Team GB Halfpipe Skier
1. What was your school like?
I went to two high schools; the first I was there for 2 years (year 7-8) and that one was a unisex school. That school was in my hometown and I liked it there. I moved from there to a single sex school in Sandbach, which is a 15 minute drive away, because it was a Sports college and we thought it would suit me better as they’d be able to support me when I travel for competitions. Both schools were really nice and had a friendly atmosphere.
2. What is your favourite memory from school?
I think probably the summer days, where we’d eat lunch outside and the ice cream man would come and park on the field. Also I think the last day of high school was pretty memorable, where the whole year dressed up in a cowboys and indians theme. We brought water guns and horns and everything in that day.
3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?
My school were very understanding of me having time off the compete and train, so when I got home they’d always help me catch up and rearrange exams if I was going to miss it. They’d also email the work out to me so I wouldn’t be too behind. Because it was a sports college all the way through from year 9 to 11 we very involved in different sports, which I think helped keep me fit and competitive. Also when I did well in comps they always promoted me around the school and in the school magazines.
4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?
I wasn’t bullied, but moving to a girl’s school was hard. Being the new girl wasn’t easy and I had to start a fresh and make new friends. Girls are always going to be a little bitchy (especially being new) but I just brushed it off as they don’t know me and focused on making friends with nice, positive people (that I’m still really close friends with now).
5. What was your favourite school subject?
My favourite was art, as I was good at it and I love being creative.
6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays?
Because of skiing I didn’t get to see my friends that much over the summer because of traveling, so I was excited to see them. I was always excited about started a fresh and making a plan to keep all my work really neat and tidy and to get organized… that normally didn’t last 2 weeks! I would say be excited to learn new things and make new friends, and if you’re starting new subjects be excited for that.
7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?
I would worry about the people and how to be around them all again, even some of my friends because I wouldn’t have seen them much, if at all over the summer. Normally once I got over the first day every things fine, and back the normal.
8. What was your favourite school meal?
That’s a hard one… probably the chicken burgers or the pasta. They had good pasta.
9. If you had to do school again what would you change?
I’d put way more effort into revision and learning. I used to think it dragged and was lazy with it, but once you’ve finished you realize how it has flown by and the pain of revision is only temporary and such a short period of time that its worth it to get the results you want!!
10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?
I’d say just keep being yourself, surround yourself with positive people that make you happy. Also don’t give the bully a reaction (that’s what the want) just brush it of smiling and walk away. Also tell someone about it; don’t keep it bottled up, which could make it worse.
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