Volkswagen National Team Launch
Ski Racing New Zealand (SRNZ), the national governing body responsible for the administration and promotion of alpine ski racing in New Zealand launched it’s 2006/07 Volkswagen National Teams at Snowplanet Auckland on May 27th. Athletes were announced to the media and public and then took to the excellent facilities at Snowplanet for an hour on the snow, with young and old able to take a run with the team. The launch, held in conjunction with a dinner and fundraising auction was a huge success with over 100 friends, family and supporters attending. The 2006 selections are the first under the new selection criteria notified in August 2005. This sees the National Team criteria set at top 500 or better in the world in slalom, giant slalom or super-G and/or top 350 in downhill. The National Development Team now has an upper age of 20 for women and 21 for men, with a world rank by age of better than 500 in slalom, giant slalom and super-G and/or 150 in downhill. The Volkswagen National Team, at six athletes, is the strongest it has been for many years. 2006 Winter Olympians Nicola Campbell (20) and Mickey Ross (25), and Mark Bridgwater (20), who was unfortunately injured just prior to Olympic selection, retain their places on the team; they are joined by Michelle Greig, at 17 the youngest member of the team, plus Scott Gange and Janelle Miller. SRNZ is very pleased to have these latest additions added to the team, Scott and Janelle have both recently changed their International Federations from Australia and Canada respectively in order to become eligible for the team. The Volkswagen Development Team also has a team of six. Tim Cafe (18), Andrew Greig (20), Sarah Jarvis (19) and Ben Griffin (19) all retain their place on the team; they are joined by new members Alice Ralston (16) and Leighton Winsloe (17).