I was born on March 5th 1996 and I took to the nursery slops of Obergurgl in Austria, for the first time, at Christmas/New Year 1998/9.

For the next 10 years, during the Christmas, February half term and Easter holidays, I skied all over Europe and North America with my family. Finally, in 2008, I decided I wanted to race and I joined a race training group coached by Steve McLoughlin at the Snowdome in Tamworth. Within 6 months I had become Yorkshire, Scottish and British Indoor Champion and then crowned that off by becoming European Indoor Champion in October of that year.

At the beginning of 2009, and at the grand old age of 13 I started to take outdoor training seriously and I joined the British Ski Academy based in Les Houches, France. By April 2009 I had fulfilled my goal at that time, of being selected for the British Children's Ski Team. I was really pleased - it was positive confirmation of my progression. It gave me the incentive to continue improving by being part of the British National team; which instilled in me a professional approach to the sport, making me a truly competitive ski racer.

In 2010 I represented Great Britain in Val d'Isere and also at the famous Pokal Loka races in Slovenia. I also competed in an International race in New Zealand where I came second, behind the New Zealand girls' Champion - on her home hill! Whilst I was in New Zealand I also had the invaluable experience of forerunning 4 FIS slalom races (2 women's and 2 men's) nearly a year in advance of my FIS debut.

In April 2010 I was delighted to be selected, for the second year in succession, for the British Children's Ski Team and, in August, travelled with the team to Saas Fee for training on the glacier. In Spring/Summer 2010 I became Snow Sport England's English Indoor Champion and British Indoor Champion and topped that off in September by finishing the indoor season as European Indoor Champion as well.

In February 2011 I represented Great Britain in Andorra and I was very proud to have achieved my goal for that season which was to be selected to ski for Great Britain, as their number-1-ranked slalom skier, at the world-famous TopoIino races in Italy in March 2011 which is regarded as the children's world championships (previous winners have included Lyndsey Vonn and Michaela Schiffrin). Another highlight of the season was to finish as the 1st British racer in Slalom at the English Championships in Bormio. I was also very pleased, in March, to be given a Sportsaid award (sponsored by Eversheds) - previous recipients of Sportsaid awards include Sir Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington. In April 2011. I raced in my last Children's events and competed in my last race for Great Britain.

Having chosen to join my sister and represent Ireland, my FIS racing in the 2011/2012 season started in New Zealand and Australia in August 2011. Racing in Treblecone, Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Thredbo and Mount Hutt, I had 8 top 15 finishes and earned my first FIS points in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. I was thrilled and very honoured to have been selected to represent Ireland at the first ever World Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria in January 2012. I was the only athlete of either gender representing Ireland, in any winter sport, at these Games which made my selection even more special. My slalom result was the best ever result for Ireland in Alpine Skiing at any Olympic Games. I enjoyed the experience and hope that it will be a good grounding for me in future important events.

Following the Youth Olympics, I joined up with other girls from my school to compete in the British Schoolgirls' races. We were really excited to win the GS competition and a podium position in the Slalom. I was also really pleased to, individually, get 3rd place in GS and Slalom and 2nd position in Jnr 1 Combined.

For me, the 2011/2012 season finished in Japan where I got my best slalom results so far - 84.09 points.

I had a great time in New Zealand for the start of the 2012/2013 season where I did my first (and last) bungy jump off the Kawarau bridge in Queenstown - it was terrifying!

I was delighted to be selected to participate in the FIS Development Camp for the 2012/2013 season; a fully-funded training camp based in Italy with the financial and organisational backing of the International Skiing Federation.

My sister and I, together with Miriam Korsgen (another of the pupils at our school) were very successful at the 2013 British Schoolgirls' races where we retained the GS title and won the Overall School's trophy as well as the Overall Team trophy. Individually, I was thrilled to win the Overall trophy for my age category as well as the Overall trophy (for all ages).

The highlight of the 2012/2013 season was definitely representing Ireland at the European Youth Olympics in Romania. Although nowhere near as large an event as the Youth Olympics in Innsbruck in 2012, it was very special and I was proud to have been selected.

I am really pleased to end this season with a fantastic 63 GS points (down from 154) and 73 Slalom points (down from 109) - the best points out of all Irish Alpine racers!

I spent the summer of 2013 in New Zealand again, following this up with more training in Pitztal in the autumn and in December.  At the end of December I travelled out to Japan to race up to the very last day on which I could score Olympic points, in the hope of gaining selection for the one available place to represent Ireland at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.  I was really happy with my races; I scored consistently in the 60s in GS and, by January 19th, I had the best Olympic points out of those available for selection.  

On January 22nd 2014, as I was checking in for my return flight from Tokyo, I learned that I had been chosen to represent Ireland at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.  I was so excited.

Walking into the Olympic stadium on February 7th 2014 was one of those heart-stopping moments that I know I will remember for the rest of my life.  The whole Olympic experience was surreal and beyond my expectations.  I spent the next couple of months concentrating on my A level studies; returning to the snow at Easter, when I raced in Japan.

I have ended the season with 66.31 GS points and 70.18 Slalom points, which leaves me as the number 1 GS ski racer in Ireland,

For me, the 2014/2015 season began with training in Hintertux, in Austria in July 2014. It wasn't easy to get any races in because the poor start to the season (snow-wise) in Europe meant cancellations all over. My immediate ambition, for this season, was to compete at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado in February and I was delighted to be selected and that my sister was on the team alongside me - it was the first time we have ever competed for Ireland at the same major event.

Following the World Championships I have concentrated on my A levels, whilst keeping on top of my fitness.  I have also been chosen to be an Ambassador for Snowcamp which is a UK-based charity aiming to bring the thrill of winter sports to disadvantaged young people.

I was thrilled with my A level results and I am now looking forward to taking-up my place to read Law at the University of Birmingham in September.  More juggling of skiing and studying coming up!