1st Noel

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Racing days are over.

Last week I made the decision to retire from racing. In effect I didn't have much option as it's got to the point where I can no longer afford to make it through the season. I perhaps could carry on in a kind of part time way but I know how much time and commitment it has taken me to get into top shape and compete at World cup in the past, I just can't do that now. Injuries have also made my situation very hard to manage without much of a support team. Tristan works tirelessly but there is only so much one guy can do.

I have been lucky over my 15 years as a full time racer on the GBR team to have some excellent coaches and teammates who inspired and helped me to get further than I ever would have imagined when I started to take racing seriously. I believe I got close to my potential although I would've loved to    be better and bash out a few top 10's when they were well within my grasp.

Thank you so much to all of my sponsors over the years. I want to say a massive thank you to the people of my hometown, Aviemore and the surrounding area, who's unwavering support and belief in me throughout my career has been incredible!! Especially when I had the toughest times. It's been a privilege to represent Great Britain and the Highlands of Scotland.

I would like to stay involved with ski racing in some way, at the moment I have got some coaching weeks lined up, hopefully I can land a more permanent role somewhere in the future.

I would've written this post earlier but I broke my thumb last week in a bike crash, typing is a bit of a challenge and I was avoiding it.



  1. So sad to hear you are retiring. Someone needs to wake up and realise that skiers at the top of their sport cannot achieve it without funding, nor can the young hopefuls who aspire to reach the top and ski in the Olympics and the World Cup Series.

    Good luck in whatever you do next, there are plenty of aspiring racers out here on the circuits who would welcome you to any training session !

  2. You did Scotland and team GB proud. Enjoy your retirement, although I'm sure you will stay heavily involved in the sport!
    Anna x ( Previously of Aviemore Stables)

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