every ski racer’s dream!
Aside from that, there is just nothing like being
out in the fresh mountain air with such spectacular views. Races often start in the very early hours of the morning which means that you are the first to see the sunrise over the mountains; the first to make tracks on the freshly groomed piste. I also cannot describe the exhilaration you get from racing. The fear you get as you step into the start gate knowing that you’re soon going to be hitting up to 70mph in nothing but a helmet and a bit of lycra, and the adrenaline rush as you give it your all through the course! Winter 2019
   Tell us about
the lows
It can be very tiring when you are working in a full-time job! Last season, I used the majority of my annual leave between January to April meaning that
I had barely any annual leave
left to use for the rest of the year (just the odd day here and there). I would travel out on a Thursday or Friday, compete all weekend, head back (often quite late) on Sunday night and then head back to work on Monday!
It can also be disheartening when you don’t race to the best of your ability and know that you could have done better or just pushed it that little bit harder.
Lugging 30kg + of ski equipment through an airport also has its challenges!!
Do you have any
advice for others considering Ski Racing?
Start off by signing up with a local race club. Many arrange friendly club and regional events which are suitable for all abilities. You can then progress up to the national events in the indoor snow domes and build up
from there!
What does the
future hold for the British Masters Ski team?
Our membership base is growing every day! We set the team up a few years ago as a way to get all British Masters
ski racers together and offer support at the various race events. We now organise our own annual Championships which is part of the FIS Masters World Cup series and we are now hoping to grow this event, and get more people involved in the sport.
Tell us more about
your charity work
When I’m not racing, I am a keen runner and participate in
a number of charity events for varying causes. This year, I ran the Edinburgh Marathon for the CJD Support Network. This is a charity very close to my heart as I lost my lovely Mum to CJD
(a very rare and untreatable illness) 5 years ago.
I was then part of a relay team of 10 last month and between us, we ran from Sittingbourne to Brighton in 29 hours which is around 170 miles. This was in aid of the Ollie Foundation (a local mental health charity aimed at preventing suicide) and Asthma UK.
I am participating in the
Royal Parks Half Marathon next weekend for “Spread a Smile”, our named charity of the year at Irwin Mitchell. The aim of this charity is to provide entertainment in hospitals to seriously ill children, so it is a fantastic cause.
Anything else
on the horizon?
I will be running the Brighton Marathon next year in aid of MIND. This again is a charity very close to my heart, as I lost
a dear friend to suicide 3 years ago and the day of the marathon happens to fall on what would have been his 39th birthday.
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know!
When I was at school, I was a keen musician! I got up to Grade 6 on the oboe and Grade 5 on the piano but then gave it all up for skiing!

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