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 facilities, as well as the NSW Office of Sport through Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.
The program boasts some talented alumni including three time Olympian Torah Bright. At her second Olympic Games Bright carried the Australian flag in the Opening Ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics and after crashing on the first of her two runs in the Snowboard Halfpipe final she produced a manoeurve performed by no other female snowboarder to win Olympic gold. Bright returned to the Games in 2014 and became the first competitor to compete in three snowboard events at the same Games (Slopestyle, Snowboard Cross and Halfpipe). Impressively, she produced another medal winning performance to win silver in the women’s Halfpipe.
In 2018 Matt Graham and Jarryd Hughes produced two silver medal performances at the Pyeongchang Olympics, in Freestyle Moguls and Snowboard Cross respectively, with Matt becoming the first Winter Sport athlete to progress through the NSWIS development pathway to claim an Olympic medal. At the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, Para Alpine Skier and three time Paralympian Mel Perrine won two bronze medals, in the Super Combined and the Giant Slalom.
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