Chicks With Stix help­ing ladies with skills

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AN­OTHER highly suc­cess­ful grass-roots pro­gram men­tor­ing fe­male freestyle skiers and snow­board­ers, was held over the past week­end.

Chick With Stix helps the ladies to progress their skills, learn new tricks and gain con­fi­dence; a ros­ter of high pro­file skiers and snow­board­ers at­tend the ses­sions, giv­ing en­cour­age­ment and feed­back to par­tic­i­pants.

A se­ries of week­end work­shops aims to help fe­male skiers and board­ers progress their skills, get com­fort­able in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and add some new tricks to their repertoire.

Co-founder, skier and Olympic judge Zoe Ja­boor said “the idea be­hind CwS is to en­cour­age girls to par­tic­i­pate in snows­ports; freestyle ski­ing and snow­board­ing, two ar­eas that Aus­tralians are hav­ing a lot of in­ter­na­tional suc­cess with right now”.

And with the Win­ter Olympics less than a year away, all eyes will once again be on our fe­male ath­letes.

“I think that with the Olympics just around the cor­ner, Aus­tralian ath­letes are get­ting ready to show­case our amaz­ing sport to the rest of Aus­tralia,” Zoe said.

“Many of our CwS par­tic­i­pants and am­bas­sadors have both com­peted and judged at the Win­ter Olympics.

“CwS of­fers girls a chance to ski and board with the best snow-sports ath­letes in Aus­tralia and get an in­sight into what our sport has to of­fer.”

As well as in­spir­ing the up-and-com­ing ath­letes CwS pro­vides an out­let for so­cial con­nec­tion, self es­teem, fit­ness and pos­i­tive body im­age.

All men­tors agree on one thing - that ski­ing and board­ing has opened the doors to in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties, ad­ven­tures and friend­ships and at the heart of CwS is the desire to share that pos­i­tive vibe and en­cour­age girls to progress their skills and ul­ti­mately com­pete.

“Girl power may sound a bit corny but re­ally, that’s what we’ve got,” said Zoe.

FAM­ILY VISIT: En­joy­ing a spe­cial visit to Mt Buller to be pho­tographed in the snow are Sin­ga­po­r­ian fam­ily Saumya Ja­muar (fa­ther), Wendy Liew (mother) and chil­dren Reanne Liew-Ja­muar and Mia Liew-Ja­muar. PHOTO: Sealey Brandt

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