Medals won in Major Competition
Josie Baff is a born-and-bred Jindabyne snowboarder that is following a long family lineage of proficient snowboarders and skiers.
Her Father, Mother and siblings have spent their life in the Australian snow fields and are considered part of the furniture in the winter hamlet.
Baff began skiing when she was two years old and learnt how to snowboard at five years old.
“Dad was a ski instructor and Mum and he were doing back-to-back seasons from Jindabyne to Saint Moritz and because they loved it so much, we were destined to follow in their footsteps” remembers Baff.
Her father ran snowboard camps and the family would go to Mammoth. Being a snowboarding camp, Josie decided she wanted to try it because she saw all the other kids doing it. In 2015 Baff began to take it more seriously as she started to secure good results.
2019 saw Baff on the podium at the Canadian Junior Nationals (first), Australian New Zealand Cup (second) and NorAm (third).
Baff had a breakthrough performance at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland, claiming the gold medal in the snowboard cross event. The victory was Australia's first ever at the Youth Olympic Winter Games. Baff also secured her first ever Europa Cup medal, taking bronze in the french resort of Puy St. Vincent.
Also in 2020, Baff was a successful recipient of a Tier 1 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program and paired with SAHOF Legend and one of Australia’s most successful swimmers, Susie O’Neill as her Mentor.
In 2021, Baff made her World Cup debut at eighteen years of age in Bakuriani, Georgia, successfully qualifying for head to head finals racing in 15th place.
Baff will be aiming to make her Olympic debut at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China.
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