Published: 21/03/2012 12:30 - Updated: 29/03/2012 12:02

Katy hopes to be a ski-ing Euro star!

Katy Homyer
Katy Homyer

AFTER a whirlwind European winter, a young Insh athlete is back home in Badenoch - to warm up!

Eighteen year old cross-country skier Katy Homyer: "I couldn't believe how cold it was in Turkey, of all places, for the World Nordic Junior Championships.

"It was really tough, racing at one altitude and relaxing at another. We couldn't get accommodation on site at Erzurum and were based more than a further 400 metres up in the hills, at 2,200 metres.

"Some mornings we'd wake up to temperatures of minus 25C!"

"It's great being back in the nice warm Cairngorms," she joked.

On Friday she resumed her waitressing job at Loch Insh Watersports Centre while preparing for more competitions and, ultimately, a start at Edinburgh University in September, where she will study biochemistry and biology.

She left the strath in October to take in Sweden, Austria, Italy, Germany and Turkey, with just a 10-day break at home for Christmas.

In January she claimed her fourth national title in Germany, racing for Highland Nordic and the British Nordic Development squad in the British cross-country ski championships.

"It's been fantastic. The only problem was getting sick in Turkey at the end and having to miss one event."

She will not be missing much else, however.

Already the plan is to return to competition early next month, with a trip to Finland.

"If things go well I should get my F.I.S. points score down below 200 - it's a very complicated system so I won't go into details. But the aim is simple enough.

"I want to qualify for the senior UK team and I'm feeling pretty confident."

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