After the Delancey British Alpine Ski Championships Robert headed off to Bansko, Bulgaria with one of his coaches,Richard Breese and the other FIS athletes at EDEP ( European Development & Excellence Programme). They took part in six FIS races which included the Mexican Championships and the Bulgarian National Championships.
Robert took a tremendous Slalom win overall in the Mexican Championships which added a second International FIS overall race win to his name this season alongside 7 top 10 results and a personal best of 27 FIS points in Slalom.
The British Men’s NJC Slalom was the final race of the 2016 Delancey British Championships which was contested in Tignes, France.
Robert’s time of 1:34:39 saw him take Junior title ahead of Alex Baronous 1:35:07 and Paul Henderson 1:35:10
PHOTOGRAPHY C/O BRITISH SKI & SNOWBOARD/VANESSA FRY PHOTOGRAPHY
I recently received good news that I’ve been chosen by Snowsports England (www.snowsportengland.org.uk) to become a national ambassador of snowsports.
My role as a ‘Snowsport England Ambassador’ will mean I will work with Snowsport England to spread the word about snowsports and try and help encourage more people to start skiing and snowboarding.
This will include telling people about the GO SKI GO BOARD participation campaign, which offers value for money sessions for those new and progressing in snowsports. I will be attending one of Snowsport England’s #30DaysofSnowsport events, aimed at celebrating all things skiing and snowboarding and offering taster sessions for people new to the sport.
I received a surprise telephone call this morning from BSS informing me that I had been given a slot to compete in Slalom at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Hafjell, Norway.
I am extremely honoured that the BSS selectors offered me this opportunity to have a place on the GB team at this world event and very pleased that my recent FIS ski racing achievements have been recognised so highly by the selectors. I hadn’t set the Junior World Champs as one of my goals this season.
However, after a long and hard deliberation, I made the difficult decision to decline the offer of my Slalom place. I thought about the long term pathway that I am currently following with my coaches. Participation at the World Junior Champs would be a tremendous experience but I would rather set my sight on hopefully being given another chance in future years when I feel I can go to a major competition such as this and be more competitive against Europa Cup and World Cup level athletes rather than just soaking up an experience. I wish the GB team at this event Good Luck.
At the England Alpine Championships in Bormio the NJR Slalom was held on the Adler Piste in Oga, Bormio. After the first run I had the second fastest overall time and the fastest British time of 48.09 secs. During the race the snow conditions began to soften and in the second run I got pushed down to fourth overall place just missing the third place by 0.15 secs. I am pretty happy with this result as I came International U18 3rd Place and scored a PB of 44.62 FIS points.
My knee is healing well and I have got a bit more movement in it now and I don’t need the crutches anymore!
I am so grateful to the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme for putting me in touch with the great set up at Hertfordshire Sports Village with Performance Hertfordshire and Bodybalance Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic.
Under the expert guidance of Nicki Combarro and Melanie Orchard – Sports Physiotherapists and Fiona Scott my Strength & Conditioning coach, I hope to be back very soon.
After my last post about my October training camp going well……..Sunday October 26th took a turn for the worst. Nearing the end of a GS training run up on the Hintertux Glacier, I had a crash which resulted in my skis popping off. I unfortunately slid over my skis and in doing so sliced my left knee open. I want to thank my team mates and coaches for their quick thinking and help as my knee was losing considerable blood and I required helicopter medical assistance to get to the hospital asap. Where I fell, the helicopter couldn’t land due to the steepness so three piste bashers were called, one of which transported me to a flatter section of the piste.
After two nights in Schwaz Hospital in the excellent care of the medical staff there, I received many internal and external stitches to a rather deep and long wound. I was extremely lucky not to do any further damage and my leg was put in a full leg length cast in order to keep it immobile.
I was allowed home back to the UK as soon as I was given the ok to fly. Last Wednesday, I had my external stitches removed and yesterday my Doctor reassured me that the wound is looking as good as it could do for this stage. I also went to my first physio appointment yesterday that was arranged at Bodybalance , Hertfordshire Sports Village. I am feeling positive about the whole injury business and now have four initial exercises to do, including learning to walk again without crutches.
I would like to thank everybody that has sent me a Get well message and their support.
I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received and very generous contributions to my Makeachamp crowdfunding campaign. Many Thanks to the following people and Businesses who have helped me with their contributions and will be a big part of my ski racing journey;
Nialto Services, Tracey Dickson, Amanda Cossar, Ann Bushnell, The Fowlers, Andy Lees, Juliet Solomon, Sue Case, Kerry Turnock, Jonathon Lees, Martin Lees, Holly Stevens, Ferdinand Presso.
Great to be back snow training with my team mates in Hintertux with Inspire on the European Development Excellence Programme. The hard work continues with coaches Richard Breese and Stephen Edwards.
Big Thanks to everyone supporting me this season and thanks to everyone that has clicked on to my crowd funding venture.
Loving the 2015 ATOMIC setup!