Snow­board coach re­ceives top award

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

TRAN­SI­TION Snow­board­ing Camps’ (TSC) Jar­rod Wouters has taken out a pres­ti­gious award through Ski and Snow­board­ing Aus­tralia (SSA).

At a gala din­ner at Sumac Cen­tral Pier, Dock­lands Mel­bourne in April, Jar­rod re­ceived the award for top de­vel­op­ment coach in Aus­tralia.

He graced the podium with Aus­tralia’s elite skiers and snow­board­ers in­clud­ing Olympians Brit­tney Cox, snow­boarder To­rah Bright and ae­ri­als skier David Mor­ris, Scotty James and Greta Small.

Jar­rod has been coach­ing the Aus­tralian world cup snow­board­ing ath­letes for the past five years.

He has also been in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing some of the young snow­board­ers in­clud­ing those that did well at the ju­nior snow­board­ing cham­pi­onships.

This sea­son will mark the 10th an­niver­sary of TSC on Mt Buller where Jar­rod, and wife Chris­tine, work with the Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege An­nexe on its snow­board­ing pro­gram.

Chris­tine said in the 10 years they have been run­ning the most pro­gres­sive, pro­fes­sional and re­ward­ing snow­board­ing train­ing pro­grams and camps in Aus­tralia.

Mt Buller has been the base of Tran­si­tion Snow­board­ing for those 10 years.

“It was where we first coached rid­ers like Scotty James, De­clan Vo­gel-Paul and Lauren Stave­ley in their first few sea­sons on a snow­board,” Jar­rod said.

“We started the first Tran­si­tion pro­gram in 2004, with the camp house in Mer­ri­jig, at Buller’s base.

“Mt Buller has a su­perb va­ri­ety of ter­rain for our snow­board­ers to ride, with ev­ery­thing from easy green slopes and long blue cruis­ers to steep dou­ble black chutes.

“It has been home to the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools for more than 55 years and continues to be an epi­cen­tre for de­vel­op­ment snow­board­ing in Aus­tralia.

“TSC’s Mt Buller school hol­i­day and part time camps are the breed­ing ground for fu­ture coaches and ath­letes, and noth­ing beats a week trip to the re­sort.”

BACK ON BULLER: Tran­si­tion Snow­board Camps (TSC) will cel­e­brate its 10th year on Mt Buller this sea­son - coach­ing some up and com­ing young board­ers.

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