Delivered in partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and Ski & Snowboard Australia (Olympic Sports) and Ski & Snowboard Australia and Australian Paralympic Committee (Paralympic Sports), the NSWIS Winter Sports Program aims to support Australian winter sport athletes to become world’s best on the international stage.
The partnership is also supported by Perisher and Thredbo ski resorts providing world class on snow training and competition facilities, as well as the NSW Office of Sport through Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre providing world class off snow training facilities.
The program boasts successful freestyle mogul trio, Matthew Graham, Jakara Anthony and Britteny Cox. After debuting in Sochi, 2014 where he finished seventh at just 19 years old, Matthew Graham went on to claim silver in both the Men’s Moguls at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the Deer Valley World Championships in 2019. In doing so Graham became the first Winter Sport athlete to progress through the NSWIS development pathway to claim an Olympic medal. After narrowly missing a medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018 on debut, Jakara Anthony stepped up claiming a handful of World Cup medals before taking silver in the Women’s Moguls at the Deer Valley World Ski Championships in 2019. Britteny Cox was crowned Women’s 2017 Moguls World and World Cup Champion. Cox also narrowly missed an Olympic medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
In 2018 Jarryd Hughes continued to add to Australia’s international success, producing a silver medal performance at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Snowboard Cross, becoming the second Winter Sports athlete to progress through the NSWIS development pathway to claim an Olympic medal.
In the 2019 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour, Cam Bolton achieved his maiden World Cup gold medal in Feldberg, Germany, whilst fellow snowboarder Adam Lambert secured a World Cup silver medal at Baqueira, Spain.
Following her bronze medal performances in the Super Combined and the Giant Slalom at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics, Para Alpine Skier and three-time Paralympian Mel Perrine, added World Championship Gold to her results in 2019. Perrine and her guide Bobbi Kelly took home a full complement of medals in the visually impaired classification; securing gold in the Super Combined, silver in the Women’s Giant Slalom and Super G; and bronze in the Slalom.
Para snowboarder Ben Tudhope promises a bright future ahead for the program. At just 14, Tudhope became the world’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian, competing at both the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. Tudhope claimed silver at his first World Championships, adding to his dual gold medals in the Banked Slalom at the La Molina, Spain World Cup in 2019.
Para sit ski athlete Victoria Pendergast also reached the podium in 2019, achieving two World Cup medals in Giant Slalom at Veysonnaz, Switzerland.
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