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27th May 2008

Final Training Before Olympics

7 people rate this

I have just returned from Holland where I was competing in my first international event since selection.  It felt great to be back competing and getting back into training again after time off ,however I felt a little ‘race rusty’ at the start of the event. 

 

The plan was to use the event as a building block towards the Games and to help identify where I need to focus my efforts and put into place key features that will help me achieve in China. 

 

Light winds dominated for the main part of the event and I felt I had fairly good pace, although problems with getting off the starting line affected my consistency. 

 

  Miami

4th April 2008

Selected for Olympics!

10 people rate this

I was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games sailing in the Women’s Singlehanded Class the Laser Radial in Mar 08 following an extensive trials period.  Having worked so hard over the past 18 months I was delighted and relieved at the decision.  The trial process for my class had been extremely close between myself and my 3 rivals and despite all being really good friends, with only one place on offer, the competition has been fierce.  Having been training virtually none stop for 15 months to gain selection I have finally been able to have a short break and am now starting the build up towards the Games. 

 

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The next few months focuses on training in specific conditions in preparation for what is expected in China and includes some time sailing in the Olympic waters off Qingdao as well as competing at the European Championships in Jul.  The Games start on 8 Aug with racing commencing on 12 Aug and finishing on 19 Aug.

4th February 2008

Olympic Trials

81 people rate this

Just a quick update to let you know how the first regatta in our Olympic Trials has gone.

 

I’m pleased to report that I finished fourth overall and as the top British boat. More importantly I sailed a really consistent regatta and was so far in front of the next British boat (Charlotte Dobson), that there was no way she could catch me going into the medal race.  Although she finished 6th overall, only two places behind me, the points gap gives me a really important psychological advantage in the trials.