Mapei Snowvi­sion McKen­zie ski schol­ar­ships

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Four of the new McKen­zie schol­ar­ships have been handed out to promis­ing new ski tal­ent so far this win­ter at two Mapei Ju­nior Races for 6 – 12 year olds. El­iza Grigg, nine, a great grand-daugh­ter of 1928 All Blacks cap­tain Mau­rice Brown­lee, and Jake McCon­nell, eight, of Methven re­ceived schol­ar­ships af­ter the open­ing races at Mt Hutt. At Tre­ble Cone an Auck­land girl and a Ran­furly boy, on bor­rowed gear, won the Mapei Snowvi­sion McKen­zie na­tional ski schol­ar­ships.

A ten-year old Auck­land girl who learned to ski in Auck­land last year and a Ran­furly boy who skied in bor­rowed gear have earned na­tional ski schol­ar­ship af­ter the sec­ond se­ries of Mapei races at Tre­ble Cone. Auck­land’s So­phie Corser, who only learned to ski at Snow­planet in Auck­land in April last year, skied for Kris­ten School into third place in her age group event. Nick Pas­coe, 11, from Lo­gan­burn Sta­tion, Paerau near Ran­furly, skied his way to a Mapei Snowvi­sion schol­ar­ship on bor­rowed gear. Corser is in in­volved in swim­ming, hockey and cross coun­try at rep­re­sen­ta­tive level and Pas­coe is a rugby rep. MT Hutt Mapei Race had a field of over 70 young skiers and the Tre­ble Cone se­ries at­tracted 109, the big­gest ever field in the se­ries. Snowvi­sion this year re­vived the McKen­zie ski schol­ar­ships with fi­nan­cial sup­port from Sir Roy McKen­zie and spon­sors ABN AMRO Craigs and Mapei to help promis­ing young NZ skiers and help de­velop New Zealand’s fu­ture on snow. IT’S BACK! Af­ter a suc­cess­ful first event, the Mar­mot Ex­treme Ski­ing and Board­ing Comp is back and with an even greater prize and cash pool!

Cur­rently the prize pool is around $45,000, with a few more spon­sors to come on­board to take it to the $50,000 mark! The 1st placed male skier will win at least $1,500 in cash plus other prizes. The Mar­mot Ex­treme Comp is the only Big Moun­tain com­pe­ti­tion in New Zealand that in­cludes ski­ing and snow­board­ing. The Comp is open to ev­ery­one, 18yrs and older, who would like to come out and win some cash. The Comp will be held on the ex­treme slopes of the Whaka­papa Ski Area on Mt. Ruapehu from Septem­ber 23rd to 26th 2006. Mt. Ruapehu is lo­cated in the cen­tre of New Zealand’s North Is­land and has some of the most ex­treme in­bounds ski­ing avail­able in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. Al­ready there have been some big names within the freeski­ing scene who will be com­ing to Mt Ruapehu for the event. Ex Mt Ruapehu Pro Pa­troller and spon­sored Mar­mot skier Ge­off Small will ei­ther be com­pet­ing or judg­ing. This is a huge boost for the event as Ge­off was seven times New Zealand Big Moun­tain Freeski­ing Cham­pion, 3 times North Amer­i­can Freeski Cham­pion, Molsen Cana­dian Freeski Cham­pion and the list goes on! Nigel McKis­sock, who has com­peted in the North Amer­i­can Freeski­ing Cir­cuit and has also judged for the In­ter­na­tional Freeskiers As­so­ci­a­tion, will be in­volved in the event. Last year there were com­peti­tors from Eng­land, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, France, Canada, the US and Switzer­land. No doubt there will be many more this year. “I have worked at ski ar­eas in Europe, Aus­tralia, Canada and the US and the in-bounds ex­treme ter­rain here is as good as any over­seas re­sort. I thought it would be an awe­some idea to take ad­van­tage of that and run an ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion with big prize money and qual­ity skiers and board­ers,” says Mt. Ruapehu Mar­ket­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Tim Wilkin­son.

More info con­tact: Tim Wilkin­son - twilkin­son@mtru­apehu.com

Tim Heg­garty at last year’s event. Photo

by: Mal­com Pull­man

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