Na­tional Team Volk­swa­gen Launch

Ski & Snow - - Race Update - The Volk­swa­gen Na­tional Team and Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Team ath­letes with Jar­rod Ho,Volk­swa­gen Brand Man­ager Back L to R: Ben Grif­fin, Andy Greig, Tim Cafe, Mickey Ross, Jar­rod Ho (VW), Scott Gange, Mark Bridg­wa­ter, Nils Coberger (coach) Front L to R: Le

All the team was present at the launch with the ex­cep­tion of Janelle who was over in Canada fi­nal­is­ing her plan­ning for the up­com­ing sea­son.

It is over ten years since the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion has run a Na­tional Teams train­ing pro­gramme, the re­sults of the pro­gramme set up in early 2005 are al­ready be­gin­ning to bear fruit with Ni­cola Camp­bell scor­ing the best fe­male In­ter­na­tional gi­ant slalom re­sult in re­cent his­tory, Mark Bridg­wa­ter scor­ing 4 top 15 places at the No­rAm speed events at Lake Louise, and 3 alpine ath­letes se­lected to the 2006 Olympic Win­ter Games; Ni­cola Camp­bell and Erika McLeod com­peted in the slalom and gi­ant slalom, Ni­cola com­ing home a cred­itable 35th with Erika in 40th, nei­ther girl fin­ished the test­ing gi­ant slalom course. Mickey Ross com­peted in the slalom only, and af­ter a dis­as­trous first run re­deemed him­self on the sec­ond run to fin­ish in 31st place. Fol­low­ing the Win­ter Games Mickey had a great run of re­sults tak­ing to the podium 3 times in slalom, his pre­ferred dis­ci­pline, fin­ish­ing the sea­son off with a 3rd at the Bri­tish Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. Erika has since re­tired but Ni­cola and Mickey, along with the rest of the team, are al­ready work­ing to­wards the World Cham­pi­onships in Are Swe­den in 2007 and onto the next Win­ter Olympics to be held in 2010 in Canada. Younger mem­bers of the teams will be fo­cussing on the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in Flachau Aus­tria. The Volk­swa­gen Na­tional Teams will be train­ing and com­pet­ing around New Zealand through­out the sea­son, watch out for them a their train­ing camps at Coronet Peak from July 12th, Mt Hutt from Au­gust 28th and Septem­ber 27th. The teams will be com­pet­ing at the South­ern Cup at Coronet Peak Au­gust 15-18; Volk­swa­gen Na­tional Cham­pi­onships Septem­ber 10-12; ANC Speed at Mt Hutt Septem­ber 13-14 and the ANC Fi­nals at Mt Ruapehu Septem­ber 18-21. When you see th­ese guys, shake their hands, make them feel spe­cial…. be­cause they are.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive - Sue Bridge­wa­ter calls out the NEW team.

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