Murphy top athlete
World No 1 adaptive snowboard cross athlete Carl Murphy has won Snow Sports NZ’s overall award. Wanaka-based Murphy, who is a below-the-knee amputee, is ranked No 1 in the world by the IPC for the men’s snowboard cross. The first adaptive snowboarder in the New Zealand snowboard team, and a member since 2009, Murphy was named Snow Sports NZ’s adaptive athlete of the year and picked up the overall gong at the annual awards which were presented in Wanaka during the weekend. Highlights from this year include two gold medals in the men’s snowboard cross at the two-day IPCAS race in the Netherlands last November and a win in the men’s snowboard cross at the IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup in Canada in March. He also won bronze in a Paralympic test event in March, making him a real medal prospect for the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. The eldest of the Wanaka Wells boys, Jossi, was named Freeskier Athlete of the Year after results including a bronze in the Big Air at the 2012 X Games in Aspen, a silver in the slopestyle at the 2013 X Games in Tignes and a fourth in the Big Air at the Breckenridge Dew Tour. Wells is ranked second in the world in men’s freeskiing by the Association of Freeski Professionals. His father Bruce picked up the Coach of the Year award. Queenstown-based Adam Barwood was named alpine ski racer of the year after retaining his national championship titles in slalom and giant slalom this year. The men’s masters winner was Walter Underberger, of Wanaka and Nelson.
Top tier: A delighted Carl Murphy collects Snow Sports NZ’s overall award for 2013.