Edinburgh snowboard cross rider Kyle Wise clinched the Trespass British Championships to end his season on a high note.
The 24-year-old Heriot-Watt University graduate encountered a crushing blow at the turn of the year when he suffered a perforated appendix in the midst of trying to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi and was subsequently advised to rest on doctors’ advice.
Rest he did, but Wise wasn’t content to ponder over a season tinged by disappointment and, to his credit, recovered to secure gold in the recent national championships in Tignes, France.
He said: “In the final I was up against my biggest rivals. I just feel I wanted it more, though. My season has been so tough with financial setbacks and my appendix bursting which put me out of competition for two months. I really wanted a good result to turn the season into a positive one.
“It was nice to be finally known as the British champion after all the hard work.”
Wise intends to use the disappointment of not making this year’s Winter games to good effect by embarking on a four-year plan that he hopes will cement his place at he 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
He added: “I will be doing regular training throughout Europe in the autumn in preparation for the winter. I’m putting together a four-year plan to the next Winter Olympics and I want to do everything I can to make sure I get there. The hard work starts now.”