Peel and James share top Snows­ports award

Alpine News - - On The Slopes -

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

FI­NAL­ISTS: OWIA chair­man Ge­off Henke (left) with Ath­lete of the Year fi­nal­ists (from left) Alex Pullin, Russ Hen­shaw, Britt Cox, Laura Peel and Scotty James.

PHOTO: SSA

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