Delancey’s “Ones to Watch” are back. Over the upcoming winter, British Ski and Snowboard and Delancey will be following 10-year old snowboarder Mia Brookes and 12-year old skier Bradley Fry in a series of interviews and blogs throughout their season of competition and training with the GB Park and Pipe Development Team.
What have you been up to since your last blog?
December was a really busy and exciting month. There were lots of fun things going on at school and I was very excited about going back to Laax.
Some of my school friends nominated me for Cheshire’s Junior Sports Personality Award 2017. I made it through to the finals so was invited to the prize giving ceremony in December, just the day before I travelled over to the Alpes. We went along and I was so happy to find out I had won the award. My school were really proud and have my trophy displayed in their main reception area!
On the 11th December I went to Corvatsch, Switzerland with my mum and dad to do my first ever World Rookie Tour Competition. I was competing in the Groms Catergory (2003 & under). I was nervous because I knew that some of the girls would be a lot older than me, but everyone said “just do your best and you will be fine”, but I did really well and qualified in 2nd place. In the finals I placed 3rd, and, because I made it onto the podium I got an invite to the Finals which will be held in Kaprun in April. After this comp, I went back to Laax for a few days riding with Ben Kinnear (GB Park & Pipe Performance Pathway coach) and then I had Christmas and New Year there with my mum and dad and friends.
The Olympics are next month. What are you most looking forward to watching? Which skier or snowboarder do you most look up to either from the UK or the rest of the world?
I am really excited about the Olympics, I was only 7 for the 2014 Olympics so I really can’t remember watching it. This time I will be in Laax and can’t wait to see Slopestyle and Halfpipe. Anna Gasser is incredible and I cant wait to see how Katie O does: she was riding in Laax over the New Year and was looking really good. It will be really interesting to watch the whole show of the Olympics and see how team GB does.
You are spending a lot of this winter in Laax which I guess means you are learning some new tricks? We were wondering how you go about learning new tricks? How do you get over the fear of trying something for the first time? Do you just take it straight to the slope or have you got some inventive ways to try and get it dialled before hitting the snow?
I concentrate on getting my tricks bigger and better with style rather than pushing too hard for more technical tricks. My dad likes me to perfect tricks before I move on and if iI loose a trick or the technique, we go back and work on this. Some days it doesn’t work out with some tricks so we do something different and come back to it the next day, that way I don’t get too cross with myself, and I always enjoy my riding which is important!
I will be spending around 6-8 weeks on snow this season. I love Laax because there are so many good riders lapping P60, the run is full of rails and jumps and it never gets boring. I am learning everyday when I’m on the mountain because I watch all the really good riders and try to copy some of their tricks. I think this is the best way to learn. I also love Laax because they have the freestyle academy for trampolining and I love to skateboard in there too.
And to finish up, between now and The Brits, what are your plans?
I am going to Livigno, Italy with my Dad and Ben Kinnear on my 11th birthday. This is for the World Rookie Tour Competition. (WRT)
I am then going to Laax for a week with GB P&P then onto Pila WRT competition in February.
In March I will fly out to Laax for a long weekend to compete in the Grom Laax Open for slopestyle and halfpipe.
The Brits will be held in Laax in the Easter holidays then we will travel around to Kaprun in our motorhome for the WRT finals the week after.
It is going to be a busy winter!
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