Liv­ing the life in new alps

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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.’’

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