GUEST BLOG: British ski-cross hope Sarah Sauvey
IT just simply doesn't make any sense to me.............
CROSS SKIER: Sarah Sauvey hits out at Olympic criteria (Getty Images)
I can't understand how it can work out that the powers that be will not give Emily Sarsfield and I any backing or any support to try to ski in the ski cross at the Vancouver Olympics.
This year I have been supporting myself and travelling to all the World Cup events to make sure I meet the International Olympic Committee standards that they require to make the Olympic qualifying standard.
At the next World Cup event in Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway if I ski well I should make the IOC standards to qualify for Vancouver 2010.
But we have been told that the British Olympic Association is then going to impose their own standards which are probably going to be virtually impossible.
It's absolutely incredible that someone who has never even seen our event and doesn't bother to come out to see us compete can then set us goals.
They've never seen it and they don't understand it.
You wouldn't set diving criteria without seeing what it is like.
If they stuck to the IOC criteria I would be almost qualified by now but as it is I've got a huge, huge task to get to Vancouver.
While we are really hopeful of achieving the qualification, it looks like they are going to set either a top 15 or top 20 finish at the World Championships in Japan in March.
That's going to be incredibly difficult.
I have just come back from competing at a World Cup event at Cypress Mountain in Canada which is where the Olympics is going to be held which was fantastic.
Seeing the mountain and the course makes it all the more disappointing that the qualifying target we have been set is so incredible.
Emily and I get absolutely no funding from Snowsports GB - I have two jobs in the summer back in Australia.
One part-time job at a hospital, a second working as a personal assistant while I am also studying Business Marketing at Swinburne University.
As you can imagine it's pretty difficult to fund all the trips I make. This year I have already competed in Canada, America, France (twice) and Austria.
In past years I have only competed in the European events because I base myself here in the winter, but to try and get myself to Vancouver I've been all over the world.
I've another expensive trip to come to Norway and Sweden (World Cup events) and then the World Championships in Japan.
It's a good life and I am not complaining but it is just so disappointing that we don't get funding.
I could understand it if we were in a non-Olympic discipline but ski cross is, so we really should get a bit more backing both money-wise and in regards to the setting of the Olympic qualifying standards.