Heal­ing old wounds

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

AF­TER blow­ing out a knee in a hor­rific ac­ci­dent in Mt Hotham’s back­coun­try in 2012 Drew Jolow­icz didn’t know if he would ski again.

But af­ter mul­ti­ple surg­eries and 18 months of re­hab Jolow­icz took to the slopes again and now two years later is one of Hotham’s am­bas­sadors.

While images of Jolow­icz ski­ing have been used by Hotham mar­ket­ing in the past he is now of­fi­cially one of the ‘faces of the moun­tain’, join­ing Olympians Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullen, Greta Small and Katya Crema as a re­sort am­bas­sador.

“Grow­ing up in Bright and ski­ing at Hotham all my life it’s nice to be given that tag and rep­re­sent the moun­tain,” Jolow­icz said.

“To be in­cluded along­side the other three am­bas­sadors is pretty cool too, es­pe­cially when I didn’t know if I would ski again af­ter land­ing a jump awk­wardly and blow­ing my knee to pieces in 2012.

“That was on the Drift Cliffs which is out­side the re­sort boundaries and we were ac­tu­ally do­ing a photo shoot at the time.

“I rup­tured my ACL, PCL, MCL and tore both menis­cus’ and it was a bit of touch and go as to whether I was go­ing to keep my leg for the first week or so.

“Luck­ily I had a bril­liant sur­geon re­con­struct my en­tire knee and af­ter four surg­eries and 18 months of re­hab I was cleared to ski again.”

Af­ter a ten­ta­tive re­turn to the slopes when the 2014 win­ter came around Jolow­icz is now back in full flight do­ing what he loves al­beit with a bit more cau­tion.

“I tend to look for smoother lines and bet­ter snow nowa­days,” he said.

“Ski­ing ag­gres­sively is still the goal, but I def­i­nitely place a greater em­pha­sis on safety and be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate for years to come.

“Be­com­ing a par­ent has also changed my mindset, know­ing when to push it or tone it down is im­por­tant.”

The 33-year-old who is a painter for nine months of the year be­gan ski­ing when he was four and was a mem­ber of the Hotham Race Club be­fore switch­ing to freestyle ski­ing.

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