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Bright breezes to gold

Posted on December 16, 2013 by

NSWIS snowboarder Torah Bright kicked off her half-pipe season in style by winning gold in at the prestigious Dew Tour event in the USA over the weekend. Competing in the women’s super-pipe against a star-studded field, including a full squad of American athletes aiming for Olympic selection, Bright scored 95.4 points to take the title and signal her golden intentions ahead of next year’s Games. Fellow NSWIS athlete Kent Callister competed in the men’s super-pipe, finishing in 11th place in an equally impressive field. Skier Russ Henshaw also made an appearance on the podium after picking up bronze in the men’s slopestyle event. At one point Henshaw lost a ski and was forced to land on one leg thanks to the treacherous conditions, however he was eventually able to recover to post a score of 90.00 en route to bronze.

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Strong start for mogul skiers

Posted on December 16, 2013 by

NSWIS mogul skiers Britteny Cox and Matthew Graham have made an excellent start to the 2013/14 season following the opening round of the world cup in Finland. Cox was on song from the outset in the women’s freestyle event, finishing atop the standings after the qualification round, before finishing the first final in second place to move into the six-woman final. Another impressive performance from Cox saw the 19 year old finish her season debut in fourth place, just outside the medals. Fellow NSWIS athlete Graham moved into the first final after posting a score good enough for 10th in the qualification round, before moving up the field into fourth after the first final. Graham held on to that position in the final to finish fourth overall, equalling his performance from the world championships earlier this year. Fellow NSWIS athletes Brodie Summers, Sam Hall, Nicole Parks and Taylah Paige-O’Neill were also in moguls action, finishing 18th, 55th, 30th and 35th, respectively. The Finland event also saw snowboarders Steph Magiros and Alex Fitch competing, with the duo finishing 14th and 18th, respectively, in the women’s snowboard half-pipe. Elsewhere in world cup action, three NSWIS athletes competed at the ski cross event in France. Jenny Owens placed 18th in the women’s event, while Scott Kneller and Anton Grimus posted respective finishes of 30th and 35th. Rounding out the world cup results was John Farrow, who placed 13th in the men’s skeleton event in Lake Placid, USA.

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Hockeyroos take silver

Posted on December 9, 2013 by

The Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, has finished second at the 2013 FIH Women’s World League Finals in Argentina, falling to the Netherlands. After accounting for England 3-0 in the semi-final, the Hockeyroos, featuring NSWIS athletes Casey Eastham, Emily Smith, Kellie White and Kate Jenner, faced a strong Dutch team in the final of the inaugural event. A solid opening half saw the Australians lead 1-0 thanks to a goal in the sixth minute, with the Hockeyroos eventually entering the half-time break holding the slim lead. The second half was a different story however, with the Netherlands scoring five unanswered goals to take the title 5-1. Despite the tough loss the tournament provided an excellent foundation from which to build ahead of the 2014 FIH World Cup.

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Promising start for winter sports

Posted on December 9, 2013 by

NSWIS snowboarder Jarryd Hughes has made the best possible start to the 2013/14 Snowboard Cross World Cup season with a career best finish at the opening event in Austria. Hughes posted a career best finish of eighth in the men’s snowboard cross event in Montafon to begin the season on a high, notching the result in his first foray into competition after sustaining a series knee injury in February this year.  Hughes placed fifth in the semi final to move into the support final, eventually finishing second in that event to end the opening World Cup meet in eighth overall. Fellow NSWIS athlete Cam Bolton finished 19th overall in the men’s event, with Torah Bright and Belle Brockhoff finishing 20th and 13th, respectively. The 2013/14 Ski Cross World Cup also kicked off over the weekend with the first event in Nakiska, Canada. Only one of two planned events was run in Canada following extreme temperatures of -35 degrees, with Jenny Owens highlighting the results after a 16th place finish. Sami Kennedy-Sim finished in 30th place, while in the men’s event Anton Grimus was 19th.

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