Living the life in new alps
The chance to grab a national title from the Snowboard National Championships in Cardrona was an opportunity Taumarunui High School exchange student Niklas Meindl was not going to pass up.
The 17-year-old from Switzerland was all set to compete in five categories this week, starting Tuesday, and putting his skills to the test over three days.
Meindl recently came second at the North Island Championships for Slopestyle and the Waikato Champs where he won first for Slopestyle, including second for Giant Slalom.
The Year 13 student felt he had a good chance of placing well in the competition even though this will be his first time at Cardrona.
Support from sponsors and the school has made it possible for Meindl to compete.
‘‘I think I have a fair chance at taking out a few of these competitions.
‘‘I’ve never competed against anyone in the South Island so it’s going to be a completely new environment.’’
Meindl knows it’s going to be tough trying to take out the National title but he has mentally and physically prepared himself for the challenge.
‘‘I’ve pushed myself a lot since I’ve been in New Zealand.
‘‘It teaches you a lot of life lessons as well, like you work for it, you land it and your happy and you don’t stop.’’