is Lee's summer in a nutshell. And I'm completely jealous. He
has just returned to Worcester after competing in the Australian
Continental Cup circuit for Freestyle skiing. It is a prestigious
event down under with many international athletes participating
in preparation for the forthcoming Olympics. Such as his training
partner, Adrian Costa, Australia's number 1 mogul skier, who knows
too well that results will be used for national team selection.
in awe as he describes the course: 225 m of huge moguls on a 30
degree slope with two big jumps included. He smiles as he remembers
waiting at the starting gate for his first ever run. 'The adrenaline
rush was incredible' he says. 'It made Red Bull seem like a sedative!'
far cry from years ago, snowploughing down the slopes of Austria
on his first ski trip with his school, Bishop Perowne. He reminisces
back to 1989 and the teachers forever singing what became the
tour anthem, Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust' in response
to the group spending more time with their heads buried in the
snow than gliding across the top of it.
was through Ski Astons that Lee pursued his devotion for the sport.
The company are specialists in school skiing tours and run a trainee
ski instructor sheme for sixth formers and teachers alike.
were of great help to me' recounts Lee. 'I had the opportunity
to develop my coaching skills before gaining my Ski Tutor/Guide
qualification, which was partly subsidised by the company as well.
I worked as an instructor for them during my University holiday,
and made life long friendships in the process'
gaining his degree he packed his bags and spent two seasons working
in Austria's Scheffau Ski School. His pursuit of excellence led
him on to Whistler, Canada, the mountain playground for some of
the world's best. Here he was awarded Rookie of the Year by the
ski school in which he worked and consequently received sponsorship
to return for anther season.
by the words of his childhood hero, Extreme Skiing guru Glen Plake,
Lee turned his attention to the freestyle discipline, the Mogul
field. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of former Canadian racer
Bob Callidine, and American Extreme professional Chris Lennon,
Lee raised his skiing to competition level. As a member of freestyle
team 'Dingo Mogiul' Lee now plans to head for Zermatt as part
of his training for the European mogul circuit. His sights are
set on securing a place in the British Freestyle Team. We wish
him all the best!