Britteny Cox

8338216-3x2-700x467(Class of 2012)
Mogul World Champion

Tell us a bit about your me at Scots and life as a Boarder.

I began boarding at Scots in Year 7. My brother, Hamish, who is four years older than me, was also a Boarder at Scots and was there to look out for me. While we only lived an hour away in the Kiewa Valley town of Mt Beauty, the bus ride was about an hour and a half each way, so our parents gave us the op on of Weekly Boarding. This meant we could engage in sport a after school and it also le more me to study. Life as a Boarder was a fun experience and it was great to become friends with students from many different rural towns. Living away from home in Year 7 seemed a bit scary, but The Boarding Community at Scots was welcoming and relaxed and it was an easy transition.

What is your fondest memory of Scots?

My fondest memory of Scots is just the general sense of community that exists within The School. The environment at Scots is really down to Earth. I like that culture and I think that sense of community might be harder to come by in big metropolitan schools. I am also grateful for the support I received as an athlete at Scots. It definitely played a big part in helping me achieve my sporting goals to date.

As a student how did you balance your schoolwork with the demands of elite skiing?

My time at Scots coincided with a crucial point in my skiing career. I was trying to break my way into the National Team and had started competing in my first World Cup events. Without the support I received from Scots, I wouldn’t have been able to put the me into my training that led to my Olympic birth in Vancouver, 2010. I was always sure of my sporting aspirations, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t compromising my education. I am fortunate to have a family who were supportive of this and always told me that as long as I was putting in my full effort with school, they would support my skiing dreams.

To stay on top of school, I lived by the rule that as long as I got my work done I could train and that was all the motivation I needed to get it finished! This often meant studying more when I wasn’t away on a training camp to get ahead on what I would miss. Sometimes I would be studying on planes, in airports and even on a cable car on the commute to training on a glacier in Switzerland. I spent a 9 hour layover in Singapore studying for my HSC Biology exam, which I sat the day after I landed back in Australia.

My teachers would compile packages of school work for me to take away on training camps and were always very helpful in taking the time to help me if I had any questions or needed further explanation. The help I received from the teachers at Scots is something I have always remembered. I recognised the extra effort they made for me and I will always be grateful for that.

Once I reached Year 11, I began taking part in more and more training camps, so my family and I recognised that I needed to start thinking about a more structured plan for my HSC. I ended up completing my HSC via distance education with the School being available for class assistance and I sat my exams with the students at Scots.

What was the most important lesson or piece of advice that a teacher gave you?

My year co-ordinator, Penny Curran-Peters told our Year Group, “don’t oat with the river, take responsibility to get to where you want to be.” She then led us through some important steps to create specific, measurable and achievable targets with our school year. She invited us to take charge of our outcomes by making the most of the opportunities that were provided to us as students and committing to working hard.

What does an average day look like for you now?

A typical day on the snow begins with pre-ski warm ups to get the body primed to take on the impact of the moguls and jumping. This includes about 40 minutes of mobility and neural activation drills. Once I get suited up I head out to the mogul course wherever we may be in the world at that me. This could mean catching a gondola, cable car or chairlift. I’ll ski approximately 8 runs on the course in a training session. The focus of the day really depends but leading into the competition season we will put the pieces together in a ‘competition run package.’ Afternoons involves strength and conditioning and sometimes gymnastics training. Mogul skiing is a very diverse sport with regards to the physical capacities that need to be developed. The sport involves anaerobic fitness, speed, power, explosive strength and agility, and gym training is aimed at cultivating these skills. The day finishes with video analysis with my coaches.

We generally train on cycles of three days with the fourth day off. Days o are usually spent studying, exploring the town or city that I’m in with my teammates, or hanging out with the other international teams.

How would you describe yourself when you were at School, and what about you has changed since then?

I was pretty shy when I started at Scots. Like most students who begin their Secondary education at a new School, I was thrown into the deep end with a year group of about 80 new faces. Fortunately, I had a really fun bunch of students in my year group. As I got older, it became challenging to be away from my peers so frequently throughout the School year. But Scots is a really inclusive School, so it was nice to come back and be able to pick up where I left off.

Scots encourages personal developments in all areas, so I was well supported as an aspiring athlete. This really helped my confidence and I left the School with some great personal tools that I have applied to my life. One of the lessons I learnt as a student at Scots was to challenge my beliefs and recognise that I have the freedom to develop my own values. I no longer consider myself shy, but con dent and eager to tackle my goals.

Would you change anything about how you spent your me at Scots?

I would have taken advantage of the cultural classes that were offered as electives. I competed in Japan earlier this year and s still remembered the Japanese I had learnt in Year 7 and 8. I try to practise with the Japanese skiers on the World Cup tour but wish I had continued both French and Japanese through the HSC. The Scots language teachers were great, and I wish I had taken full advantage of that opportunity.

If you could offer one piece of advice to current students, what would it be?

Once I completed my HSC I realised that the subjects you choose in high school don’t necessarily have to correlate to the field of study you want to pursue after school. From the me I chose my HSC subjects to the me I enrolled in University I probably changed my mind on what I wanted to do about 4 times. I would encourage anyone to choose the subjects they enjoy the most and put your best e ort into doing well with those.

I would also tell students to go a after their goals with confidence, and to learn from the people around them. Don’t be afraid to do things a bit differently and remember that you are more likely to receive the support you want if you are putting in the hard work.

Do you have any other goals outside of skiing that you are working towards at the moment?

I am currently working towards a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Business Communications and Public Relations. I am doing this with Griffith University in an online course via Open Universities Australia. Studying online was an easy decision to make considering the amount of me I spend travelling and it was a smooth transition having been familiar with distance education. I would like to combine this study with the experiences and networks I gain as an athlete to explore a career in the Communications field, specifically in the areas of sport and travel.

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