Adaptive skiiers up against global best
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.