Last week, four young snow sports athletes were crowned as the 2019 Snowvision NZ Alpine Youth Champions at Cardrona Alpine Resort. After two intense days of slalom, super-G, and giant slalom, the athletes were thrilled to be standing on the podium for their efforts.
The four titles were awarded to Mikayla Smith from the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team and Wānaka Ski and Snowsports Club for U16 women; Alex Jackson from the Team Hutt and St Arnaud Ski Racing Foundation for U16 men; Ruby Fullerton from Elite Sport and the St Arnaud Ski Racing Foundation for U14 women; and Hemi Meikle from Team TC and the Wānaka Ski and Snowboard Club for the U14 men.
Jackson said that he was very happy with his results and thoroughly enjoyed the competition, “this was an awesome race series. As a racer it was great to have a really well organised event where we could get on the hill early and get the race started.”
Smith agreed with Jackson, saying, “I had a really good time at the Snowvision NZ Alpine Youth Championships. It’s a really significant event, it’s the pinnacle of the season and I really wanted to do well so I can be the first seed for the Northern Hemisphere races. So I’m really happy that everything came together how I wanted.”
These recent youth championships were a new addition to the Snow Sports NZ calendar this year, as part of their initiative to provide a better pathway for youth to get into alpine ski racing. This year’s event is to be followed by the Snowvision NZ Alpine youth camp, from which the Snowvision NZ Alpine youth squad will be announced. This squad will then be ranked and offered spots at the Youth International Alpine competitions in the northern hemisphere season later on this year.