This season has been an interesting one for me. What I love about elite level snowboarding is you are always presented with new situations that test you and allow you to grow. At the beginning of the season I received the news I was accepted to compete and represent Australia in the New Zealand World Cup. Throughout the early season I was doing well in training and in the minor contests leading up to my two major competitions the World Cup and the Mile High.
Photo: James Thompson
Unfortunately I caught that cold that seemed to have infected half of Australia this winter right before hopping on the plane to NZ. I spent most of my trip sleeping or dosing up on cough medicine, panadol and strepsils. Although mentally I was ready and wanted to compete my body was not responding and couldn’t perform what I was asking of it. After suffering from vertigo and fevers on the practice day I only had an hour on the course before the contest I attempted my contest run and ended up in 15th place at the World Cup. I travelled straight back to Australia to try and compete in the Mile high, by now I had deteriorated even more to the stage of having pneumonia, I was so unwell during practice I made the decision to call it quits and come home to Melbourne to recover.
This was a new experience for me as a lot of the challenges I have faced in snowboarding have been mental, especially in relation to contest snowboarding. I had never been in a situation where my mind was ready and willing to compete and give it my all but my body was unable to even get down the course, I can tell you it’s a very frustrating situation to be in. In every situation I have come across in snowboarding I have been able to find ways to improve from what has happened and not repeat the same mistakes twice, this one was just a case of bad timing and horrible luck I guess.
Photo: James Thompson
I have been healing up well and although my external oblique is torn (from coughing) I was able to head up to Thredbo to coach Chicks with Stix, which was so much fun and I can’t wait for next year!
Photo: Jarrod Wouters
I am now looking forward to some springtime shredding! I will be heading up to Perisher this week to stomp some new tricks and work on my tan