Robinson becomes NZ’s giant slalom champ
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.