Thursday, June 21, 2007

What I'm up to now......

If you'd like to see what I've been up to since I retired from skeleton, check out this blog....

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


I am home! And thank goodness for that! It has been the longest and most stressful season by far and I feel completely drained. It is time for me to do some R & R and get healthy again. I am staying at home on the farm with Mum and Dad (poor them, having their 25 year old daughter move back in with them!) and two of my brothers are home at the moment as well.

I have received a Prime Ministers scholarship this year and so am intending to go back to University (extramural through Massey) and start a Business Studies degree majoring in Sport Management & Coaching, and Human Resource Management. Sounds like me, doesn't it!

So, if anyone wants to get in touch with me over the next few months, you can email me on

And one last huge THANK YOU goes out to my sponsor SNOW.CO.NZ to whom I would not have been able to do this season without. Thanks guys, so much.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Leaving the village

I have been asked my the NZOC to hand my accreditation back in and leave now. I found out yesterday that I wasn't even allowed to be eating in the village! I had been as I didn't realise it, but it had not been paid for me to eat there. I don't really know where else I was supposed to eat!
I've also been asked to hand back all my NZ uniform. I ended up leaving it in Lou's room and asking her to take it back because I was a bit upset about the whole deal.
Because I had nowhere in Sestriere to stay on the night of the men's skeleton race, I had to leave early and miss their final run which was gutting as I'd have loved to watch Ben come in 10th!
Overall, it was an awesome experience being at the Olympic Games. It was just a shame that some things had to dampen the experience.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Race day!

We had to wait, what seemed like eternity, for the race. The first run started at 5.30pm so the day was filled with preparation. Most of Lou's equipment prep had been done so it was time to focus on relaxing herself for the big race.
We left for the track at about 3.30pm as we had to have Lou's sled at the track by 4.30pm.
Standing on the start line, I don't know who was more nervous, Lou or me! It was so awesome to be there.
Lou had a fantastic race for her first Olympics coming in 12th. I know she would have liked to have placed a little higher but she did so well just to get there with all the drama of this season.
Well done Olympian Lou!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

pics from Torino

Lou doing a track walk

Me at the track, being mobbed by the Olympic mascots Neve (snow) and Glitz (ice).

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Finally in the village

After my few days of messing around, I was finally allowed my accreditation and into the athletes village up in Sestriere. I had the Team Captains Meeting to go to at the track to make sure Lou was entered and we had everything completed ready for Lou to start training tomorrow. Then I moved into the tiny athletes quarters with Lou. It wasn't that bad actually, each room had it's own little bathroom and we are so used to living like that during the World Cup that it was pretty normal really.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Just spoke to Lou

I have just spoken to Lou. She is up in the Olympic Village in Sestriere. She has no access to internet there so if she hasn't replied to you, it's not because she doesn't want to :)

There seems to be some confusion on where, when and how things are supposed to operate for things such as the opening ceremony, team captains meetings, training times.

There is only one New Zealand car for all the athletes up in the Sestriere Village which means Lou has to catch the local transport.

She said it's crazy up there. The security is so tight it takes at least 30mins just to get out of the village.

She said that upon her arrival to the New Zealand House, all the support crew did a Haka for her. She said it was just awesome!

She is looking forward to my arrival on the 12th so we can work together to clinch one of those medals!