2018 Aus­tralian Ski and Snow­board Awards

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AUS­TRALIA’S elite ski and snow­board ath­letes gath­ered in Mel­bourne in May to recog­nise the best achieve­ments from the 2017-2018 sea­son.

Aus­tralia’s top per­form­ers at the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games were recog­nised for their out­stand­ing re­sults dur­ing the sea­son.

Among the win­ners were Olympic sil­ver medal­lists Matt Gra­ham and Jar­ryd Hughes who jointly took home the pres­ti­gious Ath­lete of the Year Award. Par­a­lympic gold and bronze medal­list Si­mon Pat­more re­ceived the Par­a­lympic Ath­lete of the Year award.

Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia CEO Michael Kennedy said the 2017-2018 sea­son was a stand­out for Aus­tralia’s top snow sport ath­letes, with many wor­thy nom­i­nees and win­ners.

“The ath­letes along with their coaches and sup­port teams, have done a fan­tas­tic job across the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional sea­son, capped off with the amaz­ing per­for­mances in PyeongChang.

“The multi medal per­for­mances at both the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games com­bined with the out­stand­ing way our ath­letes pre­sented them­selves in the me­dia is a credit to them and their pro­grams. The Aus­tralian public are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly aware of how com­pet­i­tive we are as a na­tion on the in­ter­na­tional stage. There is an in­creas­ing ex­pec­ta­tion of suc­cess which can only be a good thing.

“The per­for­mances recog­nised at the Aus­tralian Ski and Snow­board awards sym­bol­ise both our cur­rent suc­cess and the fan­tas­tic prospects we have into the fu­ture,” he said.

AWARD WIN­NERS SNOWSPORT ATH­LETE OF THE YEAR

Win­ners: Matt Gra­ham and Jar­ryd Hughes Matt Gra­ham: Dual Olympian and New South Wales In­sti­tute of Sport ath­lete, Gra­ham im­proved on his sev­enth place in the men’s moguls at Sochi 2014 with a sil­ver medal at PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. On top of his 2018 Olympics suc­cess, Gra­ham also con­sis­tently reached the podium on the World Cup Cir­cuit plac­ing third on three oc­ca­sions and sec­ond once. Gra­ham has pre­vi­ously won this award in 2016.

Jar­ryd Hughes: Dual Olympian and New South Wales In­sti­tute of Sport ath­lete, Hughes de­liv­ered an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the Snow­board Cross fi­nal at the 2018 Win­ter Olympics to claim a sil­ver medal. His in­spi­ra­tional medal per­for­mance also saw him lead the Aus­tralian team out in the Clos­ing Cer­e­mony as the flag bearer. In 2014, Hughes was awarded Board­er­cross Ath­lete of the Year.

SNOWSPORT PAR­A­LYMPIC ATH­LETE OF THE YEAR

Win­ner: Si­mon Pat­more

Fol­low­ing his bronze medal in ath­let­ics at the 2012 Par­a­lympic Sum­mer Games, Pat­more be­came the sixth Aus­tralian to com­pete at the Sum­mer and Win­ter Par­a­lympic Games. In his first Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games, Si­mon Pat­more stole the show to break Aus­tralia’s 16-year gold medal drought when he won the snow­board cross at the PyeongChang Win­ter Par­a­lympic Games. He backed up his gold medal per­for­mance with a bronze medal in the banked slalom. Pat­more has pre­vi­ously WON Para-Snow­board Ath­lete of the Year in 2016.

JU­NIOR SNOWSPORT ATH­LETE OF THE YEAR

Win­ner: Jakara An­thony Mak­ing her Olympic Games de­but at 19-year­sold, Jakara An­thony had an out­stand­ing first out­ing in the Olympics arena and claimed fourth po­si­tion in the women’s moguls. It was an im­pres­sive first Olympic Games for the young­ster, who has shown she is one to watch for the fu­ture. Ear­lier in the year at the Deer Val­ley World Cup, Jakara made her first 6-skier Su­per Fi­nal and se­cured fifth place over­all.

RIS­ING STAR

Win­ner: Valentino Guseli It was another im­pres­sive sea­son for ju­nior Valentino Guseli, he has con­firmed he is a name to watch out for in the fu­ture. At the US Open men’s half­pipe qual­i­fy­ing within the top 30 of the se­nior men’s com­pe­ti­tion where he placed 22nd in the field of 30 as a 12-year-old. At the same event, Valentino com­peted in the Ju­nior Jam cat­e­gory and placed sec­ond over­all.

For the fourth year in a row Valentino was first over­all in his age group, in the 12/13 cat­e­gory this sea­son at the USA SA Na­tion­als with two gold, two sil­ver and a bronze medal.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Win­ner: Steve Deso­vich Steve Deso­vich was in­stru­men­tal in Matt Gra­ham’s sil­ver medal per­for­mance at PyeongChang 2018 and was key in the mogul pro­gram medalling six times in the 2018 sea­son. This is Deso­vich’s eighth time he has won Coach of the Year.

COACH OF THE YEAR (PAR­A­LYMPIC DIS­CI­PLINES)

Win­ner: Lukas Prem As Head Coach of the 2018 Par­a­lympic Para-Snow­board team, Prem con­trib­uted to Si­mon Pat­more’s gold and bronze medal per­for­mance as well as Ben Tud­hope and Sean Pol­lard’s PyeongChang Par­a­lympic Games.

DE­VEL­OP­MENT COACH OF THE YEAR

Win­ner: Pe­ter McNiel Pe­ter is re­spon­si­ble for train­ing the 2018 Ju­nior Snowsport Ath­lete of the Year award win­ner Jakara An­thony to fourth place in women’s moguls at PyeongChang2018 as well as her fifth place in the Deer Val­ley World Cup event. This is the third time McNiel has won De­vel­op­ment Coach of the Year, last win­ning it in 2015.

SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Win­ner: Canberra Gram­mar School

Joint ath­letes of the year Matt Gra­ham and Jar­ryd Hughes.

Aus­tralian Olympic and Par­a­lympic ath­letes.

Ju­nior ath­lete of the year Jakara An­thony (right) with fel­low mogul skier Madii Him­bury.

Par­a­lympic ath­lete of the year Si­mon Pat­more with team­mates.

De­vel­op­ment coach of the year Pe­ter McNiel (right) with Ed Fortey.

Pe­ter For­ras (mid­dle) from XTM and ath­letes with their XTM spon­sor­ship cheques.

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