TJ is a Norfolk boy born and bred. He is now 18 and is one of Great Britain’s hottest ski prospects of any age.
He started skiing when he was just 6 years old at the Norfolk Ski Club dry slope just outside Norwich.
Over the next 3 years he religiously went every saturday morning to their very successful Junior Club.
In 1999 he was eventually allowed into the NSC race team. From then until 2003 he travelled around the country competing in national and regional races proving himself very difficult to beat. During this time he won numerous races and titles including Eastern Region, British and European championships.
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TJ had his first venture onto snow in 2000 when he spent a week at the British Ski Academy in Les Houches, France; followed by a weeks family ski holiday. A few more family holidays followed until he took the full plunge into snow racing and competed at the 2002 BARSC children’s races at Lenk, Switzerland. His performances there earned him a place in the British Children’s Ski Team, He then spent the rest of the season training at the BSA, ending it by winning a silver medal for team GB in Turkey; winning the English Alpine championships in Slalom and Giant Slalom and coming 3rd in the Super G; then being runner up in the the British championships in the GS and 4th in the Super G.
Over the next 3 seasons he became one of the most successful children’s skiers in GB winning a further 22 British, English and Inter Schools championships. He also won a number of silver and bronze medals at these and the BARSC championships.
In 2003 he was voted the BBC Radio Norfolk sports personality of the year. This put him in the BBC Look East sports personality final against Paula Radcliffe, Ben Cohen & Jamie Gibson, all World champions. He was also in the final 10 of the BBC young sports personality of the year.
He kept his place on the BCST for 4 years running gaining a number of top 10 results. He was also selected for the most important children’s race “Topolino” in both 2004 & 2005.
His children’s racing career ended on a high note by doing the clean sweep at the British Children’s championships in 2005. He won the Slalom, GS, Super G and Overall combined. This had only ever been done twice before, the last time in 1998. His last race for the BCST was at “La Scarafiotti” in France where he finished 9th in the Slalom, the highest position by a GB skier for many years.
In 2005 he was put on the TASS 2012 programme, one of only 4 skiers on the progamme. Due to a massive cut in funding to skiing he was not on this programme for 2006.
First year of FIS
His first year of FIS racing saw him set new records. He won all 3 British Junior titles (Slalom, GS, Super G) the first time this had been done by a 1st year J1 racer. He also scored the lowest ever FIS points by a 1st year junior in any event with 61.02 in the British Junior GS. In Super G he was the first GB male to ever score below 100 FIS points at his age with a 95.61, he ended the season with the lowest ever Super G points by a 1st year junior racer.
He was again selected for the British Youth Team and the England Alpine Team, and was part of the GB Home Nations Team for the 2006/07 season.
Despite all this time away, TJ went on to achieve some very respectable GCSE results, gaining 1 x A, 4 x B & 3 x C grades.
His 2nd year of FIS racing was a very mixed affair with very difficult racing conditions across Europe.
He comfortably won the GB selection time trials for the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival & represented team GB at the event in Feb 2007. In March he scored 2 results in Super G & GS that were below GB team selection criteria. TJ ended the season with a bang by winning 3 more British titles, all in Super G. He was also 1st Junior 1 in both the Senior & Junior Downhill’s, and was 2nd in both the Jun 1 Slalom & the Overall Combined Junior standings. He scored excellent FIS points in all these events which meant he met the GB team selection criteria in Downhill, Super G & GS. He was duly selected to the team on a full-time basis for the 2007/8 season. His selection also meant that he was put back onto the TASS 2012 funding.
Our 2007 year
In the first races of the 2007/8 season during September in Chile he scored some extremely low FIS points in 2 South American Cup Super G’s. These points ranked him No.10 in the world in Super G for age 17 and under; and No.72 in the World Junior rankings (U21). Later during the Euroean season he scored some more good results which gradually lowered his FIS points in the other disciplines. The season cumulated in a clean sweep of victories where he took all 6 of the U18 titles at the British Senior champs, a feat never achieved before. He also won the Overall junior (U21) Super G title for the 2nd year running and was 3rd in both the Senior Super G & Slalom. His FIS points in both Super G & Downhill ranked him in the top 15 in the world for age 18. They also ranked him at No1 in Super G & GS, No 2 in Downhill & Super Combined & No 3 in Slalom for British Juniors. He was again selected for the full time British FIS team by meeting the criteria all 4 disciplines.
During the summer TJ achieved another milestone by passing his driving test at his first attempt!
In October 2008 he was giving a Rising Star prize and awarded the maximum grant of £5000 a year for the next 4 years by the Norfolk Sports & Cultural Foundation. In the same month he was also runner-up in the Eastern daily Press Young Sportsperson of the Year award.
The 2008/9 season started off well with TJ competing in his first ever Europa Cup Super G where he scored a respectable 58 FIS points. However an injury to his right knee caused during training and requiring keyhole surgery put him out of racing for 7 weeks. On his return in February he scored some excellent results which lowered his FIS points in both Slalom, GS & Super Combined ranked him at No 1 in the GB Juniors. In March he competed at the World Junior Champs and recorded teh best ever placing by a British male in the Super G with a 24th place. The season was rounded of with another successful British champs, where he won 4 out of 5 of the Junior (U21) championships (Downhill, Super G, Slalom & Overall combined) He was also 2nd in the GS after falling on the first run. These reults and others throughout the season maintained his World rankings and put him at No1 in all events in the British Junior rankings for the 2009/10 season.