Event aims to boost num­bers

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

Creek this week­end. girl power on the snow the event is led by Aus­tralia’s best fe­male cross coun­try skiers.

Tak­ing place on Sun­day, July girls aged be­tween eight and 19, but there’s also a spe­cial over 19 group for ladies who want to im­prove their skiing dors in­clud­ing three-time Win­ter Olympian Es­ther Bot­tom­ley and Sochi team-mate Aimee Wat­son, will teach a range of ski skills through dy­namic and en­gag­ing sports based events.

Struc­tured around skill­based sta­tions, the pro­gram in­cludes de­vel­op­ment of con­fi­dence in down­hill tech­niques, laser biathlon, go­ing fast and hav­ing fun on skis. dor Es­ther Bot­tom­ley said she was thrilled to give back to a sport that has been good to her and wants to share her ex­pe­ri­ences with young girls in the hopes it will in­spire them. Am­bas­sador is my chance to put back into a sport that has given me so much,” she said.

“I have been very for­tu­nate to have skiing as a large part of my life. train­ing has taken me all over the world; to Europe, USA, Canada, Rus­sia, Ja­pan, China and New Zealand and I have com­peted in three Win­ter Olympics and six World Cham­pi­onships.

“By help­ing to de­liver these in­spir­ing events and share my cross coun­try ski story, my aim is to help young fe­male skiers im­prove their ath­letic skills and mo­ti­vate them to keep en­gaged in the sport, through their teenage years.”

Ms Bot­tom­ley said she felt it was im­por­tant to of­fer fe­males plenty of fun and so­cial out­lets within the sport­ing con­text.

“Cross coun­try skiing has been so much more to me than just a sport – it has been my ex­tended fam­ily, my com­mu­nity and my life,” she said. pic cross coun­try skier, Chan­dra Craw­ford and her team mates in the hopes to in­crease the re­ten­tion of girls in sport. or­gan­i­sa­tion in Canada, the United States and the inau­gu­ral

Sun­day, July 5 and the event

plus early bird reg­is­tra­tion, or day.

Cost in­cludes ski ac­tiv­i­ties, band and lots of fun.

De­tails can be found at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ fast-and-fe­male-at-falls-creek-

GIRL POWER: The 2014 Fast and Fe­male event was a huge suc­cess and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing young girls and women will sign up for some snow sport fun at this year’s event.

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