Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (5 October 2012) - Weather proved the deciding factor on what was scheduled to be the final day of competition at the 2012 Snow Sports NZ Junior Freeski & Snowboard National Championship with high winds forcing the cancellation of the Salomon Ski Halfpipe and K2 Snowboard Free-ride.
An award ceremony was held at the Lonestar restaurant in Wanaka at midday on Friday 5 October and New Zealand’s national ski and snowboard champions were presented with their trophies. Results were based on the four events which had been contested within both freeskiing and snowboarding.
New Zealand Snowboard Champions 2012
Ruggies Boys - Campbell Melville Ives
Ruggies Girls - Cassandra Lyell
Grommets Boys - Zak Baikie
Grommets Girls - Charlotte Lyell
Rippers Boys - Lachlan Blackmore and Mitchell Davern
Rippers Girls - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
Shredders Boys - Sam Christie
Shredders Girls - Phoebe Crawford
Youth Boys - Lyon Farrell
Youth Girls - Corrah Phillips
Junior Boys - Tim Herbert
Junior Girls - Sian Moore
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New Zealand Freeski Champions 2012
Ruggies Boys - Gustav Legnavsky
Ruggies Girls - Nate Teen
Grommets Boys - Huck Harrington
Grommets Girls - Shiloh Teen
Rippers Boys - Nico Porteous
Rippers Girls - Maggie Little
Shredders Boys - Finn Bilous
Shredders Girls - Phoebe Young
Youth Boys - Jackson Wells
Youth Girls - Olivia Jones
Junior Boys - Beau-James Wells
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While the weather conditions had proved to be a challenge on some days, other days had seen competitors and spectators enjoying blue skies, sunshine and fantastic spring snow.
Snow Sports New Zealand’s Adam Dooney was full of praise for the event staff at Cardrona Alpine Resort and their ability to put together consistently high quality events. While Mountain Manager, Bridget Legnavsky, also thanked Snow Sports New Zealand for managing an “awesome” event.
“I just love seeing the kids out there having fun and trying their hardest. It’s great to see how much they enjoy getting on the podium. We really want to encourage kids to make snow sports a lifestyle choice from a young age and events like the Junior Nationals certainly help with that,” said Legnavsky.
Next year’s Snow Sports NZ Junior Freeski & Snowboard National Championship is scheduled once again for the first week of the school holidays. See you all there!
Images from the week’s events are online now at the Junior Freeski & Snowboard Nationals NZ Facebook page. Photographer Andy Woods also has some awesome shots which can be viewed at http://andywoods.smugmug.com/Events If you would like a copy of any of Andy’s images please contact him at Andy@imageworld.co.nz
Thanks to the crew at Cardrona Alpine Resort and to all our fantastic sponsors!