Lloyd Wallace

Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace on throwing himself about for fun

 

Freestyle Skiing

Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace on throwing himself about for fun

24 November 2015 / 16:49

With international freestyle skiing running his family, it was always going to be a matter of when, and not if, Lloyd Wallace started carving out a name for himself in the world of flips and tricks.

Did you know: With flying through the air on a full stomach never a good idea, Lloyd likes to fuel himself up pre-competition on a meal of yoghurt and granola.

While his younger sister Elodie prefers to take a different approach, sticking to a nice bit of jam on toast!

A skier from the age of five, Shaftesbury’s Wallace initially started channeling his boundless energy into gymnastics, training at Port Regis Gymnastics Club and representing the South West county on multiple occasions.

But with parents Robin Wallace and Jilly Curry having competed for Great Britain – including both at Olympic level – in skiing, Wallace junior was soon following in their footsteps.

“I did gymnastics from the ages of six to 14, and competed for the South West squad, doing to nationals and becoming multiple national champion a few times,” explained the 20-year-old, whose younger sister Elodie also competes for Great Britain at ski aerials.

“My parents were fed up with me having so much energy at home so they sent me off to gymnastics to do some flips and stuff.

“I was training up to 16 hours a week when I was ten years old at gymnastics. But after a while, I’d had enough and I wanted to try other sports

“I’d been skiing all my life and my parents let me have a go at aerial skiing when I was about 14 and was hooked.”

The sport involves skiers propelling themselves up to six metres in the air off two-four metre high jumps and then performing multiple flips and twists to impress the watching judges before then attempting to safely land again.

But it was not all plain sailing for the former Port Regis School pupil initially.

“When I was 14 I remember doing a ski jump into a lake which is at the French ski resort in Tignes,” he added.

“I went off and tried to do a back flip but I got it slightly wrong and landed on my head. Saying that, I loved it and I was doing my first flip on snow not long afterwards.”

What started off as a bit of fun soon turned serious with Wallace, who was initially trained solely by his father, quickly emerging as a rising British star.

In 2013 he placed 17th at his first World Cup event and eighth at the World Junior Championships.

This year he finished the season second overall in the Europa Cup – the second tier of top level competition behind the World Cup circuit – and won bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championships.

The ultimate aim for Wallace is to follow in his parents footsteps and appear at an Olympics with the next Games in Pyeongchang in 2018 his target.

But for now it is a case of balancing his World Cup duties in the forthcoming season with completing a degree in sports performance at the University of Bath.

“During the winter I’m away for two or three months and then in the summer I’ve been training with the Swiss team,” he added.

“So there’s been some long nights in airports trying to do assignments for uni. It’s a great place to be though and I’m really enjoying it.

“This year I’m living with some friends in a house in town and we actually do a lot of cooking together. I did a good Thai dish the other day although my favourite is a good pie, you can’t be a good British pie!”