IPEP’s Lauren Mawn supporting No 1 ranked Super G skier Zac Pierce

Over the last year Zac Pierce has been receiving sport psychology support from IPEP’s Lauren Mawn. Zac, a member of the Great Britain Children’s Alpine ski team, has been working closely with Lauren towards achieving his goals and enters the 2012 season ranked no 2. British Super G skier. 2012 sees Zac’s third season with the GB team and during this time he has represented his country at International level in the Czech Republic, Andorra and at the “Trofeo Toppolino” in Italy, the children’s world championships. Zac’s dad said “Working with Lauren at IPEP has made a big difference to Zac. Not only have his performances improved but he appears much more confident and composed both in training and, especially, on race days”.

Zac holds both UK and French race licenses and 2012 will see him based in France and representing his respective clubs, Abundance and Dragons in French and British National races. Zac plans to continue to work closely with the institute while competing and training in France in an effort to achieve his targets. Zac’s targets for the future include securing a place on the British Junior team and eventually represent his country at senior International level on the Europa and World Cup Circuits, and, at the Winter Olympic Games. Zac says, “I have learnt lots working with Lauren. What we have done has helped me to prepare for my races, to stay relaxed and to make sure I do my best when I am in the course. It has also been great fun, I am happier with myself from last season, skiing well and I have been selected for the GB team!”

 Zac’s achievements have created considerable interest with the media both at home and in France. He has featured regularly in articles in the local press and in several articles in the French Alps where he lives and trains in the winter. Zac was also presented with the ‘Conwy Young Sports Person of the Year Award’ this year from Rugby League star Joe Lydon.

Publication date: 3 November 2011