Fellows relishing first step towards Olympic dream at EYOF

19 January 2015 / 17:05

Alpine skier Jordan Fellows is determined to enjoy the biggest moment of his career so far when he represents Team GB at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 2015), insisting he is relishing the chance to show what he can do.

Fellows joins Jess Anderson, Kirsty Guest, Anna Henderson, Sofia Iglina, Euan Kick, Robert Poth and Zak Vinter in being selected to represent Team GB in alpine skiing in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein. 

The 17-year-old from Walsall is the 2014 Under-18 British Super Combined champion, although he will look to add more valuable experience to his sporting CV when he pulls on the Team GB colours next week.

The Festival runs from January 25-30 with Fellows excited about the challenge that lies ahead.

He said: “This will be the biggest competition that I have been to and I know I’ll be going up against the best in Europe and some of the best in the world in my age group. So that’s a huge challenge but one that I am really looking forward to.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for me to test myself against them and see how I compare.

“I haven’t set myself a specific goal or anything like that but if I could finish in the top 15 or something like that then I’d be really happy.

“I want to go on to be successful at senior level in the sport and compete in World Cups and Olympic Games but I know I have to take it all one step at a time.”

Team GB will compete in four disciplines at EYOF 2015, with the eight-strong alpine ski team forming over half of the squad selected.

British Under-18 alpine ski team member Anderson is another to have tasted domestic success with victory in the 2012 British and Scottish Slalom Championships.

And with close ties to two-time British Olympian Dave Ryding, the 16-year-old was aiming to make the Festival the first step towards her own Olympic Games target.

“I feel so honoured to be picked as part of the team. I started skiing when I was three and then racing when I was seven,” she said.

“I’m just really looking forward to the atmosphere and getting a taste of the Olympic vibe. I watch both the summer and winter Games, it is a dream of mine to compete at a Games.

“I follow the skiers, particularly Dave Ryding as his sister Jo is one of my coaches. I’m looking forward to getting the kit and getting the chance to meet different people.”

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