Kent Callister became involved with snowboarding when his family moved from Queensland’s Gold Coast to Bend, Oregon, USA. Kent’s home resort, Mt Bachelor, is one of the leading resorts for snowboarding in the world making it an ideal place to live and train.
The now 21-year-old grew up in the USA but his family is linked to one of Australia’s greatest ever products, Vegemite, which his great grandfather Cyril, invented in the 1920s.
Callister’s rookie Halfpipe World Cup season, in 2012/2013, resulted in several finals performances and a best placing of ninth at Copper Mountain, USA. At his first World Championship in 2013 he came away with 15th.
At the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014 Kent achieved another ninth place in his second season competing at the highest level.
In March 2015 Callister stepped onto the World Cup podium for the first time in Park City, Utah winning bronze and went on to place sixth in the 2015 World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.
He competed in only two World Cups in the 2015/16 season at Park City, USA and Sapporo, Japan placing ninth and sixth respectively. In 2016, Callister also advanced through to the final at the X-Games in Oslo, Norway, but suffered a concussion in his first run, forcing him out of the last two runs, giving him an overall placing of eighth.
Strong results in the 2016/17 season at three World Cups, placing 15th, 8th and 8th – including the Korean Olympic Test Event at Pheonix PyeongChang are an indicator that Callister is a Halfpipe rider on the rise. In March, 2017 he placed ninth in the Sierra Nevada, Spain World Championships.
Callister returned to the Olympic pipe at PyeongChang 2018 where he again advanced to the final alongside his Aussie teammate and eventual bronze medallist Scotty James. Callister put down a best score of 62.00 in the final to finish 10th overall.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Earning 9th place at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
I began my sport when my family moved to Bend Oregon. I was 9-years-old at the time. I had been skateboarding since I was four and when we moved to the snow it only seemed natural to start snowboarding.
When I am not training or competing I am: Skateboarding, golfing, sailing, playing guitar.
I enjoy my sport because: There are no rules when it comes to snowboarding. You can do whatever you want! Everyone has their own individual style, which is really awesome. There are so many different tricks you can do and so much terrain to ride.
Education: Summit High School
Favourite international competition: The New Zealand Winter Games.
Favourite Food: Seafood
Favourite Music: GONZO, Cole Gaines, The Strokes
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Skateboarding.
Favourite sporting team: The Oregon Ducks
My hero is Ian Thorpe
Sponsors: Union Binding Company, OneBallJay, Mt Bachelor, Livin’ Bend Clotheslines.
Childhood Ambition: To be a professional skateboarder
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