ALWAYS A LOCAL
Falls Creek and Mt Beauty are home to mogul skier and Olympian, Britt Cox.
Can you tell us about life as a kid in the North East?
I grew up in the Kiewa Valley. My family and I spent the winters in Falls Creek and then we lived down in Mt Beauty for the rest of the year. My brother and I switched between Falls Creek and Mt Beauty primary schools from summer to winter and we were never short of afterschool activities at both. Afternoons would always be busy with different sporting activities: skiing, swim squad, tennis and two different types of dancing.
Can you tell us briefly what you do now and where you are?
Growing up in Falls Creek provided me with some amazing opportunities to ski. I developed a particular passion for competitive mogul skiing through school competitions, and this inspired me to pursue a career as an athlete. I am now a full time athlete and spend almost eight months of the year away from home to train and compete both internationally and in Australia.
What did you love about growing up in the North East?
My favourite thing about growing up in the North East was that my backyard was literally a snow-covered mountain where I could ski after school and ski as a school sport. The geography of the North East provides epic opportunity for activities, and the close sense of community that exists in the Kiewa Valley meant that I got to enjoy many of those activities with my friends from school.
Let us know some of your career high points.
I have now competed in three Olympic Games and I’m the current World Champion for mogul skiing. My other career highlights include being the 2017 overall Freestyle World Cup Champion. I attribute much of this to the opportunities I had growing up in the North East.
What’s the first thing you do when you return to the North East?
I love coming back to Mt Beauty to explore the mountain bike trails. My ski coach introduced me to mountain biking in 2012, when I was training in Utah, USA. I can’t believe I had all these trails right on my back doorstep growing up and I didn’t even realise it. Now I love riding my bike and running the trails when I’m home.
After living away from the region, what is it about the North East that has always stayed with you?
I now spend a lot of time in Melbourne for training and university, but I’m a country girl at heart and always love coming home to escape the city. It may sound like a cliché, but I love the fresh air, the space and the quietness when I return to Mt Beauty. There’s also something welcoming and friendly about the community in the North East that you just don’t get in the city. I think that’s pretty special.