KETTLESHULME snowboarder Ivy Taylor has vowed to swap the slopes for the studio as she plots a successful end to her competitive career at the World University Games in China.

The 23-year-old marked her Games bow with a top ten boardercross finish two years ago in Torino less than a month after finishing 36th at the World Championships in Switzerland.

Taylor’s success had seen her touted as a future Olympian, but after finishing second behind Zoe Gillings at last year’s British Championships she put her career on hold to pursue music.

And with a year to go until the Olympics get underway in Vancouver Taylor, who is currently studying for a Masters in music at Newcastle University, admitted this year could be her last.

"I am heavily involved in music and composing and that has eaten its way into my snowboarding," said Taylor, who went to Poynton High School.

"I used to have aspirations of the Olympics when I was in the British team, but I think music is something that I will take up full-time.

"I haven’t done a great deal of competing this year, but I will definitely draw on my previous experiences for help."

Taylor - part of a six-strong snowboarding team in the Far East - will join a record 113 athletes across seven sports for the biennial event in Harbin which gets underway today [Wednesday] and lasts for ten days.

And with the British Championships in Laax, Switzerland following quickly after in March, Taylor has vowed to top the home pile in the Far East.

"I know a couple of the people from last time - Laura Hill and Dan Breen were both in the snowboarding team so it will be nice to catch up with them," she added.

"With me not doing many races this year and the British Championships coming up it would be nice to get some advantage over the other guys."

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