As Sochi 2014 drew to a close, for the Vale’s own future Winter Olympics gold medal hope things are just getting started.
Fifteen year old snowboarder and Under 16 English Slope Style Champion 2014, Becky Menday has been forced to sit out the current snowboarding season.
The Waddesdon CofE School pupil was training as an ‘Elite Junior’ with the National Park and Pipe Academy, formally known as the GB Freestyle Team, just before Christmas in Scotland when she had a nasty fall off the large kicker (jump) and fractured her right elbow.
The injury put her out of action until last week, but fully recovered she is now back on her board at Snozone Milton Keynes and training hard to compete at the Junior World Championships in 2015.
Becky said: “I was very disappointed to miss out on most of this season’s competitions due to injury, but I have taken the time to heal properly.
“I am so stoked about the great results by Jenny Jones and her bronze medal in the slope style event in Sochi and it has made me even more excited to be back on my board.
“I really hope that the current public and media interest in snowboard slope style will lead to more funding for the team and consequently more amazing results.”
Becky has further training with the National Park and Pipe Academy to look forward to in Mayrhofen, Austria, in Easter and her first ever event up in the Scottish mountains in April.
Becky can be seen training hard every Thursday and Friday at Snozone Milton Keynes. Anyone who has been inspired by the Winter Games in Sochi is being urged to go along and give the sport a try.