AL­WAYS A LO­CAL

North East Living Magazine - - Contents - BRITT COX

Falls Creek and Mt Beauty are home to mogul skier and Olympian, Britt Cox.

Can you tell us about life as a kid in the North East?

I grew up in the Kiewa Val­ley. My fam­ily and I spent the win­ters in Falls Creek and then we lived down in Mt Beauty for the rest of the year. My brother and I switched be­tween Falls Creek and Mt Beauty pri­mary schools from sum­mer to win­ter and we were never short of af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties at both. Af­ter­noons would al­ways be busy with dif­fer­ent sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties: ski­ing, swim squad, ten­nis and two dif­fer­ent types of danc­ing.

Can you tell us briefly what you do now and where you are?

Grow­ing up in Falls Creek pro­vided me with some amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to ski. I de­vel­oped a par­tic­u­lar pas­sion for com­pet­i­tive mogul ski­ing through school com­pe­ti­tions, and this in­spired me to pur­sue a ca­reer as an ath­lete. I am now a full time ath­lete and spend al­most eight months of the year away from home to train and com­pete both in­ter­na­tion­ally and in Aus­tralia.

What did you love about grow­ing up in the North East?

My favourite thing about grow­ing up in the North East was that my back­yard was lit­er­ally a snow-cov­ered moun­tain where I could ski af­ter school and ski as a school sport. The ge­og­ra­phy of the North East pro­vides epic op­por­tu­nity for ac­tiv­i­ties, and the close sense of com­mu­nity that ex­ists in the Kiewa Val­ley meant that I got to en­joy many of those ac­tiv­i­ties with my friends from school.

Let us know some of your ca­reer high points.

I have now com­peted in three Olympic Games and I’m the cur­rent World Cham­pion for mogul ski­ing. My other ca­reer highlights in­clude be­ing the 2017 over­all Freestyle World Cup Cham­pion. I attribute much of this to the op­por­tu­ni­ties I had grow­ing up in the North East.

What’s the first thing you do when you re­turn to the North East?

I love com­ing back to Mt Beauty to ex­plore the moun­tain bike trails. My ski coach in­tro­duced me to moun­tain bik­ing in 2012, when I was train­ing in Utah, USA. I can’t be­lieve I had all th­ese trails right on my back doorstep grow­ing up and I didn’t even re­alise it. Now I love rid­ing my bike and run­ning the trails when I’m home.

Af­ter liv­ing away from the re­gion, what is it about the North East that has al­ways stayed with you?

I now spend a lot of time in Mel­bourne for train­ing and univer­sity, but I’m a coun­try girl at heart and al­ways love com­ing home to es­cape the city. It may sound like a cliché, but I love the fresh air, the space and the quiet­ness when I re­turn to Mt Beauty. There’s also some­thing wel­com­ing and friendly about the com­mu­nity in the North East that you just don’t get in the city. I think that’s pretty spe­cial.

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