So a lot has happened since my last blog. Life, work and snowboarding leaves such little time to update my blog and keep all of you informed. So here is a bit about what I am up to.
The NZ season was a great opportunity to really focus on some key technical skills and also go through all the fundamentals. With no other Para-Snowboard teams making the trip to NZ, I used this to my full advantage by making the most of each day.
We also had a 2 week training camp on the Cardona boardercross course in September. This was huge in gaining access to a course and to tidy up some of my racing skills. However, unfortunately I was restricted by some niggly injuries and couldn't make the most of the training camp.
After Cardona closed to the public Adam (My coach) and I had a great chance to make some more gains with private access to the course. It was a great few days working on start training and also rhythm features.
Over the NZ season I had decided to switch snowboards for my Paralympic campaign. After some testing and riding a few different brands I have made the switch to Apex Snowboards. Apex Custom Snowboards have build me some awesome new boards that I am sure will help gain a couple more factions of speed.
As my racing is all about speed, 0.5% or 1% could be the difference between winning or coming 4th or 5th, so a no brainer really.
I also had great news at the end of October that I have been officially selected in the New Zealand Paralympic Team to head to Sochi Russia for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.
Although it wasn't a huge surprise to be selected it is a huge honour to be selected and pull on that Silver Fern to represent my country.
Along with my selection I also received the biggest award at the Snow Sports New Zealand annual awards. After picking up the Adaptive Athlete of the Year I also collected the Overall New Zealand Snow Sports Athlete of the Year Award. I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed by it all and it took a couple of days to sink in. This is huge after working so hard over the past season. Getting this sort of recognition shows that all that hard work is paying off.
Finally, I have just arrived in Colorado to continue my training and make the most of the time on snow before the games. I will now be based in Frisco Colorado until the 20th January where I will be in training at Copper Mountain. I also have 2 World Cup races on the 18th 19th January at Copper. These 2 races kick off my competition season building up the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in March.