Skiing since she was three, Belle Brockhoff took up snowboarding at the age of 10. Just three weeks after first trying the sport, Belle won her first interschool nationals title.
Brockhoff has a rich history of winter sports in her family. Her uncle, Peter Brockhoff competed in Alpine Skiing at the 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympics, her grandfather Harold Brockhoff was one of the original pioneers of Mt Buller and her great aunt, Joyce Brockhoff has a run named in her honour at Mt Hotham in recognition of her work promoting the place of women in snow sports.
Brockhoff trained and competed in a number of snowboard disciplines, competing on the World Cup circuit in Parallel Giant Slalom, before settling on Snowboard Cross as her chosen pursuit.
Brockhoff competed in her first full World Cup circuit in 2012/13. She became the first Australian woman to win a Snowboard Cross World Cup medal when she finished third in Montafon, Austria. At the end of the season, she was ninth overall on the World Cup standings.
Another promising result for the young Victorian was her placing sixth at the Olympic Test Event in Sochi in early 2013.
Competing at her first ever Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Brockhoff achieved the highest placing of the Australian Snowboard Cross athletes, finishing eighth.
In 2014-2015, Brockhoff had a strong, consistent season, reaching the semi-final stage in each event and finished the season ranked fifth in the world. Brockhoff's leading performances where her fourth place results at the X-Games in Aspen, CO, USA, and World Cup in La Molina, Spain.
Brockhoff made history becoming the first Australian female to win a Snowboard Cross World Cup at the final event of the 2016 season in Baqueira Beret, Spain. Adding further to the significance of the win, was that Brockhoff's teammate, Alex Pullin, also recorded victory in the men's event, marking the first time Australia has won both events at a major competition. Her consistency in which she won three World Cup medals resulted in a personal best world ranking of third.
Question & Answer:
I began this sport .... when I was 10 years old and immediately fell in love with the sport.
Proudest moment: My first National Champs win, My first podium result at World Cup and representing Australia in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Favourite Food: Japanese
Favourite Music: All except for heavy metal
Favourite overseas competition: Winter X Games
Participation in other sports: Surfing, Skateboarding, cross country skiing & soccer
Famous relative: Joyce & Peter Brockhoff
Sports Hero: Kelly Slater
When I am not training/competing I am: Doing volunteer work with BeyondBlue & Athlete Ally, spending time with family & friends, studying at Deakin University, having a crack at the guitar as well as the occasional karaoke in my car with friends.
Highest level of education achieved: Completed Year 12 in high school and currently studying for a Bachelor degree in Media.
Sponsors: Mark Adams Real Estate, Virus, Bollé, XTM, Hair Free, Le Bent & SISU Mouth-guards.
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