Feasey eyes Olympics

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING - STU PIDDINGTON

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.

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