Zoe Gillings comes 3rd in Arosa

Sun 27 March 11

Britains Zoe Gillings re-affirmed herself as one of the best snowboard cross athletes in the World when she finished on the podium in 3rd place at the World Cup Snowboard cross finals in Arosa, Switzerland.

Zoe Gillings comes 3rd in Arosa

Zoe Gillings comes 3rd in Arosa ©

Zoe progressed through the qualifiers and first race into heat no two where she was up against World No 1 Lindsey Jacobellis and Olympic silver medallist Deborah Antonioz to name a few. Zoe came out of the gate in second place where she remained for the race effectively knocking out both Jacobellis and Anthonioz from the competition. Zoe then went into the final race where she finished on the podium in 3rd position.

Zoe has had a turbulent 24 months due primarily to funding but also injury as she has spent only a handful of days actually training on snow.

Zoe Gillings 3rd place at the World Cup Snowboard cross finals in Arosa 2011
Zoe Gillings 3rd place at the World Cup Snowboard cross finals in Arosa 2011

Zoe commented after the race, “This season I only received my funding in February 2011 (5 months late), I’ve done virtually no training at all in the last 12 months yet out of the 3 World Cup competitions I’ve been able to enter this season, I finished 7th at the World Championships in Spain and today on the podium in 3rd place in Switzerland. I withdrew from the WC heats last week before the race had started following an injury in training.”

Zoe also recorded two wins at the Federation International de Ski (FIS) Snowboard cross competitions in Italy in February.

Zoe now faces an uncertain future as UK Sport have withdrawn all her World Class funding but in the last two months in response Zoe has turned entrepreneur and set up several businesses in an effort to fill the funding gap.

Zoe commented, “In the last couple of weeks I’ve just launched ZGLateHolidaysChatel.com and ZGElectronics.com which are part of ZGBusiness.com. I hope todays result convinces UK Sport to fund me but in any case I really want to locate a successful business entrepreneur who can mentor me as I turn entrepreneur myself.”

For more information visit www.zgbusiness.com/

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