Wanaka's Wells brothers set for Winter Games

Last updated 11:49 19/03/2013
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Wanaka athlete Jossi Wells will be back for this year's Winter Games in August.

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New Zealand winter star Jossi Wells will be back in action for the third Winter Games NZ this year.

There will be seven World Cup events plus an elite international curling tournament as the world's best snow sport athletes take part in the games from August 15 to 25.

The sports programme for Winter Games NZ 2013 includes FIS World Cups in halfpipe and slopestyle for both snowboarding and freeskiing, plus two IPC World Cup adaptive alpine slaloms and an IPC Para-snowboard cross World Cup.

Cardrona Alpine Resort will host both World Cup halfpipe events with the freeski competition set to feature New Zealand stars Jossi and Byron Wells. Cardrona also hosts the IPC Para-snowboard Cross World Cup plus the Continental Cup SBX race.

Both slopestyle World Cup events take place across the valley at Snow Park NZ while Queenstown's Coronet Peak hosts the IPC alpine slalom adaptive World Cups in addition to FIS Continental Cup slalom and giant slalom races.

Completing the programme are a sprint cross-country skiing Continental Cup at Snow Farm and eight days of world-class competition at Naseby's International Curling Rink.

Winter Games NZ chairman Sir Eion Edgar said there was an unprecedented level of interest ahead of this year's event with the reputation of the Games growing around the world and the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner.  

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