OLIVIA PARKER

For the majority of my life I competed in Alpine ski racing at international level, with slalom being by strongest discipline.

Skiing is my greatest passion and continues to be, despite hanging up my race boots (so to speak) 2 years ago. My parents, keen skiers themselves, met grass skiing and from the minute I could walk I was strapped onto a pair of skis, following in the footsteps of my two older sisters. I was brought up skiing regularly in Europe and practiced weekly at Sheffield Ski Village as a member of Sharks Ski Club through my childhood.

Aged 8 I began race training on artificial dry slope and by 10, I was competing on snow. For years I travelled around Britain at weekends competing in dry slope races and at indoor snow zones. Naturally my dry slope racing subsided as I focused on the real stuff. Instead I took every opportunity to travel to the Alps and compete in international FIS races, training and racing approximately 3 months a year, mainly within Europe but in America and New Zealand also.

“love my megmeister base layer for keeping me warm!”

In 2010/11 I took a year between school and University to focus on my ski racing, at which time I was training with my awesome coach Fred Pellerin, but ultimately I knew that I wanted to pursue my education. As a career best I managed to score 87 FIS points in slalom, which I’m incredibly proud of, whilst my GS points never reach sub 100. My greatest achievements include being the British Schools Female Champion in 2009, representing England at the World Schools Ski Championships (ISF) in 2008 & 2010 and finishing my international career as the English Alpine U21 Slalom and Giant Slalom Champion (2013).

I chose to study at Newcastle University as it was deemed the best in the UK for Ski racing at that time. In my first year I was a Newcastle University ‘Santander’ Sports Scholar and Elite Athlete, representing the 1st team at all University competitions. Then in my final year I was elected as the President of Newcastle University Ski and Snowboard Club (NUSSC) having been the Race Captain in my second year. My greatest achievement as President was that under my leadership NUSSC membership doubled to over 1000 members, forming the largest club in the history of Newcastle University (plus we won a few medals along the way!)

While my racing has come to an end, I continue to absolutely love the sport, love the mountains and love my megmeister base layer for keeping me warm!