TGt Meets... Molly Summerhayes
Following the massively successful Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show at EventCity, TGtM caught up with Freestyle Skier Molly Summerhayes, one of the up and coming talents in the world of Skiing.
How did you become a pro skier?
I wouldn’t consider myself a pro skier just yet, but being on the GB Team is definitely getting me one step closer! I think all the hard work I am putting in is paying off and im getting closer to my goals of representing Team GB in 2018
What’s your dream ski day?
My dream ski day would be to spend the day in the park with all my friends, as this is where you progress the most! Most probably in Saas-Fee as its perfect weather most of the time, quick laps and a great park/atmosphere. I have taken loads of trips here and each one gets better!
What do you consider to be the biggest accomplishment of your career?
Being only 17, getting on the GB Team is one of the biggest highlights so far as it has opened up so many opportunities for me, but also representing Great Britain at the Junior Worlds this year for slope style even though I didn’t do so well!
What’s the scariest ski experience you’ve had so far?
I don’t really think I’ve had s scary ski experience yet, well not one in the last few years…unless you count being stuck in a gondola for 40 minutes in high wind! My worst nightmares come true!
What’s your goal over the next 12 months?
My goal for the next 12 months is to become a lot fitter and stronger, train as often as I can and start to compete in World Cups for half pipe. Getting onto the Team has provided me with better Strength & Conditioning training and it allows me to work with a physio as often as I need, which will aid me tin getting to my goal.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career skiing?
I would definitely say take some lessons at an indoor/dry ski slope to get a good grounding on the basics of skiing. Depending on which discipline you want to persue find either a race club/ freetyle night at your local slope and make sure you have fun and make friends, as this is where you will progress/learn the most! You should have a look on the GO SKI GO BOARD website for your local courses www.goskigoboard.org.uk
Training must be hard, how do you keep yourself fit?
To keep myself fit I have recently started attending a gym with help from Team GB/TASS and follow their programme design specifically for skiing and what I need to work on.
When you aren’t on the slopes, how do you spend your down time?
In my downtown I do the average teenage girl things like spending time with my friends and shopping. I also went out cycling this summer with my family, which I enjoyed, but I much rather be skiing! I try to keep up with the college work I miss while being away…and my favourite TV shows!
Who is your idol?
I’d say my idol is my sister and Woodsy, as they have (along with many others from the UK) pushed and got the sport recognised for GB and put us on the map. Being 2 of the best in the world and learning on a plastic slope in Sheffield and helping the sport to progress!
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given?
Always have fun and enjoy what you are doing! This is where you find yourself learning the most making friends!