Quinn Thomson reports from the final day of the Snow Sports New Zealand Winter Games Talent Camp.
With the much anticipated snowboard slopestyle of Audi Quattro Winter Games, the eager young riders pack themselves into the vans.
Unfortunately the conditions were again far from ideal with cloud restricting visibility. Although this caused the cancellation of the men’s slopestyle, the young riders took it all in their stride. Instead, they spent their time perfecting their rail runs with the help of the coaches, throwing down some solid tricks and putting some new ones in their extensive arsenal, all encouraged by the atmosphere of business created by the Audi quattro Winter Games.
Although the men’s slopestyle was cancelled, the crew still gained valuable experience. Three of the riders were given the opportunity to fore-run the slopestyle course. It was an awesome opportunity to show the public, media and competing athletes what they could pull off as well as providing some much appreciated publicity for themselves.
The conclusion of the day’s events was somewhat mellow in comparison with previous days. The riders were surprised and saddened about how the days had flown by. But you know how it goes, time flies when you're having fun. And that's exactly what these young riders have done, as well as progressing and having a truckload of fun, they'd also made many new friends, and although slightly saddened, they're all looking forward to competing against one another in the looming Freeski & Snowboard Junior Nationals.
About the Snow Sports New Zealand Winter Games Talent Camp
The 2013 Snow Sports New Zealand Winter Games Talent Camp took place from 16 - 19 August at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka. Sport New Zealand in partnership with Snow Sports New Zealand and Winter Games NZ offer this programme in order to grow participation and achievement in snow sports as part of the Winter Games Legacy Programme. The programme gives young ski and snowboard park and pipe athletes the opportunity to participate in a four day development camp in Wanaka during the Audi quattro Winter Games.
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