Twizel skier Willis Feasey has been awarded a $5000 scholarship to help him continue his quest to become New Zealand’s best ski racer.
Feasey said the regional scholarship, from AMP in association with Mainland Insurance, would pay part of his $25,000 contribution to be in the national men’s team and to buy new equipment.
Feasey finished first in the giant slalom during the Wanaka Tech Series last month, and has lowered his world ranking from 300th to 44th out of 5000 male racers. He was a finalist in the 2017 Alpine Ski Racer of the Year, won won on Friday night by Queenstown’s Adam Barwood. Feasey has won it previously.
His coach, Nils Coberger, of Queenstown, won Coach of the Year at this year’s awards.
Shane Dowling, a director of Mainland Insurance Mortgages and Investments based in Timaru, said there was a high calibre of entries for this year’s regional scholarships.
The winner was judged based on enthusiasm, follow-through and commitment to their dream.
Once all the regional winners are selected, they are entered into the people’s choice category for which the public will vote for one candidate to receive an additional $5000 scholarship.
People’s choice voting has opened and will run until October 22.
The recipient will be announced along with other scholarship recipients at an awards event in Auckland on October 26.