Tre­ble Cone world cup thrills Mur­phy

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

World Cup para snow­board­ing is back on the 2017 Win­ter Games NZ pro­gramme, af­ter a five year hia­tus.

Pro­fes­sional adap­tive snow­boarder Carl Mur­phy is de­lighted with the an­nounce­ment by Win­ter Games NZ and Tre­ble Cone Ski Area.

Para snow­board­ing was held for the first time at the 2011 Win­ter Games. It has not been on the cal­en­dar since then be­cause the Snow Park venue closed.

Mur­phy said snow­board­ing was a grow­ing sport on the Par­a­lympic sched­ule.

‘‘It is awe­some to see Win­ter Games NZ host a World Cup on my doorstep in 2017.

‘‘For me to be able to race a World Cup at home is very ex­cit­ing. Lin­ing up against the best para snow­board­ers with Wanaka in the back­ground will be pretty mo­ti­vat­ing and I will have a slight ad­van­tage by not hav­ing to travel long dis­tances to com­pete. Know­ing the Tre­ble Cone ter­rain so well also has its up­side,’’ Mur­phy said.

Win­ter Games NZ sports man­ager Iona Bent­ley said it was fan­tas­tic that Tre­ble Cone was host­ing the 2017 event and ex­cit­ing for the games to be able to spread the sports pro­gramme across the re­gion’s venues.

Tre­ble Cone mar­ket­ing and sales man­ager So­phie Luther said the Para-Snow­board World Cup was a log­i­cal ex­ten­sion of the an­nual Tre­ble Cone Banked Slalom.

‘‘We were look­ing to build on that event and at the same time were very keen to be in­volved with Win­ter Games NZ, which is recog­nised as the premier snow sports event in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

‘‘It seemed a per­fect fit and by host­ing the World Cup we can pro­vide both New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional para athletes with the chance to train at Tre­ble Cone and com­pete in a world-class event,’’ Luther said.

The World Cup Banked Slalom will be an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for Mur­phy to qual­ify for the 2018 Win­ter Par­a­lympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea.

He has suc­cess­fully re­turned to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an in­jury break.

The 2015 X-Games sil­ver medal­list rup­tured his left knee in Jan­uary 2015 and then in­jured it again in Fe­bru­ary this year.

The 39-year-old said he ex­pected a strong field of in­ter­na­tional rid­ers at the Win­ter Games.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Wanaka Par­a­lympian snow­boarder Carl Mur­phy.

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