Class acts soar on Cardona's slopes

Time for talent-spotting

CHE BAKER
Last updated 11:39 05/08/2014
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FREE AND EASY: Wakatipu High School student Ethan Cruise hits a kicker while competing in the snowboard slope-style at the Otago Southland Secondary School Ski and Snowboard Champs at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

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The next generation of top skiers and snowboarders took to Cardrona Alpine Resort yesterday to do battle on the mountain.

More than 100 students spent the bluebird day competing in several disciplines as part of the Otago Southland secondary school ski and snowboard championships.

Cardrona event manager Graham Dunbar said the event doubled as a talent identification for New Zealand team selection.

Results from the event, which included ski giant slalom, ski and snowboard-cross speed racing and snowboard slope-style, would be reviewed by Snow Sports New Zealand, Dunbar said.

It is hoped next year a ski slope-style event will be added to the programme to keep up with the changing demand of snow sports.

The competition was made up of a combination of elite and recreational competitors and the new intermediate park at Cardrona meant more students had the opportunity to take part, Dunbar said.

"There's certainly some standout people," he said.

Event team member Libby Blackley said standout athletes included Ronan Thompson, Zoe Sadowski Synnott, Ben Richards and Craig Murray, of Mt Aspiring College, and Alex Hull, of Wakatipu High School.

Only one Southland school, James Hargest College, took part in the event, with two competitors in individual events.

Cardrona will host the South Island secondary school champs on September 13 and 14.

Winning teams: Top mixed ski team: Cromwell College. Girls' snowboard team: Mt Aspiring College team two. Boys' snowboard team: Wakatipu High School team one. Mixed ski team: Wakatipu High School team five. Girls' ski team: Wakatipu High School team four. Boys' ski team: Mt Aspiring College team three.

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- The Southland Times

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