I was born in Surrey,
England, but moved to Australia when I was 7 years old. I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and I
learnt to ski at age 10 with family friends of ours that had a boat. It wasn’t until I was 15 that my Dad
accidentally discovered tournament waterskiing!
After years of social skiing (and loving it) we found a course not too
far from home and I have been addicted ever since! I am used to driving 6 hours or so to a ski
at a decent site, even though Australia is perfect for this sport, good
facilities are very limited!
I did my first ever
tournament at 15, I was on an EP that was 15 years older than me with a Mens XL
old rubber binding!!! I remember the looks I got…. I thought it was the coolest
thing ever! But I really started to take my skiing seriously in 2013, I was 17
and had just graduated high school. At
the time my PB was 2.5 buoys on the 13m line (32 off) and I decided that to
improve my skiing, I had to go overseas...
My first “Pro tournament’ was Moomba 2014. (I fell at 1 ball on my first
pass!!) hahaha. Definitely not happy
with my performance, but looking back it was my starting point. It made me want to work harder and come back
better and stronger the following year – which is exactly what I did. In 2016 I made the Semi’s at Moomba, running
the 12m line (35 off) for the 4th tournament in a row. This was a
huge achievement for me, particularly to run it on the Yarra in front of my
home crowd! I plan to ski Moomba 2018, as well as the Malibu Open this year and
continue putting my name out there to gain more competition experience. I hope to inspire up and coming skiers by
showing them that you don’t have to of learnt to ski at age 2, or have the best
of anything, as long as you have the basics all you need is to simply want it
bad enough – and the rest is an amazing journey!
When I was a ‘novice’
skier I rode the 2012 orange Connelly Prophecy (which was my baby!!!) I loved
it so much, regardless of what anyone told me, it was the best thing ever. I would never have even dreamed that one day,
I would be sponsored and supported by this amazing company!!! Last year, I moved to the blue and green 2016
GT, which is an awesome ski, super reliable, and I’m sure all the girls can
agree with me – it is such a pretty ski!!!
Now, I just started riding the 2017 Connelly GT, so far, I have only had
a few sets on it, but once I get it dialed, I am super excited to see what the
ski and I can achieve in the not-too-distant future!
For me, it’s how the
ski can adapt. I know that sounds weird
and obviously, as the skier, you should be the one physically and mentally adapting
to conditions and any other variables, but I believe that your ski does too!! Even
though I haven’t been in the sport that long, or skied in many “big”
competitions, I always know that my nerves are never due to my lack of faith in
The thing I love most
(and always have) about the Connelly is that it can handle anything, I have
skied at some (interesting ski sites) and I have found that thus far, there has
been no white cap big enough or roller rolley-enough to stop this ski from
performing! Not to mention for me, It’s
so cool to see the array of skiers performing so well on this ski!! The vast range
of ages, speeds and slalom abilities that are loving this ski, never ceases to
amaze me. Which as someone promoting and
competing on the ski, gives me all the confidence in the World!
I think more than
anything it’s the skis reliability. With
the Connelly, I feel like there is no reason not to go from learning to run the
course, all the way up to competing amongst the best skiers in the World! You know that it will always perform, it is
forgiving enough for those skiers that are wanting something they can trust,
but it’s also fast and agile, so when you need to go, the ski is right with you
every step of the way.
My tournament PB is currently
2@11 (38 off) and I hope to improve on that this upcoming season! I skied last Fall for the University of
Louisiana at Monroe (Go Warhawks!) which helped my slalom so much particularly
due to easy access to a beautiful lake, boat and being surrounded by some of
the World’s best skiers! Even though I
haven’t been able to do as much skiing as I would’ve liked in the last four
months, I am focused on what’s ahead, and I feel like there’s a lot of exciting
things to come, not only with this company but also with my skiing!
Behind the scenes, I
love the “Connelly Family” feel. I have
been lucky enough to ski with Seth Stisher at his beautiful lake in Charleston,
SC, for a few years now. I would say
without a doubt that he has been my biggest mentor in this sport, and once he
made to move to Connelly, I knew it was something that I needed to look into. The company thus far have been extremely
supportive of my passion for this sport, and have been willing to help me with
anything I need!
At the moment, aside
from the ski, I don’t have any other Connelly gear, but that’s something that
we will have to change this year!
Well, as I’m in
College I have the entire collegiate season ahead which is exciting, with the
Collegiate National’s being held at Bennett’s this year! I also have a goal to compete at my first Malibu
Open in August!! I am so excited to push myself this year and now that I have
access to all the facilities I could possibly need and I have the ongoing support
of Connelly Skis, I feel like anything is possible!
Well, ultimately to
run 11m (38 off) at least in training and get further down the line in a
tournament. It’s definitely possible, I
truly believe that, I just have to keep focused and working towards my goals
one step at a time. Ultimately, I love
this sport, and as long as I have that passion, I will always enjoy being on the
water, and I truly believe that if you love what you do, you’re always going to
improve in some way or another.
Hmm, well most people don’t know that before I was a Water-skier
I was really into boxing.. haha. There
was something about it that I really enjoyed. I also love to speak French! I am
not fluent by any means, but I think it’s a beautiful language and I hope to
keep practicing to get to the point where I can move there to live one day! And lastly, I am also sponsored by Rubber
Jungle Wetsuits, Mark and the boys there are (absolute legends) but have been
there since day one, plus it’s always good to support true blue Aussie! They sold me my first ever slalom vest when I
was 10, then ten years later, I picked up a sponsorship!