Auckland, New Zealand (3 November 2014) – A Junior Interfield event held at Auckland’s Snowplanet on Saturday marked the end of the New Zealand competitive snow sports season for 2014. The Kombi races were hosted by the Northern Snow Circus and included racers in U10 – U18 age groups.
Summer Line and Luke Wilkins were the respective winners of the ladies’ and men’s U10 age category, beating their nearest rivals by 3.23s (Summer) and 2.33s (Luke). While in older age categories racing saw some tight finishes, Patrick Harley beating Jack Harman by just 0.09s in U12 men’s. Tess Porter was the fastest U12 girl, beating Sophie Grenfell by 1.11s.
Milly Tooman and Zack Limbrick-Jones took top honours in the U14s class and Olivia Cartwright and Rhys Davies for U16s. Alexia Preston and Ben Mulrennan posted the fastest times in U18s.
As the domestic season draws to a close the pace will only pick up for New Zealand’s elite ski racers who now head to the northern hemisphere to begin an intensive competition schedule. National alpine ski racing team members Adam Barwood, Nick Prebble and Willis Feasey left New Zealand last week bound for Colorado and will be joined this week by Piera Hudson. Tai Juneau will depart New Zealand in mid-November heading initially to Squaw Valley, California for training before joining the national team in Panorama, Canada in December to compete in NorAms and FIS races.
First on the team’s competition schedule will be the USST Invitational at Colorado’s Copper Mountain resort from 10 – 12 November.
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