E: sales.mcourier@ne­me­dia.com.au Mt Buller to be­come of­fi­cial Win­ter Olympic train­ing cen­tre

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MT BULLER an­nounced last week that it will host an of­fi­cial Olympic train­ing cen­tre, mak­ing Mt Buller Vic­to­ria’s home for the devel­op­ment of fu­ture Olympic and world cham­pi­ons in aerial and mogul ski­ing.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral months of plan­ning and ne­go­ti­a­tions, a land­mark part­ner­ship has been reached be­tween the Olympic Win­ter In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia, Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia, Buller Ski Lifts, and the Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment Board.

The part­ner­ship will see Mt Buller ath­lete train­ing pro­grams recog­nised by the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee as an of­fi­cial Olympic train­ing cen­tre, and the only re­sort in Aus­tralia where Olympic ath­letes can live on moun­tain and train both day and night.

For­mal con­tracts will be fi­nalised in the com­ing months, and the cen­tre is ex­pected to be up and run­ning in time for win­ter 2018.

It will in­clude on­moun­tain ac­com­mo­da­tion for 20 ath­letes, an in­door ac­ro­batic fa­cil­ity, up­graded aeri­als site, ded­i­cated moguls course, ad­di­tional snow mak­ing, and lights so ath­letes can train into the night.

Olympic Win­ter In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia chair Ge­of­frey Henke said: “Win­ter sports have had re­mark­able suc­cess over the past decade, and now sit only be­hind swim­ming and sail­ing on cur­rent Olympic sport high per­for­mance rank­ings.

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce this part­ner­ship with Mt Buller to help more Aus­tralians reach the pin­na­cle of win­ter sport suc­cess for years to come.”

Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia chair Dean Gosper said: “Mt Buller has al­ways been an im­por­tant part­ner for our sport and in par­tic­u­lar aerial ski­ing.

“We are de­lighted to part­ner with the Olympic Win­ter In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia and Mt Buller to ex­tend their ath­lete train­ing pro­grams.

“We also wel­come the long term vi­sion of Mt Buller in sup­port­ing win­ter sport and are pleased to be ex­tend­ing the rights to host the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools at Mt Buller.”

Gino Grollo chair of the Grollo Group said: “Diana and our fam­ily have been part­ners with the Win­ter Olympic move­ment since Lille­ham­mer in 1994.

“Buller Ski Lifts has been a part­ner of the Olympic Win­ter In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia since its in­cep­tion in 1997, and we are very proud of the suc­cess that our win­ter ath­letes have en­joyed in the past and look for­ward to shar­ing the fu­ture suc­cesses that this new part­ner­ship will en­able.”

Buller Ski Lifts gen­eral man­ager Lau­rie Blampied added: “As part of this his­toric agree­ment, Buller Ski Lifts will be up­grad­ing the snow­mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties on the Chamois Run and in­stalling lights so that ath­letes can train day and night.

“We’re also ex­tend­ing our ar­range­ment to keep the tremen­dously suc­cess­ful Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships at Mt Buller for at least an­other five years.”

FLY­ING HIGH: Olympic gold medal­list Ly­dia Las­sila train­ing at Mt Buller on the ex­ist­ing Aerial site. WORLD CHAMP: Olympic gold medal­list Ly­dia Las­sila re­lax­ing be­tween jumps at Mt Buller.

Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment Board di­rec­tor Andy Evans said: “This is won­der­ful news for ath­letes, par­ents, chil­dren and vis­i­tors to Mt Buller.

“Young skiers will be able to watch their he­roes train right be­side the Vil­lage Square, then fol­low their dreams from ski school to the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools, in­volve­ment in Mt Buller Sports Clubs, and then on to an elite train­ing pro­gram – all right here at Mt Buller.

“And the FIS dual moguls course will also be open to all skiers when it’s not re­quired for train­ing.”

Pro­duc­ing more Aus­tralian Olympic, World Cham­pi­onship, and World Cup cham­pi­ons than any other re­sort, Mt Buller has a long and proud his­tory with aerial and mogul ski­ing.

Mt Buller has been the base for the Aus­tralian aerial ski­ing team since 1995, placed ath­letes on the na­tional moguls team for 25 years, and suc­cess­fully hosted 40 World Cup com­pe­ti­tions from 1997 – 2006.

The Olympic train­ing cen­tre will ce­ment Mt Buller as the Vic­to­rian home of aerial and mogul ski­ing for the next 20 years.

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