Britt Hawes

Britt's ski career began as a four-year-old weekend warrior, with the family regularly making the journey from Wellington to Ruapehu in the early hours of Friday mornings to make the most of the weekend on snow. Her early love of snow sports has never left her and Britt has been able to turn her hobby into a rewarding career. She is a qualified instructor and coach and in 2018 met her goal of representing NZ at the Olympic Winter Games.  

Disciplines: Halfpipe.

Hometown: Wellington

Career highlights: 2018 Winter Olympian; Competing at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Champs and test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

 

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Biography

In a family of ski enthusiasts and one of four children,  school holidays were all about the snow, with the family making the trip south to ski at The Remarkables and Cardrona. Britt decided that she wanted to be as close to the mountains as possible and spent her last year of high school as an Outdoor Pursuits student in Methven, studying at Mt Hutt College. She joined the college ski racing team and passed her level 1 Ski Instructors qualification.

Thanks to a scholarship from Mt Hutt College Britt was able to continue her studies at Otago Polytechnic, moving to Wanaka in 2008 to complete Avalance and Ski Instructor training. She began working at Cardrona Alpine Resort during the NZ winter and following the snow to Canada and the USA for the Northern Hemisphere season.

Her first taste of competition was at the 2012 Winter Games NZ on home ground at Cardrona Alpine Resort. She loved the experience and was eager to pursue the competitive pathway but knee injuries put a hold on these plans. While unable to compete, Britt was able to keep up with her coaching and used the time to complete a Bachelor of Communication.

Britt made her comeback to competition in 2014 at The North Face Freeski Open of NZ and was stoked to finish on the podium in third place. The result encouraged her to begin competing overseas and Britt moved to Colorado where she spent two years training and competing in as many World Cups as possible. Meeting the nomination criteria for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games became the goal and during the 2016/17 Northern Hemisphere season Britt had the opportunity to try out the Olympic halfpipe at the PyeongChang test event. She met her goal and was a member of the NZ Olympic Team to Pyeongchang where she finished 21st.

When not hard at work on snow Britt also works as a restaurant manager in Wanaka. Downtime is spent skiing with friends or riding her mountain bike. 

Check out more of Britt's FIS results here and follow her on social media.

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