Hotham welcomes Australian Olympians Damon Haylor and Alex Pullin who will base themselves here over the coming weeks to train for the FIS Australian New Zealand Continental Cup.
Both athletes return to Hotham after commendable performances at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, along with Olympic Winter Institute coach Ben Wordsworth who is here to coach the Australian Boarder Cross (SBX) Development Team alongside Damon.
Alex qualified fastest in the field for both first and second runs at Vancouver in the SBX before finishing in 17th place for the finals. He then went on to take first place in Italy at the Valmalenco World Cup and followed up taking second place at the La Molina World Cup in Spain.
Damon Haylor placed 10th in the SBX finals in Vancouver after winning a World Cup in January 2009 at Bad Gastein, Austria.
The self funded Australian SBX Development Team aims to create a pathway for Australian athletes to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The team will be competing in the FIS SBX races which will run on 7 – 8 August and during the week of 14 – 22 August. Some of these eager youngsters will also be competing in the Australian Junior Snowboard Series which will kick off this Saturday here at Hotham.
Hotham’s Rider Cross track next to Roadrunner Chairlift is currently under construction for the upcoming SSA and FIS events.
21 July 2010