NZ Masters racers from all over NZ gathered at Cardrona Alpine Resort last week for four superb days of training followed by two days of racing. The Dynastar Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom races were held in perfect conditions.
Youngest racer and new boy to Masters was 2016 IPC SG World Champion Corey Peters 33 [Class 1] and oldest was Paul Bush 87 [Class 12].
Corey provided huge inspiration for everyone with his incredible sit ski skills. However, he commented how inspirational it was training and racing with all the dedicated "Masters". He brought his World Cup Crystal Globe to the prize giving and many masters loved their "Crystal Globe moment" photo opportunity as wells the inspirational talk from Corey about his path to gaining it!
Masters is open to anyone over 18 and it was wonderful to have two sit-skiers competing this year. The Masters events are part of a series of races where racers over 30 accumulate points towards the NZ National Ski Masters titles. All racers over 30 get an age handicap so they are competing on a similar level to the young guns. The handicap is so perfectly calculated that the men's GS winner in the Queenstown event won by .01 of a second and at Cardrona by .12 of a second.
Results from Dynastar Cardrona Masters on Handicap
Super G; Corey Peters [Class M 1 Wanaka] by 1.18 of a second from Mike Unger [ M 7 Christchurch] 3rd Jon Wardrop [M 6 Queenstown / Auckland]
GS; Jon Wardrop by .12 from Perry Coulter [ M 8 Queenstown], 3rd Mike Unger .
Slalom; Jon Wardrop by .92 from Hamish McPherson [M 6 Havelock North] , 3rd Mike Unger
Super G; Bonny Teat [ W8 Wanaka] by 1.37 from Alison Duder [W8 Arrowtown] 3rd Nicola McPherson [W5 Havelock North]
GS; Bonny Teat by 5.69 from Alison Duder, 3rd Nicola McPherson.
Slalom; Sue Unger [ W7 Christchurch] by 1.19 from Alison Duder, 3rd Julie Gibbs [W7 Auckland]