Wright springs surprise in race
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).
Braden Currie, in yellow, and Josiah Middaugh tackle the snow on Wanaka’s skyline.