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Aussie winter sports’ $10m game changer

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

Lydia Lassila

A water ramp facility in Lennox Head may see the return of four-time Winter Olympian Lydia Lassila

Key points:

  • A final decision will be handed down on the proposed Lennox Head water ramp facility at the NSW state budget on June 21
  • The facility would be a first in Australia and allow athletes to spend a significant portion of their year training domestically
  • The new pool would and certain facilities would be available for public use
  • It has potential to pave the way for the return of an on-snow aerials site at Mt Buller and a World Cup round.

It’s been almost a decade at the discussion table in one form or another but there’s cause for optimism that a new water jump facility for Australian winter athletes will be approved to be built at Lennox Head, this month.

The $10 million facility on the NSW north coast is thought to be earmarked for approval when the state budget is handed down on June 21.

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The future of Perisher

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Perisher

Perisher – big changes are in the offing. Pic: Perisher Facebook

On a whistlestop tour of Australia, The Snow Gauge caught up with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz (with a little help from local chief Peter Brulisauer) to talk all things Perisher:

Key points:

  • Expect some significant announcements ahead of next season
  • Snowmaking and new chairs the priorities; refurbed village after that
  • Approval still being sought for Superpipe build – won’t happen this season
  • Not shying away from the season pass philosophy over day visitors
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Is this Australia’s next Winter Olympics gold medallist?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

Matt Graham

Breakthrough win … Matt Graham took out the Deer Valley World Cup moguls event last month. Pic: OWIA/Andrew Pattison

  • Matt Graham won his first World Cup moguls event at Deer Valley this season
  • He has 5 World Cup podium finishes
  • As a 19 year-old he was 7th in Sochi
  • Graham is still good mates with Dale Begg-Smith, chatting often a few times a week with the Olympic gold and silver medallist about his technique.

As far as preparation for the 2015/16 winter went, Matt Graham’s couldn’t get much worse.

In a sport known for mangling meniscuses Graham instead decided it’d be more fun to injure himself falling off a fence a little over a metre high while collecting a volleyball in Park City, Utah back in June.

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What are our Aussie winter athletes up to?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015

 

With a number of World Cup events on this weekend and just over two years out from the 2018 Games, The Snow Gauge caught up with Olympic Winter Institute boss Geoff Lipshut to discuss where the Australian athletes were at and what to expect this season. He also let us in on a very interesting update on the Perisher Superpipe …

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Torah Bright – it’s about the snowboarding, stupid!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015

Torah Bright talks … snowboarding. Want something else, go somewhere else!

Remove the sponsors, the looks, the ex-husband, the current fiance, talk about religion, funding feuds and approximately 1,211 other peripheral issues to snowboarding and what do you have left with Torah Bright?

Australia’s greatest winter athlete.

Sport loves a side story, a back story and a colour story. It gives context and meaning. But sometimes in the search for something else the real story of just how good an athlete is gets missed.

 

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