Wanaka biath­lete to race at ju­nior world champs

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - MAR­JORIE COOK

Wanaka snows­ports ath­lete Louis Jones, 16, is cut­ting a lonely path to glory across Europe in one of New Zealand’s small­est sports - biathlon.

While his mates are back at school this week, the year 13 Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dent is train­ing and rac­ing in Italy and Slo­vakia with the Aus­tralian biathlon team, coached by Luca Bor­molini.

He will also have Aus­tralian sup­port when he races the ju­nior world cham­pi­onships this month in Italy be­fore re­turn­ing home in March.

Jones is one of the youngest com­peti­tors, so is com­pet­ing for ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘My big goal is to get a re­spectable fin­ish po­si­tion next year re­ally,’’ he said.

New Zealand has just two cross coun­try skiers com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally at the mo­ment. The other is Jones’ fel­low MAC stu­dent, Camp­bell Wright.

The Wanaka Biathlon Club was formed in 2009 and is not funded by SnowS­ports NZ

‘‘I was in Italy last sea­son as well, with the same [Aus­tralian] team, so it’s good to have some fa­mil­iar faces around. For me, there’s no prob­lem be­ing the only Kiwi. The Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence is prob­a­bly more fun this way,’’ Jones said.

He was grate­ful for sup­port from his par­ents, Jo and Scott Jones, and spon­sor Ros­sig­nol.


Louis Jones in ac­tion in Italy.

Mill­brook Re­sort near Queen­stown will co-host the NZ Open.

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