Tauhara Col­lege sees high ski re­sults

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TA­MARA THORN

Tauhara Col­lege have ended their ski sea­son on a high at the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Ski Champs in Turoa last Tues­day.

There were 126 teams from 60 schools and over 600 stu­dents com­pet­ing. Tauhara Col­lege’s two teams walked away with the 4th and 15th plac­ings.

Hugo Cameron [18], com­peted in three com­pe­ti­tions in the North and South Is­lands plac­ing sec­ond and fourth at Mount Olym­pus and sec­ond at Mount Turoa in the Free Ride Tour.

He has since qual­i­fied for the world cham­pi­onship tak­ing in Jan­uary next year, but is un­sure where it will take him.

This is the sec­ond time Cameron will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the world cham­pi­onships. Last year he com­peted in Europe.

‘‘I’m stoked. I knew I had to go well,’’ he said, and his hard work has payed off.

Fynn Pow­ell [15] walked away with first place in the slalom un­der 16, an event where any­one can par­tic­i­pate, and twin brother Lach­lan Pow­ell came sixth in the sec­ondary school Slalom as part of a team of 5. Their team came fourth over all.

The Pow­ell broth­ers have since been in­vited to the Whistler Freeride in Canada, and will head over in De­cem­ber for three months. This is also the sec­ond year the boys have been in­vited.

The boys said the hard­est thing about tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion was the trav­el­ling and weather con­di­tions. Es­pe­cially on Mt Ruapehu.

Cameron said ‘‘Jug­gling school and ski­ing at the same time,’’ was also a chal­lenge as he had to keep up with his work.

As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal An­drea Mertens said she has the greatest re­spect for these stu­dents, as they come to school with no ex­cuses of be­ing tired and get on with the day.

She said ev­ery op­por­tu­nity counts when it comes to school and train­ing and ev­ery day off adds up.

For the rest of the Tauhara ski com­peti­tors Mertens said ‘‘Com­ing 4th and 15th out of 126 teams is a bril­liant re­sult.’’

She said the ski team fundraised for a rac­ing pro­gramme and train­ing by mak­ing break­fasts for the CACTUS pro­gramme for eight weeks and pro­vid­ing all of the food and sup­port for the long­est day.

Par­ents and care­givers also played a huge role in the stu­dents achieve­ments.

TA­MARA THORN/STUFF

Hugo Cameron [18], Lach Pow­ell [15] and Flynn Pow­ell got great re­sults at this years ski com­pe­ti­tion.

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