Ski and Snowboard Awards
AUSTRALIAN snowsports athletes have recorded their best combined season ever, claiming two World Cup series crystal globes, 35 World Cup and five World Championships medals.
Such was the success of our athletes, Snowsports have now been elevated to a “Tier One” sport alongside swimming and sailing.
They celebrated their results at the Australian Ski and Snowboard Awards in Melbourne where Britt Cox and Scotty James were jointly crowned Australian Snowsports Athlete of the Year.
In a season of many record breaking achievements for Australian snowsports athletes, mogul skier Cox and snowboarder James won off the back of equally remarkable seasons that saw them both win World Championships and dominate their World Cup disciplines.
Michael Kennedy, CEO, Ski and Snowboard Australia said, “You couldn’t ask for two better ambassadors for our sport. Scotty and Britt are not only at the top of their game in their respective sports but are two of the most humble and genuine athletes I have ever met. It has been a privilege to watch their journey from 15 year olds at their first Olympics in Vancouver to World Champions.”
The awards night also rewarded many other athletes and showed the depth that Australian Snowpsorts have at present. Junior athlete of the year Adam Lambert made the final at the World Championships of snowboard cross, while young snowboarder Tess Coady was named rising star.
Alpine skier Mitch Gourley was named Para-Snowsport Athlete of the Year for a second year in a row, winning the Para World Championships giant slalom, as well as overall World Cup title.
Aerial skier, Lydia Lassila, received the Outstanding Achievement Award having returned from a two-season break after having her second child to claim three World Cup victories.
◆ Athlete of the year finalists Matt Graham, David Morris, Belle Brockhoff, Britt Cox, Danielle Scott and Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin.
◆ Para-Snowsport Athlete finalists Joany Badenhorst, Mitch Gourley (winner) with Lynee Anderson.
◆ Outstanding Achievement award winner Lydia Lassila with AOC President John Coates.
◆ Outstanding Achievement for small schools, Rossburne school.