Zoe Gillings-Brier secures Top ten at World Championships in Spain following birth of baby Léa and loss of funding.

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Zoe Gillings-Brier recorded her best result of the season at the World Championships yesterday with a top ten finish at the Sierra Nevada World Championships snowboard cross competition in Spain.

Gillings-Brier qualified in an impressive 11th place on Saturday and as it was the cut down format it meant Zoe progressed straight through into the finals without having to do a second qualification run. Zoe competed in the finals where she progressed through her first heat convincingly but didn’t make it through her second heat.  In the small final Zoe placed 3rd place giving her an overall finish position of 9th.

Since losing her funding after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Zoe has been 100% self funded and has been doing everything she can to try and stay in contact with the worlds best athletes.  Zoe commented after the race:-

“I’m over the moon with today’s result… Over the last 3 years I have trained and competed on a skeleton schedule – its been hard seeing all the other athletes training and competing at 100% but Ive done the best I can in the circumstances.  I also took time out to have baby Léa and now I’m back 100%.  Knowing that I qualified 11th fastest in the World on Saturday and followed that up with a finish of 9th place overall yesterday – I know I’m still at the top of the sport and all I need to make the difference is some solid funding ahead of the Olympics next year…

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to my team:- my husband and James Foster taking care of my performance plan and coaching, Professor Graeme Close nutrition, Professor Dave Colins sports psychology, John Noonan Strength and conditioning and Steve Humphries Physiotherapy; and of course my personal sponsors without whom I simply wouldn’t be able to do what I do.”
Zoe’s team mate Maisie Potter qualified in an impressive 18th place and finished overall in 14th yesterday – a truly impressive result for Maisie’s first World Championships competition.