He may only be 10-years old, yet Adam Brown knows exactly what he wants and that is a place on the Irish Junior Ski team.
The Portadown schoolboy has his sights set on future selection and he has laid down a marker having won Ski Club Ireland’s U12 Grand Slalom, Ski Club Ireland’s U 12 Slalom, Ski Club Northern Ireland’s Fastest Primary School Boy title and finishing runner-up in the European Open U12 Slalom.
Adam, a pupil at St. John the Baptist Primary School in Portadown started skiing on his local dry slope.
Mum Berndadette explained how the familiy’s mini ‘Franz Klammer’ caught the bug for the sport.
“His dad and I have skied and so we thought it would be good for him to learn so he could enjoy school trips in the future.” explained Bernadette.
“Adam had his first ski lesson at Silverwood dry slope in Lurgan when he was just 5 years old and he enjoyed it straight away.
“He is a member of Ski Club Ireland which is at Kilternan, Co. Dublin and he races competitively there.
“He is also a member of Ski Club Northern Ireland at Silverwood.”
Having bagged a haul of titles despite being two years younger than the age group he was competing in, Adam is now set to attend ski camp in a bid to improve on his skills on the slope.
“Adam will be attending a ski camp in Dublin in August to prepare for the new season,” added his mum.
“There will be two resident instructors from Val d’Isère, France and they will travel coach the juniors over the week long camp.”
As well as excelling at skiing, Adam is a talented all round sportsman.
“Skiing is Adam’s first passion,” said Bernadette. “But he is also a member of Portadown Amateur Swimming Club where he swims competitively and won the individual medley, butterfly and back stroke at the end of season club gala.
“This year he has attended the Swim Ulster Development galas and camps and he qualified for the Irish Minors Schools’ gala at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
“Outside of the ski and swim season he trains and plays matches for Tir Na Nog Gaelic Football Club in spring/summer.
“He has also great passion for soccer and was previously a member of the Glenavon Academy but unfortunately had to give this up as there simply wasn’t enough days in the week.”
With an ability to turn his hand to any sport, this young Portadown lad could pick and choose what he wants to do, however he is in doubt doubt what his next goal is.
“His ambition is to put himself in a strong position to be considered for selection to represent Ireland competitively for skiing at junior level,” concluded his proud mum.
There is no doubt Adam Brown is already on the right track to achieve his goal and is a young sportsman to watch out for in the future.