Matt Graham, Sam Hall, Brodie Summers and Britt Cox took part in water ramp camps in Park City, UT, USA, with AIS Mogul Aerial Coach Jerry Grossi. The camps were very successful with noticeable gains for many of the athletes in their degree of difficulty and jump execution.
After the Park City camp, training took place on the world class Toppa’s Dream mogul course at Perisher.
The National Mogul Championships took place at Perisher and saw Matt Graham successfully defend his title with two wins in two days of competition. AIS/NSWIS Scholarship holder Sam Hall finished second overall with a sixth and a third through day one and two of competition. In the women’s event Nicole Parks and Britt Cox placed third and fourth respectively, over the two days. In a very promising sign for the future, NSWIS scholarship holder Taylah O’Neill was the best placed Australian finishing second overall.
In a further sign of depth within the Australian team, Olympic hopefuls and AIS/NSWIS scholarship athletes Brodie Summers and Nicole Parks won the James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge at Mt Buller. It was the second ABOM victory of Nicole’s career and the first for Brodie.
An altitude camp was held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in September to prepare the athletes for an on snow training camp in Zermatt, Switzerland. The altitude camp at the AIS has proven to be very beneficial, with the athlete’s performing well in training on the Zermatt glacier.
After the Zermatt camp, athletes will take part in another camp at the AIS in Canberra and a water ramp camp during November at the SSA facility in Melbourne. This will be the final training activity in Australia before the team heads to Ruka, Finland, to commence their northern hemisphere winter campaign.