With the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games fast approaching, Hotham athlete Harry Laidlaw, 15, has something to be very excited about when it hits the gates in 88 days from now.
Laidlaw, an integral part of the Australian National Junior Squad has proven himself worthy of his place in the Australian Winter Youth Olympic team after sensational alpine results over the past couple of years, in particular his title as National U12 and U14 champion and most recently placing 10th in the National Giant Slalom.
Innsbruck, Austria will play host to Laidlaw and eight other talented Aussie youths as they represent Australia on the snow and the ice. The Australian team is likely to announce a further six 14-18 year old athletes to join them in Innsbruck.
With plenty on his plate, Laidlaw juggles skiing and study at Hotham as well as Vermont, USA.
Following a training block in Chile, Laidlaw is now back in the USA working on the moves that will place him ahead of the rest when it comes to performance time in Innsbruck in January 2012.
Laidlaw and the rest of the Australian team are in very capable hands as their Chef de Mission, Winter Olympic medallist Alisa Camplin, leads them to this world class event.
IMAGE: Harry Laidlaw representing Australia, by Brett Smalley.
18 October 2011