Feasey eyes Olympics
Twizel skier Willis Feasey’s coffers have been boosted after being awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
Feasey said the AMP scholarship would help his dream of becoming the best ski racer New Zealand has ever seen.
‘‘It is a huge help, I am always struggling to secure funding.’’
Feasey started skiing when he was two-year-old and, with his competitive nature starting to show, began racing at 10. His dream is to represent New Zealand at Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.
The 25-year-old said he has always wanted to become New Zealand’s most skillful ski racer, which in turn would help to obtain better funding for the alpine sport through his ambitious achievements.
Over the last three years he has brought his world ranking down over 250 places.
Feasey has been in the form of his life this year as he build ups to the first World Cup round Solden, Austria, on October 29.
‘‘This has been my best season by far. I have lowered my world ranking in giant slalom to 44th and I’m incredibly happy with that.
‘‘In the Olympic list my world ranking is even better, the current list isn’t out yet, but I will be about 32nd.
‘‘This list is a better indication of where I would be starting in the Olympic Games if I am selected.’’
Timaru-based Mainland Insurance and Mortgages director Shane Dowling said there were a high calibre of entries in this year’s awards.
‘‘Ultimately the winner was judged based on enthusiasm, follow through and commitment to their dream.
Feasey departs for Europe on October 15 for the start of the northern hemisphere season.