THE MOGULS FAMILY
4th July 2017
Three members of the same family have made it into GB’s senior Moguls squad. We reveal the team for the bumps and aerials. NEW
The Gerken Schofields are a talented bunch who will be making their World Cup debuts next winter.
Thomas Gerken Schofield, who is 19, is in the senior squad after a season in which he won two silver medals in the World Junior Freestyle Championships.
He will be joined in the team by his twin sister Leonie Gerken Schofield and younger sister Makayla Gerken-Schofield, who is 18.
Last month Thomas topped the public vote to win the Ski Club of GB Evie Pinching Award for the most promising young snowsports athlete.
“l have been skiing ever since I can remember and have just completed my best ever season, topping it off with obtaining double vice champion in the Junior World Championships,” he said.
“I am very happy at the moment and can’t wait for the next competitions to begin. I am already training hard, I want to be in the best shape possible for the next season.”
Leonie came away from last season with two Europa Cup podiums and Makayla came fourth in the World Junior Championships, as well as securing three Europa Cup podiums.
“I started skiing at the age of five and never thought it would lead to competing in so many places, all around Europe,” Leonie said.
“I am so excited for the future, I am aiming so high!
“Skiing is, and always has been, my passion. I love to travel too which is an added bonus for me.”
Makayla commented: “I grew up skiing with my older brother and sister, skiing is a huge part of our lives.
“Even so, I never imagined I would be competing in so many places and to such a high level. I will work my hardest to achieve the best results I can.”
The three siblings will be competing on the Europa Cup circuit, as well as getting their first taste of World Cup competition.
They are joined in the senior team by 17-year-old Will Feneley, from Norfolk.
Feneley has a background in both freestyle and alpine racing, and will be based in the USA, competing on the NORAM circuit, as well as looking to compete at World Cup level.
“I have just finished my A-levels, which means I will now be a full time Moguls athlete,” Feneley said.
“I will be going to Australia this summer, training out there with the Perisher Winter Sports Club’s full time Moguls Programme, from July until September.
“I will train and compete in several events including the Continental Cup, before at the end of November heading to Winter Park in the USA to train for the Northern Hemisphere season.
“As well as competing on the NORAM circuit where I am aiming to reach finals, I would also really like to compete in my first World Cup this season.”
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British Ski and Snowboard has also confirmed that Lloyd Wallace (22), from Shaftesbury, will continue to represent GB at the highest level in the senior British Aerials Team.
Wallace will compete on the World Cup circuit and has his sights firmly on the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics next February.
“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead, I’ve just finished studying at the University of Bath meaning I can concentrate fully on my skiing,” he said.
“I’m based in Switzerland all summer and have a hectic schedule this winter in order to put myself into the best possible position for qualifying for the Olympics.
“I’m now fully focused on preparing for the Olympics next February. I’m not expecting to medal, but I do know I’m capable of it.
“I’m so excited, this summer I will be fine tuning new tricks that will hopefully guarantee my place at the Games.
It’s all to play for from here on out!”
The World Cup Aerials and Moguls seasons start in December 2017.
MAIN PHOTO: Thomas Gerken Schofield in action
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