Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 30, 2014

DOING IT ALL

Ski star Ganley is a woman of many talents

To say the least, Julia Ganley is busy.

The Andover High senior is a member of the National Honor Society, currently enrolled in three Advanced Placement classes. She takes dance classes, was in the school’s fall musical, is preparing for the spring Shakespeare performance and even sings in the Andover High chamber choir.

Oh, and she also happens to be a star for the Golden Warriors’ ski team.

“It’s stressful, but I love it,’ Ganley said. “I love to be busy. I hate sitting around. I have a lot of passions, and one of them is skiing. I love to race.”

A co-captain and four-year varsity performer, Ganley has emerged as Andover’s top skier so far this season, taking a team-best second overall in each of the Warriors’ meets and helping the team to a 4-1 start.

“Julia is having a fantastic season,” Andover ski coach Tom Busta said. “She is a busy girl with a great attitude and a terrific work ethic. She is a great leader and a better person.”

Ganley grew up with skiing in her blood. She was introduced to the sport by her father and spent her childhood skiing at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H., with her family, including older sister, Rose Ganley, who herself was a ski captain for Andover High in 2010-11.

With 10 years of skiing experience by the time she arrived at Andover High, Ganley knew she would be skiing for her school’s team.

“I used to go to a lot of Rose’s races growing up,” Julia Ganley said. “It always looked like a lot of fun so I was excited to join the team. Rose showed me the ropes. She showed me how to prepare and be a part of the team. It was great to have that connection to the upperclassmen.

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