Flight Lieutenant Page makes the BRITS Snowboard Championships
It’s not often that you see a member of your Station competing in a National Championship however, with only 14 hours’ notice, Flt Lt Page was whisked off to the snowy town of LAAX in Switzerland to compete against Army, Navy and Civilian Snowboarders in a National Championship.
The question is, where did it all begin? Flt Lt Page originally started snowboarding with some of her friends through Phase 2 training. This saw her head off to the Alpine Championships in 2009 and subsequently start riding with the RAF Snowboard Squad. Flt Lt Page said:
“Aside from keeping me fit, snowboarding has developed me as a military professional in several ways. I’m a bit of a worrier and I hate heights; I have to regularly dig deep to take on new challenges and develop. I love it though, because snowboarding has shown me I can overcome fear; I can physically and mentally push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of”.
After Alpine Championships 2017, she was selected as a Team rider and wore the Team’s new McNair jackets as she competed against the Army and Navy in the Combined Championships. She subsequently received a phone call from the Women’s Team Captain just 14 hours before her flight left for the Brits.
The Brits is a National Championship consisting of Snowboard cross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and “Big Air”, the latter involves you trying to land the biggest jump!
Walking away with Silver in the Ladies Masters Slopestyle, Bronze in the Ladies Masters Snowboard Cross and Gold in the Ladies Masters Big Air, the dedication and hard work of Flt Lt Page, and the RAF Snowboard Team as a whole, really paid off. Flt Lt Page said:
“The Brits were awesome – terrifying at times – but awesome. It was a very friendly, progressive atmosphere and I would encourage anyone to go if they get the opportunity. It felt great to achieve what I set out to do, to progress so far (for me) and to overcome the fear that went with it”.
Flt Lt Page will continue to push herself into next year’s competitions and I’m sure we’ll all see more of her around the bazaars. Taking Gold, Silver, and Bronze in a National Championship is no mean feat, and one to be proud of.