A high–flying Tideswell teenager is looking forward to a well-earned gap year as he trains to compete in freestyle skiing competitions at international level.
Liam Keyes has high hopes of qualifying for the Europa Cup and North American Cup within the freestyle moguls discipline.
And he has even managed to defer his place at University for another 12 months so that he can follow his dreams!
Having just completed his A–levels – achieving straight As in maths, chemistry and biology – Liam has been accepted onto a medicine course at the University of Sheffield.
However, he is taking a year out to concentrate on his skiing.
He said: “I am so excited at the prospect of concentrating full-time on my mogul skiing.
“It’s been hard to put the time into my studies and reaching the top level in mogul skiing, so I am grateful to the University of Sheffield for deferring my place to allow me to concentrate on my sport.”
Earlier this year the Advertiser spoke to Liam after his maiden appearance at an elite-level competition.
He competed at the FIS Freestyle Ski Junior World Championships back in March and is now eager for more of the same.
Keyes’ next competition will be indoors at the European level championships at Chill Factore in Manchester on September 13 and 14.
The venue is well-known to Liam as he heads there once a month to hone his skills on the slopes.
The rest of his regime consists of trampolining, gym work and general fitness drills at the Hope Valley Health Club.
The 18-year-old currently works at Hathersage Pool as a lifeguard and is planning to save up enough money to travel to either Europe or the USA to train full-time later in the year.
Unlike many elite sports, mogul skiing receives no funding so Liam is currently on the look-out for sponsorship to help him compete internationally.
• To get in touch with Liam regarding sponsorship, ring 07523 885531.