By the time I turned 5 this had changed and I loved going away skiing and being in ski lessons with other children much older. When I was 7 I was entered into a ski race at the end of a week in ski school in Cortina, Italy pictured below. Although this was more of a recreational skier's race, I won my age group and placed highly amongst a large number of participants. Shortly after this I joined my local race club, Bromley Race Club. A huge number of coaches and parents helped progress in the very early years of my career but most notably from the first day was Raymond Brown who had coached to a high level for a number of years before taking a step back from full time coaching to just Bromley Race Club on a Saturday afternoon.
A few years later I went on my first race camp on snow with the British Ski Academy, age 11. Unfortunately shortly after my 12th birthday my father passed away from an unexpected heart attack. The following years were difficult for my family and myself. Unclear on my path ahead at such a young age I continued competing on the dry slope circuit and went on yearly ski holidays with family and friends. Age 15, I took part in my first British snow race in Les Houches, France, which was daunting considering the small amount of training and skiing abroad I had done in comparison to peers. I managed to get a number of solid results, which were purely as a result of the weekly dry slope training and freeskiing with family.