For the past three weeks Lexis Byron Bay has felt privileged to host two upcoming Swiss athletes – Fabian Schaad and Linard Kindschi.
Fabian and Linard, both professional cross country skiers, were lucky enough to win a radio competition sponsored by Boa Lingua. The prize – a fantastic four-week, fully-inclusive trip to a school of their choice in Australia.
We caught up with Fabian and Linard earlier this week to find out how they were enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime trip so far and also to learn a bit more about their amazing jobs.
Fabian: Since I was a young boy of 2 years so you can say I was born to it. Then, I started competing at about 13. First, I was doing Alpine Skiing but then discovered I preferred competing with others at the same time.
Linard: I think the first time I went on cross country skis was at 3 years of age. At 6 years I took part in a competition, just because my brothers did it as well. In the following years, I did more competitions at even higher levels. I’ve trained regularly with a team since I was 13 years old.
What are your goals as a professional skier?
Fabian: My main goal is to go to the PyeongChang Olympic Games in South Korea. I’m hoping to compete in the Team Sprint with my younger brother.
Linard: For me too, my next big goal is the Olympic Games. Then, in general, my goal is to be one of the best skiers in the world. This means to be regularly in the top 10 in world cup races and championships.
Fabian: I’d heard a lot of positive things about Byron from other people and friends and I have to agree. Byron’s awesome!
Linard: Also, we wanted to go to a smaller town and not a big city like Brisbane.
And, how are you enjoying it?
Fabian: I really like the relaxed atmosphere here. It’s so different to Switzerland and I really enjoy it. Also the beach is great and I go there as much as I can. I went surfing for the first time, recently, and really enjoyed it even if I fell off the surfboard more times that I stood on it. I will do it again and as often as I can.
Linard: I really like that I can go everywhere by bike. I love to spend the afternoons at the beach and ride some waves on the surfboard. The people are all very nice and friendly.
Finally, what is your favourite thing about Lexis English Byron Bay?
Fabian: For me it’s just a good thing to go to school. For a long time I’ve just been training every day – three years without school or anything else. I really like the school here and all of the people. It’s interesting to see so many students from all over the world.
Linard: There is always a good atmosphere on the whole campus and in class. You can learn something new every day not only in lessons but also in the kitchen.
Thanks guys and enjoy your final week in Lexis Byron Bay.