The Snowvision Rising Stars Camp took place at Coronet Peak Ski Area on Sunday 16 July and even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 30 aspiring ski racers who came from across the country to spend a day with the NZ Men's Ski Team athletes, Willis Feasey and Adam Barwood.
Led by NZ Olympians Ben Griffin and Tim Cafe and coach to the NZ Men's Ski Team, Nils Coberger, the goals of the camp were to foster the athletes' love for ski racing while demonstrating the perseverance and hard work it takes to rise to the top.
The camp attendees were taught to make every moment on snow count - from warm up and chairlift ride to skiing to the course - and to develop a focused mindset which makes every practice purposeful.
A Q&A session with the National Team gave them the opportunity to ask Adam and Willis about morning routines, dryland training and favourite training spots.
With skiers from Auckland's Snowplanet, Mt Ruapehu, Rainbow, Mt Dobson, Treble Cone and Cardrona joining local Queenstown athletes there was plenty of opportunity to meet new friends.
The overarching message to the young athletes to dream big and set their long term goals high was brought home with the chance to see the Olympic Silver medal won by Annelise Coberger at the Albertville Winter Olympics in 92.
Snow Sports NZ would like to thank the Snowvision Foundation for their support of the Rising Stars Camp and Nils Coberger, Ben Griffin, Tim Cafe, Willis Feasey and Adam Barwood for sharing their time and expertise.
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