Program continues to grow talent
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.hothamboarders.com. au.
EXPERT TIPS: Hotham Snowboarders Inc head coach Jake Hall is committed to developing young snowboarders in all areas of the sport.