Pro­gram con­tin­ues to grow tal­ent

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

NOW in its fourth year of ex­is­tence Hotham Snow­board­ers Inc (HSi) con­tin­ues to de­velop the skills and tech­niques of tal­ented young snow­board­ers through the guid­ance of some of the best coaches around.

The not-for-profit pro­gram is fully ac­cred­ited by Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia (SSA) and of­fers as­pir­ing snow­board­ers the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue the sport through the SSA’s de­vel­op­ment path­ways.

The pro­gram is de­signed around the core prin­ci­ple of the sport, hav­ing fun, and caters for ac­com­plished board­ers be­tween the ages of 8 and 17 who have com­pleted level five (or equiv­a­lent) at Ski School and are look­ing to fur­ther de­velop their skills.

“The big­gest thing is we fol­low the SSA coach­ing struc­tures so the kids are get­ting sim­i­lar train­ing to what the coun­try’s best Olympic ath­letes get,” HSi pres­i­dent Tom Bur­dekin said.

“It’s for those kids who have gone past ski school and are look­ing to go to that next level.

“The main fo­cus is on gen­eral rider im­prove­ment but we are also here to de­velop the skills of riders in what­ever area they want to com­pete in whether it be boarder cross, slalom, slopestyle or freestyle rid­ing.

“Kids also have the chance to ride with some of the coun­try’s best snow­board­ers when they visit the moun­tain, they rode with Han­nah Trig­ger last year and Chumpy Pullin as well.”

The club of­fers a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pro­grams from their main de­vel­op­ment squads to school hol­i­day and week­end pro­grams with board­ers re­ceiv­ing spe­cialised coach­ing with video analy­ses, course analy­ses and goal set­ting.

The de­vel­op­ment team con­sists of 30 days of train­ing and caters for rider’s 12-17 with the pro­gram de­signed to achieve the riders in­di­vid­ual goal in snow­board­ing whether that be in in rac­ing or freestyle events.

The Grom Squad is also a 30 day pro­gram cater­ing for chil­dren aged 8-11 and is an op­por­tu­nity for the kids to have fun, learn new skills and ex­pe­ri­ence com­pet­i­tive snow­board­ing at the en­try level.

Mr Bur­dekin said the club hopes to ex­pand its reach and pro­vide other train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

“We are look­ing at hav­ing more in­di­vid­u­alised pro­grams and will be in­tro­duc­ing dry land train­ing pro­grams for the kids this year,” he said.

“We have plans

in the pipeline to have kids com­pete at more events away from Hotham and hope they will be able to fol­low events around Vic­to­ria and NSW.

“And we also want to branch out to lo­cal school squads and get them in­volved in the pro­gram.

“There are some tal­ented snow­board­ers around so we want to try and max­imise that tal­ent and build a cul­ture here that pro­vides the best op­por­tu­nity for kids to be­come high level ath­letes in the sport.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hotham­board­ au.

EX­PERT TIPS: Hotham Snow­board­ers Inc head coach Jake Hall is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing young snow­board­ers in all ar­eas of the sport.

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