Three gold medals for Wanaka's Hall

WINNING WAY: Wanaka skier Adam Hall competes in the Giant Slalom at the Cardrona Disabled National Championships this week, on his way to winning three gold medals at the event.
WINNING WAY: Wanaka skier Adam Hall competes in the Giant Slalom at the Cardrona Disabled National Championships this week, on his way to winning three gold medals at the event.

Waaka Paralympian and World Championships silver medallist Adam Hall made his mark on the Cardrona Disabled National Championships this week winning three gold medals.

Hall, 21, won the open men's Super G with an adjusted time of 44.74 seconds on Monday and followed that up on Tuesday by winning the Giant Slalom (GS) by 42.40sec more than 10 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

He completed his trifecta yesterday winning the slalom event in 40.68sec.

Hall is the second-best slalom racer in the world and was recently named the Snow Sports New Zealand Athlete of the Year. He has won 13 medals, including silver and bronze at the International Paralympics Committee World Cup finals, and a silver at the World Championships, during the past year.

Second in all three races was Hall's team-mate Peter Williams, of Auckland, who finished with 52.81sec in the Super G, 48.45sec in the GS, and 54.28sec in the slalom, while third in all three races was Peter Baddeley, of Christchurch, who recorded 60.40sec in the Super G, 58.92sec in the GS, and 57.73sec in the slalom.

Hall, who competes on the international circuit, praised the quality of the course.

New Plymouth snowboarder Carl Murphy won the national title in the snowboard GS. He will today compete in the first World Snowboard Federation Adaptive Snowboard World Championships. Murphy, who is a below the knee amputee, had a successful northern hemisphere campaign, taking home gold, silver and bronze medals at the Canadian Nationals and the USA Snowboarding Association national championships this year.

In her first elite race, Christchurch sit skier Alisha McLennan won the open female Super G division, while the ski junior section was won by Ivan Parsons, 16, of Auckland. McLennan also won the GS open female division, with the GS ski junior section was won by sit skier Quentin Smith.

McLennan made it three from three yesterday, winning the slalom in 132.60sec.

The competition for disabled skiers and snowboarders is one of the highlights of the week-long Adaptive Snow Sports Festival, running from July 26 to 31.

The Adaptive Snow Sports programmes give support, accessible facilities and professional services to people with disabilities to allow them to ski and board.

The Southland Times