Pic: Matt Georges
24 May 2019

Vincenti finds sporting success away from skiing

Anna Vincenti has called time on her skiing career but has found instant success on the football pitch.

The former GB Park+Pipe skier has had a horrid run of injuries in recent years and has now made the decision swap her skis for football boots.

A Scottish national football representative in under-15s and under 17s, Vincenti juggled both sports before turning her full attention to freeskiing and made her Europa Cup debut as a 16-year-old in 2011. She went on to finish 10th at the Junior World Championships in 2013, and later that season scored a World Cup top 10 in New Zealand.

Vincenti recovered from a torn ACL in 2015 to finish second at a Europa Cup event in 2016 and had her sights set on PyeongChang before another knee injury at the start of the Olympic season ruled her out of the 2018 Games.

She recently made her debut for Motherwell in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and, having qualified for selection via her grandfather, Vincenti was selected this week in Malta’s national women’s football team.

"I feel a lot of different emotions now that I am retiring from competitive skiing,” said Vincenti. “Mostly excited for the new adventures ahead but being part of such an amazing team since I was 14 years old, it is sad to be parting with them and the sport.

“I have learnt so much from being a professional skier which I will now be able to take with me into every aspect of my life. I can't thank my sponsors, the Scottish Institute of Sport and everyone at GB Park+Pipe enough for all the support they have given me over the years - never giving up on me even when I was injured.

“I wish everyone on the team the best and I will be supporting from afar.”

GB Snowsport head of coaching Pat Sharples paid tribute to Vincenti who had trained in the GB Park+Pipe programme for almost a decade.

“Anna has been one of the longest-serving team members on the GB Park+Pipe team and competed at the highest level in slopestyle, big air and halfpipe,” he said. “Although she's been incredibly unlucky with injuries over the last few years, she's had great success and achieved some very credible results including top 10s at World Cup and Europa cup podiums.

“I knew Anna would be successful in anything she put her focus into outside of skiing and so it is no surprise to see her already excelling in the football world. We wish her all the best.”

Vincenti becomes the latest long-serving member of GB Park+Pipe to rule a line under their competitive careers after halfpipe skiers Pete Speight and Murray Buchan retired earlier this year.


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