Mapei Snowvision McKenzie ski scholarships
Four of the new McKenzie scholarships have been handed out to promising new ski talent so far this winter at two Mapei Junior Races for 6 – 12 year olds. Eliza Grigg, nine, a great grand-daughter of 1928 All Blacks captain Maurice Brownlee, and Jake McConnell, eight, of Methven received scholarships after the opening races at Mt Hutt. At Treble Cone an Auckland girl and a Ranfurly boy, on borrowed gear, won the Mapei Snowvision McKenzie national ski scholarships.
A ten-year old Auckland girl who learned to ski in Auckland last year and a Ranfurly boy who skied in borrowed gear have earned national ski scholarship after the second series of Mapei races at Treble Cone. Auckland’s Sophie Corser, who only learned to ski at Snowplanet in Auckland in April last year, skied for Kristen School into third place in her age group event. Nick Pascoe, 11, from Loganburn Station, Paerau near Ranfurly, skied his way to a Mapei Snowvision scholarship on borrowed gear. Corser is in involved in swimming, hockey and cross country at representative level and Pascoe is a rugby rep. MT Hutt Mapei Race had a field of over 70 young skiers and the Treble Cone series attracted 109, the biggest ever field in the series. Snowvision this year revived the McKenzie ski scholarships with financial support from Sir Roy McKenzie and sponsors ABN AMRO Craigs and Mapei to help promising young NZ skiers and help develop New Zealand’s future on snow. IT’S BACK! After a successful first event, the Marmot Extreme Skiing and Boarding Comp is back and with an even greater prize and cash pool!
Currently the prize pool is around $45,000, with a few more sponsors to come onboard to take it to the $50,000 mark! The 1st placed male skier will win at least $1,500 in cash plus other prizes. The Marmot Extreme Comp is the only Big Mountain competition in New Zealand that includes skiing and snowboarding. The Comp is open to everyone, 18yrs and older, who would like to come out and win some cash. The Comp will be held on the extreme slopes of the Whakapapa Ski Area on Mt. Ruapehu from September 23rd to 26th 2006. Mt. Ruapehu is located in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island and has some of the most extreme inbounds skiing available in the Southern Hemisphere. Already there have been some big names within the freeskiing scene who will be coming to Mt Ruapehu for the event. Ex Mt Ruapehu Pro Patroller and sponsored Marmot skier Geoff Small will either be competing or judging. This is a huge boost for the event as Geoff was seven times New Zealand Big Mountain Freeskiing Champion, 3 times North American Freeski Champion, Molsen Canadian Freeski Champion and the list goes on! Nigel McKissock, who has competed in the North American Freeskiing Circuit and has also judged for the International Freeskiers Association, will be involved in the event. Last year there were competitors from England, New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, the US and Switzerland. No doubt there will be many more this year. “I have worked at ski areas in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US and the in-bounds extreme terrain here is as good as any overseas resort. I thought it would be an awesome idea to take advantage of that and run an exciting competition with big prize money and quality skiers and boarders,” says Mt. Ruapehu Marketing Coordinator Tim Wilkinson.
More info contact: Tim Wilkinson - email@example.com
Tim Heggarty at last year’s event. Photo by: Malcom Pullman