Meet the Athletes – Natalia Harte and Giulia Harte

What we do – We are alpine skiers from Scotland, doing all the disciplines; Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill. We race for Great Britain in International events all over Europe during the winter season and spend the summer season in the gym doing dry land training and preparing for the winter.

Who inspires me – Natalia: I’m not inspired by one person in particular and no one really inspired me to start this sport but I become inspired by all the athletes that go through a lot of bad times but fight to be where they are and never give up on what they believe in. I also become inspired by athletes that have good sportsmanship; even though they want to win they still want their team mates to do the best they can. This is something you don’t see a lot of these days. I have always loved skiing since an early age but it was my primary school head teacher that kicked started my competitive career by asking me to join the school race team and since then I have been hooked.

Giulia: – It all began when I saw my older sister race on dry slope for her primary school when I was only aged 4, I automatically wanted to be part of the primary race team, so you could say my sister originally inspired me. Throughout my racing career seeing many professional athletes overcome any injury small or big has inspired me in so many ways, especially when I tore my ACL in my knee 2 years after my sister had the same injury, it made me realise you can overcome anything you want if you set your mind on the task, which made me work that much harder to come back mentally and physically stronger.

Where we train – In summer we spend our time in Life Style Fitness in Canterbury using their gym equipment and athletics track, we also spend a few weeks in Tignes, France in summer and October for our technical ski training. In winter I am based in Pila, Italy for the 4 months of the winter season.

Favourite bits –Natalia: racing, training I love the rewards training and racing gives you every day. Being in the mountains and the scenery is amazing. The bond you create with your coach and team mates. The friends you make.
Giulia: spending time in the mountains, meeting new people and discovering new things

Worst bits – Natalia: goggle tans! Having a dirty face when you come home can get you some wierd looks! When it’s foggy and raining it’s not so much fun..

Giulia: Races getting cancelled

Aims and aspirations – Natalia: The future is looking good for me; I came out of this season full of confidence and hope for going into next season. Next season I would like to be competing in all disciplines in the European Cup circuit, maybe start some World Cups as well depending on how the European Cup goes. I am hoping for the 2018 Olympics as well as the next World Championships in 2017.

Giulia: 2018 Olympics on the podium/ to have a career in what I love doing the most, skiing!