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Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

By­ron, 20, started the year as a fi­nal­ist in the emerg­ing tal­ent cat­e­gory at the Hal­berg Awards but blew his ACL in win­ter. Un­able to ski he went and got his pri­vate heli­copter pi­lot’s li­cence. Beau-James, 17, was the sole freeskier to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Games in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria, where he was fourth and was named over­all ju­nior cham­pion for New Zealand. Jack­son, 14, was named over­all youth free ski cham­pion for NZ. Fa­ther and coach Bruce also had some success be­ing named Cen­tral Otago Coach of the Year. The fam­ily are cur­rently in Colorado train­ing and Jossi and By­ron will again com­pete at the X-Games late in Jan­uary. Mum Stacey re­mains in Wanaka where it is the busy sea­son at the swim school she runs.

Young Queen­stowner Sam Mawhin­ney

The lo­cal lad won sil­ver and bronze medals at the in­ter­na­tional karate event, the Kawata Cup, held in Mel­bourne in Novem­ber.

GodZone

2012 saw the re­turn of the longdis­tance ad­ven­ture race with 31 teams com­pet­ing in Godzone, be­tween Mil­ford Sound and Queen­stown, over nearly a week. It was the first such event since South­ern Tra­verse was dis­es­tab­lished seven years ear­lier. The 2013 Orion Health­spon­sored event is sched­uled for March and is al­ready at­tract­ing en­tries.

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