Press Release – Snowsports
Snow Sports NZ Names Team for Alpine World Junior Champs
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (14 February 2017) – Snow Sports NZ is pleased to name a group of 11 athletes to compete in the 2017 Alpine World Junior Championship in Are, Sweden from 6-14 March 2017.
The team is headlined by World Cup and FIS Alpine World Ski Championships competitor Piera Hudson, who place 16th in Giant Slalom at the World Junior Championship in Sochi in 2016 and was first in the 2015 Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) Standings.
“We have a diverse team for World Juniors,” said Alpine Manager, Hannah Hazeldine. “We look forward to being competitive in Sweden and using the Championships as a platform for the future.”
2017 Alpine World Junior Championships Team
Piera Hudson, Hawke’s Bay, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, (YOB 1996)
Eliza Grigg, Darfield, Mt Hutt Ski Club, (1996)
Georgia Willinger*, Calgary, CAN, Northern Snow Circus, (1997)
Elizabeth Reid*, Invercargill, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, (1998)
Georgia Bushell, Christchurch, Mt Hutt Ski Club, (1999)
Amelia Gillard, Lillehammer, NOR, Mt Hutt Ski Club, (2000)
Colbey Derwin*, Vail USA, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, (1997)
Jackson Rich*, Porirua, Mt Hutt Ski Club, (1998)
Sam Andrews, Wanaka, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, (1996)
Thomas Knowles, Auckland, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, (2000)
Ben Loeffen-Gallagher, Christchurch, Mt Hutt Ski Club, (1997)
*Athletes were unable to accept the invitation
Note: Athletes who were not fit to compete due to any injury or illness from which he/she is not expected to recover adequately by the time of the 2017 WSC were ineligible for consideration at the time of selection.