Italian job gives Liam the desire for more success

Freestyle skiier Liam Keyes, from Tideswell, recently competed at the junior world championships.
Freestyle skiier Liam Keyes, from Tideswell, recently competed at the junior world championships.
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Tideswell freestyle skier Liam Keyes is aiming to stay at the top after his first experience of elite-level competition.

The 18-year-old competed at the FIS Freestyle Ski Junior World Championships in Valmalenco, Italy last month.

Freestyle skiier Liam Keyes, from Tideswell, recently competed at the junior world championships.

Freestyle skiier Liam Keyes, from Tideswell, recently competed at the junior world championships.

Liam took part in the moguls singles and doubles competition and despite not getting past the initial heats stages, he had no regrets about the experience on the Italian slopes.

He told the Advertiser: “The competition out there was of a really high calibre.

“A few of the guys that I was up against had competed at the Winter Olympics, whilst others have been doing it full-time for five or six years.

“It was tough going but my aim for the future is to compete at that level and at European Cup level.

“It was a great experience to go out there and be part of Team GB.

“I didn’t do as well as I hoped I would but I definitely take the positives out of it.”

Liam is only in his third year of competing but has enjoyed a rapid rise since joining Sheffield Sharks club in 2010.

His selection for the Yorkshire squad and impressive performances eventually led to him qualifying for the World Juniors this year.

In terms of his training, he heads to the Chill Factore in Manchester 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 Hope Valley Health Club in Hathersage.

He is also studying at King’s Edwards sixth form in Sheffield and is currently juggling his exam preparation with competing.

He said: “I’m doing my A-Levels at the moment and my exams are in June.

“I’m trying to balance the two and the plan is to keep training and carry on (skiing) as long as I can.

“I know this is an opportunity that I won’t get again.”