Dual Winter Olympian Belle Brockhoff has secured the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award as part of the 2020 Snow Australia Awards for her awe inspiring comeback season.
And after making history at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, claiming Australia’s first ever gold medallist, fellow NSW Institute of Sport snowboarder Josie Baff was named as Junior Athlete of the Year.
In other awards, OWIA Snowboard Cross coaches Harald Benselin and Jan Klemsa were named as 2020 Snow Australia Coaches of the Year.
The pair work closely with NSWIS athletes and were instrumental in Olympian Belle Brockhoff’s return to snow after the NSW Institute of Sport athlete was sidelined with an ACL injury. Brockhoff made a spectacular return during the 2019-2020 world cup season winning three bronze, one silver and one gold World Cup medals.
The coaching duo also helped Cameron Bolton (NSWIS) to multiple World Cup podiums throughout the season and worked with Adam Dickson (NSWIS) who achieved his first World Cup podium in the final event of the season.
Snow Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Kennedy said it seemed only fitting to kick off the online awards with a celebration of the next generation.
“Josie achieved something outstanding in Lausanne, something that no Australian before her has been able to achieve. She has a bright future ahead of her and I’m excited to see what she does next,” Kennedy said.
Belle Brockhoff is a very deserving recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for Kennedy.
“The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to someone who has not only achieved outstanding results but has also overcome setbacks or adversity in doing so. In 2020 there was no one more deserving of the award than Belle,” Kennedy said.
“I know how hard she worked not only to return to snow, but return to the form she was in before her injury and I think this season she exceeded even her own expectations.