I won the New Zealand Nationals on Sunday! This is a huge relief as it was my first freestyle competition out of retirement.
I was really nervous the day before the competition and not in myself, (altho I did a great back blunt in practice) I shook off the nerves on Sunday and actually felt ok going into the prelims but completely choked! I thought I was done and was pretty disappointed. By some miracle I made it through to the finals. I figured at that stage I was lucky I even got another shot and had nothing to lose as I was already in last. So I went out there and had 3 great rides! I paddled as well as I could have and was happy with that, and at that stage it didn’t even matter if I won because I knew I did the best I could. Winning was just a bonus! So I am now focused on training for the World Cup events coming up in early June in Germany and will be representing New Zealand.
Am feeling like all the hard work in the editing suite is paying off and it will be great to focus now more on training and raising money to get to Germany.