I’ve recently returned from London where I attended a two week training camp on the Olympic Canoe Slalom course (Lee Valley White Water Centre, located in Hertfordshire).

The venue which was built especially for the games is amazing and is quickly becoming one of my favourite white water courses. It was a hard two weeks of paddling and the volume of water is incredibly demanding, physically and technically.

Having already qualified New Zealand’s spot at the games next year, the prospect of competing is quite high and therefore spending as much time paddling on the London course is essential.

I finished the two week camp by racing the British Open championships in Nottingham. This attracted an international field and I finished 2nd (1st U23) behind the current World Champion from Austria.

It was great to touch down in New Zealand again (it never gets old). Having spent more than four months away from home this year, training and racing and training in Europe and Australia, it is nice to settle back into the familiar kiwi culture.

The summer is almost here and I am buzzing and enjoying being back paddling on the Kaituna river, biking around Lake Rotorua and running through the Redwoods, training hard and compiling the miles in my aerobic phase.