A selection of images from the Australian Junior Championship Classic Sprint at Perisher last Saturday July 26.
On Sunday 27th July the third of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events, the Bullfight Charge, took place. Many thanks to the Mt. Bullfight Ski Club and the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort for putting on another fun and fast event. The hilly Lake Mountain trails give the event a unique flavour.
The snow cover was excellent and the weather was of course perfect. Sunny with a dry wind that kept the snow fast and crisp for almost the entire race. The race started at Helicopter flat and took in Woollybutt and Muster trails via Echo flat. The early hills on Woollybutt were certainly a challenge, but once they were done everything else was easy in comparison.
These results include only those people who had registered by Sunday 27th of July. More names will be added to the results as additional people register.
In the women’s competition Zoe Beanland and Casey Wright leapt into 2nd and 4th place respectively, after some great results in the Charge. Anna Trnka still holds on to First place, but only just. With additional registrations expected from the many Ivanhoe Girls who competed, we might see some more movement in the top ten. In the Men’s competition there has been no change in the top four except Kevin Tory is now 122 points clear being the only skier to compete in all three events. Len Budge and Peter Holmes now move into the top ten after making up for missing the first event. There are still fewer than 12 people aged 25 and under in each of the male and female competitions, which means all who have competed in one or more event are still in the running for the cash prizes. Don’t be complacent though, we’re expecting a rush of registrations.
The next event is the Pub to Pub (also known as the Hotham to Dinner Plain) this Saturday (2 August). Race start 11am, 12 km (Freestyle technique). This is another great event so don’t miss it.
The 2014 Australian Junior Championships for Cross Country Skiing was held last weekend July 26-27 at Perisher in NSW. This was the first time this event was held separately to the Australian Open Championship since 2004, and was deemed a great success by athletes an organisers alike. Nearly 100 athletes between the ages of 9 and 19 took part in the competitions over the weekend, which featured a Classic Sprint, Freestyle Distance races, and the trial of a new event, the “XC Cross”.
The Open Junior Champions over the weekend were Katerina Paul from Taggerty (Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club) and Damon Morton from Marlo (NSW XC Ski Team), who cleaned up in both the Sprint and Distance championship events. Full results for all championship categories are linked below in PDF format.
- 2014_AUS_Junior_ Sprint_Qualification Results
- 2014_AUS_Junior_ Sprint_Finals Results
- 2014_AUS_Junior_Distance Results
The non-championship XC Cross event was well received by athletes and spectators alike. The course featured a series of banked corners, table-tops, rollers and jumps, and finished with a skating uphill section. Athletes first skied a time trial then competed in heats of three. A number of athletes launched themselves off the jumps and the head to head racing action was very spectacular.
The 2014 Victorian Junior Championships were held last weekend July 19-20 at Falls Creek, organised by the Wangaratta Ski Club. Perfect racing conditions greeted the competitors throughout the weekend, which featured Freestyle Sprints on the Saturday and Classic Distance races on the Sunday. In the Open Junior categories Kat Paul from Taggerty and Hamish Roberts from Canberra won on both days. Full results from the Sprint Qualification Time Trial and the Distance races are linked below in PDF format: