I may have left Australia nearly three months ago to commence my preparations (along with my guide Eric) for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games and only now have I found enough time to set up this blog to keep you all updated with my adventures towards Vancouver.
So I will try keep this brief but since I left Australia November 27 things have been well... hectic to say the least!
I arrived in Colorado where I spent four weeks with the rest of the Australian Paralympic Team training and racing before it was onto Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Spain for more training and races including my debut on the World Cup circuit in Slalom.
Prior to my World Cup debut in Austria I had only competed in two Slalom races, my first ever race and my first International win at the New Zealand Winter Games and another first place in the North American races at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Our first World Cup experience was a memorable one podiuming in our first appearance- a third place! In the process I also became the first Australian women to podium at an IPC World Cup event not bad for a rookie! Over the next week we competed in three more Slalom World Cup races picking up a fifth, a fourth, and another podium, once again a third place.
An extra bonus was winning third place in the World Cup Overall Slalom Title, a prestigious title awarded to the most successful and consistent performers over the race series. A very satisfying result considering I had now only competed in six Slalom races when we were competing against girls who have been racing for many years.
It was then back to the US for a short break and now the team and I are in a heavy training block as the Games draw closer and closer!
So far our season results have totalled three North American podiums (Slalom first, GS third, Super Combined third), two European Cup podiums (third Slalom, third Super Combined), two World Cup podiums (Slalom third x two) and third in the World Cup Overall Slalom Title.
A good start with more to come!