Peel and James share top Snowsports award
WORLD Championship gold medals have secured aerial skier Laura Peel and snowboarder Scotty James the joint title of Australia’s Snowsports Athlete of the Year at a special presentation held in Melbourne in late April.
Peel, a member of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) aerial squad, was the first of the two Australian’s to capture a world title at the Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, in January.
Two days later, James claimed Australia’s second gold medal by winning the snowboard halfpipe event, beating a top class field from across the globe.
At the same championships, Russ Henshaw won silver in the ski slopestyle event and Britt Cox took the bronze in moguls, completing a highly successful championships for the Australians.
Another moguls skier, Matt Graham, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award after his rise in world rankings throughout last season, while rising snowboard cross athlete, Jarryd Hughes, took the Junior Athlete of the Year Award. The award winners on the night included: Athlete of the Year - Laura Peel & Scotty James Outstanding Achievement - Matt Graham Junior Athlete of the Year - Jarryd Hughes Coach of the Year - Steve Desovich and Jerri Grossi (mogul skiing) Development Coach of the Year - Peter McNiel Rising Star Award - Jakara Anthony School of the Year - Caulfield Grammar (Victoria) Outstanding Achievement for Small Schools - St Clare’s College