Matt Gra­ham crowned Ath­lete of the Year

Alpine News - - One The Slopes -

MATT Gra­ham has taken out the 2016 Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia (SSA) Ath­lete of the Year award af­ter an out­stand­ing sea­son, which saw him fin­ish sec­ond over­all in this sea­son’s Moguls World Cup.

In a sea­son of many highlights for Gra­ham, his great­est came at Deer Val­ley, Utah where he won his first World Cup Gold medal at the big­gest event of the year.

Gra­ham took the top award from Ae­ri­als ath­lete Danielle Scott, who had a su­perb sea­son to also fin­ish sec­ond over­all in the World Cup, and Snow­board Cross ath­lete Belle Brock­hoff, who won her first Gold medal at the fi­nal World Cup event of the sea­son, and fin­ished ranked third over­all.

Alpine Skier Mitch Gour­ley was named ParaSnows­port Ath­lete of the Year af­ter an out­stand­ing sea­son that saw him achieve nine World Cup podium finishes and third on the World Cup standings over­all.

The Snow­board Cross team took out the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment award af­ter a sea­son that saw them take home three World Cup Gold medals, as well as three sil­ver and one bronze.

2002 Olympic Gold medal­list Alisa Cam­plin pre­sented the Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year award to Snow­board Half­pipe ath­lete Emily Arthur.

Arthur won Sil­ver in the Half­pipe at the Win­ter Youth Olympic Games.

Other award re­cip­i­ents named at the gala function in Melbourne were:

Ris­ing Star - Madi­son Hoff­man (Alpine)

Coach of the Year - Ben Wordsworth & Har­ald Benselin (Snow­board Cross)

De­vel­op­ment Coach of the Year - Christoph Maier (Alpine)

Snows­ports School of the Year - Jind­abyne Cen­tral School

Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment of the Year for Small Schools - Wenona


STAR ATH­LETE: Matt Gra­ham was awarded ‘Ath­lete of the Year’ at the an­nual gala awards night pre­sented by Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia.

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