Notting hill local Kasete Skeen (pic right) is training with the aim to qualify and compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. If he succeeds Kasete would be the first national of the tropical island of Tonga in history to compete at the winter Olympics in an alpine ski discipline. Do we have a bit of an Eddie the Eagle feeling here? From sunshine to snow, from swimming to schussing. He may need our help. It’s alright … 34 year old Skeen is really local born and bred. Just representing Tonga and on this cold rainy day we wanted to share this pic with you (above). His father is Tongan and mother English and he went to Holland Park School and played with the Mangrove Steel Orchestra. We’ve been told that Skeen smoked, drank too much, ate badly and didn’t exercise at all. But over the past six months he has begun a dramatic transformation that has seen him quit smoking, starting to exercise, revolutionise his eating habits and loose twenty five kilograms; all in the pursuit of his dream to represent Tonga.
From December Skeen will begin competing in International Ski Federation sanctioned races in order to achieve the required points total to qualify for the Olympic games.
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