‘Snowmelt’ bonus for athletes.
Posted at 2:06pm Sunday 28 Nov, 2021
A Snowmelt event at Hawea Hotel has raised $38,750.
The event catered for Wanaka Snowsports Club athletes aged 12 to 25 who are travelling to train and compete in the Northern Hemisphere for the 2021-22 winter season.
The club has announced that 29 Northern Hemisphere Grant recipients are a mix of alpine racers, park and pipe snowboarders and skiers, and ski and snowboard freeriders.
Finn Bilous has been named in the first group for the Beijing Winter Olympic team and many of the other athletes are named for national teams for 2022 training and competitions.
International competition, essential for the athletes, has been severely Covid affected for two seasons.
Matt and Anna Laming and the team at Lake Hawea Hotel supplied the venue and also supported the fundraising event with their courtesy van to get revellers home.
Duncan Good from Ray White Wanaka displayed his persuasive auctioneering skills and entertainment was provided by Cemetery Road.
Events Wanaka athletes intend to compete in include the Beijing Winter Olympics, World Cups, Freeride World Tour and Qualifier series and Freeride Junior World Tour, Freeride and Alpine World Junior Champs, FIS Alpine events and International Children's Alpine races.
Athletes to receive support are:
Jarred Ferguson, Isabel Watterson, Mathilda Watterson, Kezik Magill, Liam Richards, Kazuma Saka, Luke Harrold, Charlotte Wiggins, Lucia Georgalli, Txema Mazet Brown, Rocco Jamieson, Campbell Appel, Sakiko Saka, Hamish Barlow, Cam Melville Ives, Fin Melville Ives, Oscar Georgalli, Mikayla Smyth, Gustav Legnavsky, Luca Harrington, Timo Fitzpatrick, Calder Bain, Ben Barclay, Ben Harrington, Ben Richards, Finn Bilous, Craig Murray, Hank Bilous and Piera Hudson.