Mitch got his first snowboard for Christmas when he was eight years old and a year later he’d won his first competition. Buoyed by his first taste of victory – “I loved that feeling and wanted to keep chasing it after that” – he took the advice of his coaches at Auckland’s Snowplanet and made the trip south to compete at Junior Nationals, held at Cardrona. “I came 2nd or 3rd but really wanted to win!” he remembers. And from there it was game on. “After that I wanted to get better so I could come back and win the next year. "
Disciplines: Big Air, Slopestyle
Career highlights: Winning World Rookie Tour Slopestyle Finals, Kaprun, Austria, 2019; Competing at Big Air World Cup, Modena, Italy 2018
Fast forward to 2018 and Mitch – or “Steeze McGeez” – has been enjoying his first taste of World Cup competition, competing in Big Air at the NZ Park and Pipe team’s home resort, Cardrona, during the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, followed by the Big Air World Cup in Modena, Italy, an experience which he includes as one of his career highlights so far.
Mitch capped off the 2018-19 season by winning the World Rookie Tour Slopestyle Finals in Kaprun, Austria.
“Having the support of my family and friends has definitely helped me get to where I am now,” says Mitch. In fact, he has his older brother to thank for getting him to snowboarding – “I decided to switch from skiing to snowboarding as I thought it was real cool because my older brother did it.”
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