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Zoe Gillings finishes seventh in World Championships

Zoe Gillings
Zoe Gillings hopes she can afford to compete in World Cup events

Briton Zoe Gillings made a plea for funding after she overcame a serious knee injury with an impressive performance in Spain.

Gillings came seventh in snowboard cross at the World Snowboard Championships in La Molina.

It was her first world class race since being injured at last year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Gillings, who is set to have her UK Sport funding ended, said: "I don't know what I have to do to get funding.

"I've had virtually no training this season but came seventh in the world."

She had warmed up for the Championships with races in France, finishing on the podium against tough opposition.

The World Championships' race was won by American Lindsey Jacobellis, with Nelly Moenne Loccoz of France second and Canadian Dominique Maltais third.

Gillings finished eighth in the Winter Olympics at Vancouver, where she sustained her injury and had to undergo knee surgery.

The Isle of Man athlete, hopes her show in Spain will lead to UK Sport changing its minds about stopping her funding for next year.

However, the 25-year-old is owed money for this season and will only get the chance to compete at the remaining World Cup events in Canada and South Korea if this is resolved.

606: DEBATE

"I'm still waiting for some of the money I'm owed and, although I hope to go to the World Cups, I won't be able to unless it arrives. I will go back to France to train then wait and see what happens," she said.

Dave Edwards, chief executive of the sport's governing body British Ski and Snowboard, added: "Zoe's result in La Molina was a fantastic achievement.

"Her injury in Vancouver and lack of funds have severely impaired her preparation for this event. Despite these set-backs, Zoe has been able to finish seventh in a very strong field.

"We would love to see what she could achieve with the appropriate support."



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