Adap­tive ski­iers up against global best

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Wanaka’s best adap­tive snow sports ath­letes are al­ready plan­ning for New Zealand’s Win­ter Games, sched­uled for 10 days at the end of Au­gust.

The pro­gramme in­cludes two In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee Alpine Ski­ing (IPCAS) South­ern Hemi­sphere Cup (SHC) events.

Wanaka alpine skiers Corey Peters, Adam Hall and snow­boarder Carl Mur­phy are on the list of likely com­peti­tors.

Peters is the cur­rent IPCAS down­hill and Su­per-G dual world cham­pion and 2014 Win­ter Par­a­lympic Gi­ant Slalom sil­ver medal­list.

Adam Hall is the 2010 Win­ter Par­a­lympic Slalom gold medal­list.

Both ath­letes spend their New Zealand win­ters in Wanaka and com­pete in the North­ern Hemi­sphere sea­son.

The IPCAS events hosted at Coro­net Queen­stown.

Win­ter Games NZ made global snow sports his­tory in 2009 by com­bin­ing adap­tive and able­bod­ied ath­letes in an elite event.

Event chief ex­ec­u­tive Arthur Klap said he was proud of this tra­di­tion and look­ing for­ward to

will be Peak in wel­com­ing adap­tive ath­letes back to the South­ern Alps.

‘‘From the very be­gin­ning we put adap­tive events at the heart of our sports pro­gramme.

‘‘Pro­vid­ing a plat­form for New Zealand adap­tive ski rac­ers to com­pete against the best in the world on home snow can only help with the devel­op­ment of our in­spi­ra­tional ath­letes and the sport as a whole,’’ he said.

‘‘The suc­cess of home­grown stars like Corey Peters, Adam Hall and snow­boarder Carl Mur­phy has put New Zealand adap­tive snow sports on the map.

‘‘There are huge benefits in stag­ing elite-level com­pe­ti­tion for adap­tive ath­letes at the same time and venues as FIS World Cup and other events – not only from a fi­nan­cial point of view, but also to max­imise me­dia cov­er­age and en­cour­age grass­roots par­tic­i­pa­tion.’’

Peters said he had en­joyed a fan­tas­tic year, start­ing with a suc­cess­ful cam­paign in Sochi and, more re­cently, his world cham­pi­onship ti­tles in Panorama, Canada.

‘‘Most of our races are in North Amer­ica and Europe so it’s al­ways re­ally ex­cit­ing to get the op­por­tu­nity to race on home soil. There are a lot of peo­ple that put in a huge amount of ef­fort to make th­ese events pos­si­ble so I’m re­ally pumped to be in­volved and get the chance to bring more ex­po­sure to the sport and show­case some of our skills,’’ he said.

The games will also fea­ture four FIS Freestyle Ski­ing and Snow­board World Cups plus Big Air Con­ti­nen­tal Cups at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort.

The Snow Farm will host three FIS Cross-coun­try Ski­ing Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) races. Coro­net Peak will host two FIS Alpine Ski­ing ANC races, while Naseby is home to an in­ter­na­tional curl­ing tour­ney.

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