Lo­cal ski in­struc­tors place well in Hop­pet

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IT was great suc­cess for the Stir­ling Ex­pe­ri­ence crew in the Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet at Falls Creek re­cently.

Head ski in­struc­tor and cross coun­try ski coach Varhur Tep­pan fin­ished sec­ond in the Thurs­day night sprints and fourth out­right in the 42km Hop­pet marathon.

Joosep Tam­memae and Siim Eilo fin­ished 20th and 27th re­spec­tively from an in­ter­na­tional field of more than 1000 com­peti­tors.

Be­ing part of the World Lop­pet Cross Coun­try Ski­ing race se­ries, the Hop­pet at Falls Creek is pos­si­bly the largest open snow sports com­mu­nity race in Aus­tralia at­tract­ing some of the finest ath­letes from across the world.

The Stir­ling Ex­pe­ri­ence team, all Es­to­nian cross coun­try ski in­struc­tors, work­ing in the Mt Stir­ling Ski School this win­ter, were pleased with their re­sult and im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the 42km marathon skied out to Mt McKay as a cool down ex­er­cise in what they say is the first of their train­ing in their aim to reach the Es­to­nian Soul 2016 Win­ter Olympic team.

Di­rec­tor of the Mt Stir­ling Ski School, Craig Jones, con­grat­u­lated the boys for their out­stand­ing ef­fort and thanked them for their ded­i­cated work on Mt Stir­ling through­out the sea­son.

He also thanked the school stu­dents who took part in the Stir­ling Ex­pe­ri­ence Cross Coun­try race squad and were trained by th­ese three great Es­to­nian in­struc­tors and wished all the best for the in­ter­schools na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to be held at Per­isher.

PHOTO: Craig Jones

TOP GUYS: Mt Stir­ling’s three Es­to­nia ski in­struc­tors all placed well in the re­cent Falls Creek Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet event - us­ing it as a train­ing ex­er­cise in readi­ness for the next Win­ter Olympics.

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