Robin­son be­comes NZ’s gi­ant slalom champ

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

South Is­land skiers Alice Robin­son and Willis Feasey are of­fi­cially New Zealand’s fastest gi­ant slalom skiers.

They were amongst 60 fe­male and 84 male rac­ers com­pet­ing at the New Zealand Alpine Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and Coronet Cup at Coronet Peak this week.

For 15-year-old Queen­stown skier Robin­son, 15, it was her first In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion na­tional cham­pi­onship and she en­joyed com­pet­ing ‘‘with more in­ten­sity’’, she said.

‘‘I came here to­day re­ally want­ing to claim the ti­tle so it’s awe­some,’’ Robin­son said.

De­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Piera Hud­son, of Have­lock North and Wanaka, fin­ished fifth over­all and sec­ond fastest New Zealan­der.

In the men’s field, Feasey, of Twizel, claimed the na­tional Gi­ant Slalom ti­tle for the fourth year in a row com­ing in sec­ond be­hind Slo­vakia’s An­dreas Zampa.

His Queen­stown team mate Adam Barwood had a clean first run, ski­ing to third over­all and ready to ‘‘take more risks’’ on run two.

Barwood was sec­ond on the na­tional podium.

Porirua skier Jack­son Rich was the third fastest of the NZ men af­ter the first run.

The Na­tional Slalom Cham­pi­onship ti­tle will be con­tested on Wed­nes­day.

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