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.
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.