Ski sensation from Norfolk Will Feneley is among the young English trailblazers in the freestyle discipline of Moguls - and at 16 one of the older (!) members of the UK Park and Pipe Academy.
Name: Will Feneley
Hometown: Fakenham, Norfolk
Disciplines: Freestyle (Moguls Skiing)
1) How and where did you get into snowsports?
I went to Canada when I was 6 years old. I enjoyed skiing there so attended the Norfolk Snowsport Club. I then trained with the British Ski Academy in Les Houches for 6 years through the winter seasons. During this time I tried freestyle skiing and I really enjoyed doing this so I did some of the camps such as salomon grom camps and British Freeski and then I was selected for the park and pipe home nations academy. During this time, I did some Mogul sessions and I have grown in that discipline, going to Australia to train for 9 weeks and also competing in the world juniors in Val Malenco, Italy.
2) What do you love about skiing and snowboarding?
It is nice to be able to forget about everything else and just go out out and ski. I love going out on a powder day, competing and training. Every aspect is amazing.
3) Where is the best place that skiing or snowboarding has taken you to and why?
Australia (Perisher) and America (USA, Mammoth Mountain) are the two places where I have improved most. I spent 6 weeks in Mammoth Mountain and 10 weeks in Perisher. Other places in Europe are great for training also: Tignes, France; Hintertux, Austria; Val Malenco, Italy; Laax, Switzerland.
4) What are your plans and goals for the upcoming year?
I am going to be a GO SKI GO BOARD ambassador for the first time ever which I'm excited about, so I am going to represent them throughout the upcoming year. I would like to perform well this year too, so my aim is to make finals of the World Juniors at Val Malenco, Italy (Location TBC) this year.
5) Who is your sporting hero and why?
James (Woodsy) Woods from Sheffield is my sporting hero, as he is the leading freestyle skier in the UK. It is my aspiration to do just as well and follow in his tracks.
6) Finally…what advice would you give to someone trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time?"
You might find it difficult for the first time, so when you do go make sure you wrap up warm, ski with a group of friends and enjoy the experience. You'll get better quicker when you progress with a group of people and not by yourself. Overall, have fun!
SportsAid Bio: www.sportsaid.org.uk/athletes/profile/william-feneley
Further Information on the Park and Pipe Academy: http://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/Talent/ParkAndPipe