Wright springs sur­prise in race

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MARJORIE COOK

Wanaka cross coun­try skier Camp­bell Wright, 14, was sur­prised to find him­self on the podium at the On­tario Cup in Dun­troon, Canada on Jan­uary 15.

The ju­nior New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive didn’t have his own skis or boots with him, but signed up for the race and bor­rowed equip­ment from fam­ily friends.

By the time he’d fin­ished the two-day event, he’d claimed third in the clas­sic race and clocked the fastest skate time.

He was rac­ing in On­tario’s ‘‘midget’’ clas­si­fi­ca­tion, for boys born be­tween 2002-2004.

Re­sults were based on com­bined times, so Wright fin­ished sec­ond over­all in his cat­e­gory, only 0.44 sec­onds be­hind the win­ner, Damien Vialaret of On­tario.

Wright was ‘‘pretty happy’’ with the re­sult and look­ing for­ward to his next race – the FIS­sanc­tioned East­ern Cana­dian Cham­pi­onships – in early Fe­bru­ary.

He then re­turns to Wanaka to start the new school year at Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege.

Wright was named Snow Sports NZ Cross Coun­try Skier of the Year in 2016.

His ca­reer high­lights in­clude the men’s un­der-18 NZ Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Freestyle 2016, and sec­ond at the 2016 Joey Hop­pet (7km) in Aus­tralia.

In 2015 he won the New Zealand Age Group Cham­pi­onships 5km clas­sic (un­der 14).

GRAEME MUR­RAY

Braden Cur­rie, in yel­low, and Josiah Mid­daugh tackle the snow on Wanaka’s sky­line.

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