Lucia is the reigning 2023 Snowboard Slopestyle Junior World Champion and a member of the Snow Sports NZ Snowboard Team.
Gangwon 2024 Youth Olympic Winter Games snowboard slopestyle silver medalist and big air bronze medalist, 2023 FIS Snowboard Slopestyle Junior World Champion, 2023 World Rookie Tour Snowboard Slopestyle Champion, 2023 LAAX European Cup Premium Snowboard Slopestyle 3rd place, 2023 FIS Slopestyle Australia New Zealand Cup 3rd place, Winner of the 2022 Cardrona Freestyle Nationals FIS ANC Slopestyle, 2022 World Rookie Finals 2nd place Slopestyle, 2nd place at the 2022 Winter Games NZ FIS ANC Slopestyle, 3rd place in the 2022 Cardrona Freestyle Nationals FIS ANC Big Air and Halfpipe.
Lucia learnt to ski when she was seven years old at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Her older brother Oscar was a snowboarder, so Lucia quickly swapped to snowboarding and from then she was hooked.
After a few seasons partaking in the local school skiing and snowboarding programme, Lucia joined the Cardrona High Performance Centre and started training with her first coach Greg.
After a couple of seasons training with the HPC programme, Snow Sports NZ talent ID’d Lucia and she became part of the National Development team. In 2019, when she was 10 years old, she travelled to Colorado, USA to train and compete for the first time overseas.
Lucia had a real breakthrough season in Europe in 2022/23, where she claimed a third place finish at the hotly contested LAAX European Cup Premium Slopestyle competition. She followed this result up with the win at the World Rookie Tour snowboard slopestyle finals.
Lucia carried her momentum into the 2023 New Zealand season, where she was victorious at the 2023 FIS Park and Pipe World Championships, crowned the snowboard slopestyle Junior World Champion, the first Kiwi snowboarder to ever win this title.
In 2024 Lucia was selected to represent NZ at the Gangwon 2024 Youth Olympic Winter Games. She medalled in both events she competed in, claiming the silver medal in snowboard slopestyle and the bronze medal in snowboard big air.
Lucia aims to compete at the 2026 Milano Cortina Winter in both Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air. She also hopes to get an invite to the prestigious Winter X Games in the coming years.
Lucia looks up to Kiwi snowboarding superstar Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and has been inspired by her amazing performances on the world stage.
When Lucia isn’t snowboarding you can find her hanging out with her dog Archie or down the local skatepark, skating with her friends.