Ski and Snow­board Awards

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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.

PHO­TOS: Steve Cuff

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.

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