A Navy skier who suffered a brain bleed in a horrific accident at last year’s Inter Services Snow Championships has vowed to be back in time for the 2020 competition.
Leading Naval Nurse Laura Martin was competing in the Alpine Downhill when she swerved off the course into barriers.
The crash resulted in an air ambulance being used at the championships for the first time in ten years.
When reaching the hospital, it was found that Laura had suffered a bleed to the brain after being unconscious for a prolonged period of time.
For the 2019 event, she returned to Meribel for the first time since the injury and still can’t remember how it happened.
She said: "I had nine days of memory loss post-crash and I don’t know what I remember from before. It’s quite frightening because you have no idea what was going through your mind at the time.
“Because we obviously did the run four times prior to the actual race, I don’t know what I remember or remember seeing it on the videos.
“It’s quite scary but it’s also quite good for me because I’ve got no memory of it."
Despite the ordeal, Laura still manages to look back on the day with a jovial attitude.
"I’d knocked about six seconds off my personal best time so I was really happy with my result. It was just unfortunate that I couldn’t celebrate at the bottom," she says.
The skier is looking ahead though. While she can only watch at this year’s event, she aims to be back on the slopes of Meribel in 2020.
She said: “I had ACL reconstruction and meniscus stitching just over four months ago. I’m not allowed to ski until probably about mid-summer time.
“It’s going to be a bit nerve-wracking going back on skis for sure but hopefully, it’ll just come back to me and the excitement will be there.
“I’ve been skiing since the age of nine. I’ve been racing for the past five years. It’s not something that is going to leave my blood any time soon.
"This time next year, I’ll be racing."