Dreams are never too big
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Hi, I am Gloria Lyons and I’m an Irish alpine ski racer. I live in Austria with my mum, my sister Giorgia – who is also a ski racer – and my two younger brothers. When I was born in 2002, my parents both lived in Bormio, Italy, where they worked for the Organising Committee of the 2005 World Alpine Ski Championships. Maybe this was a sign I moved with my parents from Bormio to my mother’s home village of Ramsau am Dachstein in 2004, building my love for Ireland with regular trips to my second home.
Skiing has always been a part of my life. The first ski lessons I had at the age of three in Kindergarten. This is pretty much standard around here, in the Austrian Alps!
Later, in primary school, I started training with our local ski club, WSV Ramsau am Dachstein. As part of the Ramsau ski club team, I entered my first regional competitions, participating in the U8 to U16 categories of the Bezirkscup. The exceptional ski training at WSV Ramsau am Dachstein helped me improve my ski racing skills steadily over the years. At U12, I started competing in Schülercup ski races against school children from across Styria, where I took on some of Austria’s fastest girls. In September 2016 and 2017, I took part in the Irish Dry Slope Championships. Skiing in Ireland and getting to know some of my fellow Irish skiers made me eager to represent Ireland.
Last year, I was selected to represent Ireland at international FIS children’s races, which was a great honour for me. This year, I will compete in FIS races in the Junior age category, and I have the unique chance to qualify for the EYOF 2019 and the Alpine Junior World Championships. I would love to compete in these major events representing Ireland, but to got there I will have to qualify, which means achieve FIS points fewer than 140. To get FIS points, I’ll start the racing season mid October, because the points have to be collected by the beginning of December.
All your support will be used to fund training, travelling and accommodation. I will give my best to qualify for next winter’s main events! And since dreams can never be too big, I’ll keep working towards the Olympic Winter Games. In 2020, the Youth Olympics will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, and I would be eligible!
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International FIS Children's Races Trofeu Borrufa Andorra
With the Irish children's team In Andorra: our team of ten reached the 18th place out of 33 teams! I scored points in GS, where I came in 13th, only about 2 secs behind the podium. My results: 13th place GS 19th place SL 22nd place SG