It has been an interesting period for Will Feneley, our sponsored athlete. In our last update, Will was beginning winter training in Winter Park, Colorado ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The winter training was invaluable for Will, taking time to focus on learning new ‘jump skills’ that will improve his future scores. And the figures are looking good. During the 2014/15 season Will’s base list ranking was circa 200th, then during the 2016/17 this dropped to around 150th, and currently Will’s base list ranking is consistently sub 100th for 2018/19 competitions.
But in sport, as in life, things don’t always go as planned. The Nor-Am competitions didn’t go Will’s way this year. A couple of mistakes meant that he didn’t maximise his scoring potential in the Moguls and was knocked out early in the Dual Moguls competition.
Will then came back to Europe in March after the disappointment of the Nor-Am competitions to compete in his first World Cup in Switzerland. Like the Nor-Ams the World Cup was another knockout competition, which meant that he would compete next to a competitor and whoever performed better would move on to the next round. Putting aside his earlier disappointment and focusing on his own ability, he completed his first dual mogul and won it, which put him in the top 32 bracket with the opportunity to compete against the world number one and the 2018 Winter Olympic champion.
Unfortunately, the weather came in, and the competition had to be called off, so his top 32 was taken away from him. Like a real competitor, Will focuses on the positives and relives the experience as a confidence booster for future competitions.
Relive Will’s World Cup run here
Since then Will has completed in the World Juniors where his performance was “okay,” ending with his highest finish of 2018.
Moguls - Best finish 22nd at the Swedish FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Duved.
Dual Moguls - Best finish 29th at the Canadian Nor-Am Cup in Val St-Come.
After the ups and downs of the winter season Will is currently in a rest period. A few days water ramping with the British team in Evian will break that up, but the intensity of his training is lower at the moment until he returns to Australia.
Will, enjoy your well-earned rest and good luck for next season, as ever we will be watching your progress and spurring you on!