Great Britain's best hails a young Fakenham ski cross star
PUBLISHED: 09:59 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 04 April 2016
After watching him at a training camp earlier this year, British number one Emily Sarsfield is convinced Fakenham ski cross racer Luke Feneley can be right up there challenging at this year's BRITS Championships, writes Sacha Clayton.
As a seven-time British champion herself, and a regular competitor on the elite World Cup circuit, 32-year-old Sarsfield definitely knows what it takes to mix it with the very best.
And while at just 18 years old, Feneley might lack in experience, Sarsfield believes he is not short of potential. The two got to know each other well when Sarsfield held a training camp at the French resort of Val Thorens back in January.
And with the BRITS fast approaching in the Swiss resort of Laax from April 3-10, Sarsfield believes Fakenham Academy’s Feneley – who has also competed at FIS races in Sweden and France this year – has the ability to star.
“I ran a training camp back in January with about six British boys and Sam Gerrett has got a great start and Luke Feneley has been doing some really stuff, he was doing some good turns while we were away,” she said.
“It depends on the track and what suits people’s strengths but they are definitely a couple of people to look out for. Luke is quite a young guy. He came on a training camp in the summer and then in January with me. I was really impressed with him. His brother does the moguls. Luke started in the alpine world and then saw the light and loves ski cross now.
“He’s got a really great technique for ski cross as well because he’s got a really good feel for the snow and he’s really relaxed with the way he skies.
“I think with a bit of training, he can definitely do quite well.”
With the UK’s best skiers and snowboarders descending on to Laax, this year’s BRITS is all set to be one of the biggest and best yet.
And with two years to go until the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Sarsfield believes the championships will see skiers and snowboarders continue to raise the bar.
She added: “I think with freestyle skiing and actually alpine skiing, Great Britain have really stepped it up a notch recently. Britain has come away from that whole we’re rubbish at winter sports thing and are actually really making a mark which is really cool to be a part of that generation.”
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