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World National Speed Ski Championships gold medal for returning Lucy Robinson

Burwell’s Lucy Robinson entered the recent World National Speed Ski Championships with very little in the way of expectation, yet she returned from the event in France with a gold medal.

The former Bottisham Village College pupil, 30, took up water skiing at the age of 15 but stopped three years ago following the birth of her daughter.

A member of the Hunstanton Ski Club, Robinson restarted training earlier this year and entered into the inaugural Formula 3 demonstration event during the Championships in Vichy as a way of easing herself back into competitive action.

Lucy Robinson (18097060)
Lucy Robinson (18097060)

However, she surpassed her own hopes, being the only competitor in her field to remain upright as she clinched the top prize in the Ladies Open Class for Team GB.

“I just went to have fun and I was not expecting too much from myself,” said Robinson, whose husband Harvey was part of the British team that finished sixth in the Formula 1 event.

“I had really missed it and was ready to go back and get involved in competitions, but it is a high adrenaline sport and quite dangerous.

“In Formula 1 you can reach speeds of 100mph – if you hit the water it is going to really hurt. That is why I went in to the entry level event to see how I would get on after some time away.

“It was tough conditions and everyone was skiing the same course at the same time. It was a small course and it chopped up, but thankfully I managed to stay up the whole time.

“The others fell and lost a lot of time which is why I was able to win. I was so surprised I managed to win because I had not done too much training.”

Robinson will now prepare for the European Championships, which take place in Belgium next year.