Volk­swa­gen Na­tional Team Launch

Ski & Snow - - Race Update - GS - NZ de­vel­op­ment team rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ben Grif­fin. Photo by: Chris Grif­fin (Canada).

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).

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