During August, the AIS Snowboard Halfpipe Program headed to New Zealand to train for three weeks at Cardrona and Snow Park. With the shortage of a world class halfpipe facility in Australia, it was essential that the athletes be based in New Zealand to train effectively.
Whilst in New Zealand, the team competed in the opening World Cup of the season at the Cardrona Resort. Holly Crawford and Nathan Johnstone launched their seasons with positive performances, both finishing in seventh place. In a promising sign for the future Kent Callister finished in 16th place after qualifying in equal sixth place, and Scott James finished in an equal career best sixth place.
A major focus for the athletes has been a comprehensive strength and conditioning training program in Sydney. John Marsden, OWIA Strength and Conditioning coach, attended the AIS Snowboard Program camp in New Zealand in August to ensure athletes continue to make strength and conditioning gains whilst overseas and on snow.
After a straining block back at home in Sydney, the Halfpipe team has returned to New Zealand to take part in a month long spring training camp at Cardrona.
The Cardrona Halfpipe has been in great, but the athletes have been challenged with difficult weather.
Olympic Champion Torah Bright, will be participating in an OWIA supported four week spring camp Halfpipe & Slopestyle initiative, at Mt Hutt, New Zealand, from mid October through to mid November.