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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help the young British alpine skier Billy Major achieve his Winter Olympic dream.

Supporters of 20-year-old Major - the current Overall British National Alpine Champion and a competitor on the Europa Cup circuit - are aiming to raise £8,000.

It follows a similar campaign by GB freestyle skier, Molly Summerhayes:

The fund-raising for Major has been set up by a group of cyclists calling themselves 100 Club Bikers.

They'll be riding from Val Cenis in France, where Major is based, to the Mediterranean from 26th August to 2nd September to raise money.

On their Just Giving page they say Billy Major has had great success and receives some funding from the governing body, British Ski and Snowboard, but still has to make a personal contribution of £33,500.

Billy Major at the British Alpine Champs 2017Billy Major - photo Vanessa Fry Photography















"Billy has been skiing since he was a little boy, spending the winter months in France," they say.

"He was lucky to be picked to ski in the Ski Etude Programme which has restricted entry each year for the top 30 young skiers in France.

"By 2012 he had competed in his first full season of FIS (Federation International de Ski) races and in 2013 was selected as part of Team GB for the Winter Youth Olympics in Romania.

"He became the overall British Under 18 Champion in 2013. 2014 Billy again represented Team GB in the World Junior Championships in Slovakia and he retained his title as overall U18 Champion by winning the junior Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom events.

"In 2014/15 he was selected as part of the British U21 squad and despite some injury setbacks he won the British U21 Downhill and Super G titles.

"Since then things have moved up a level for Billy and he is now skiing for the British Europa Cup Squad which are a specially selected elite team.

"He has had great success in this team and was awarded the Victor Ludorum trophy at the British Championships in Tignes for best results by any male or female skier and also became the British Men's Alpine Champion 2017.

Laurie Taylor, Billy Major & Dave RydingBilly Major (centre) with fellow Brits Laurie Taylor (l) and Dave Ryding (r) in Tignes this year

















"He now has a more dedicated team around him but of course this comes at a cost. Although the team receive some funding from British Ski and Snowboarding Organisation (BSS), the shortfall that Billy has to personally contribute is £33,500 per year.

"Billy is a hard working individual; he is known for being one of the first on the training slopes and last off. He is described as quietly spoken and modest but also highly competitive.

"Determination, commitment and luck will all play a part, and Billy does have the potential to reach the highest level. He cannot succeed without knowledgeable trainers to improve his technique and physical development, good training facilities and the right equipment.

"If Billy does succeed, he will be a worthy representative for British sport."

The JustGiving page can be found here.

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