Top spot for freeskier
Cardrona-based freeskier Janina Kuzma finished second in the FIS Freeski World Cup tour in France last week. Canada’s Cassie Sharpe won the halfpipe World Cup final in Tignes, France, while the runnerup spot went to Ayane Onozuka, of Japan. Kuzma, despite a handful of errors, said she was pleased with her season’s performance overall but she was disappointed on the night. She said she was training for the next tour at the Winter Games in New Zealand during August.
Duncan’s debut dazzles
Queenstown-based snowboarder Duncan Campbell, 18, made a successful World Cup debut, finishing 10th in the men’s snowboard cross at the first race of the World Cup tour in Switzerland. The teenager was one of the youngest competitors in the 60-competitor field. ‘‘After a couple of passes and a couple of seized opportunities I ended up taking 10th, I’m so stoked. I’m happy that I rode well but there are a lot of things to learn from,’’ Campbell said.
Northburn competitors show support
The Northburn 100 Ultra Marathon gets under way on Saturday with 65 competitors having entered the 50-kilometre race, including previous winners of the 100-mile event. The 100-mile event was cancelled this year while a WorkSafe NZ investigation was taking place on the property following the death of a farm worker on the station last year. There was also a half marathon and kids’ adventure run on the day, with a barbecue put on by the Goldfields Primary School whanau group, he said. Registrations for the 50km would be open until Friday at Northburn Station, otherwise people competing in the other events could register on race day.