Mur­phy top ath­lete

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: NICK FLYVB­JERG

Top tier: A de­lighted Carl Mur­phy col­lects Snow Sports NZ’s over­all award for 2013.

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