words by Zoe Jaboor.
Happy New Year everyone! We thought we'd start the new year off with a quick updates on some of the Chick with Stix coaches
While Katya is off getting top ten results in World Cup, and Anna is getting podiums in Dew Tour, and Lauren is hitting up the park at Breck, and Nat is dropping cliffs in Jackson, and Katie is getting powder bumps in Colorado …. some of us are left back in Australia, dreaming of the white stuff. Don’t get me wrong, Im not complaining. I have been making the most of the warm weather and good waves, and preparing for my first trip of the Northern winter.
This time at home has made me more aware of the amazing results that our Australian female athletes are achieving overseas. Not only have our CwS coaches and ambassadors (mentioned above) been throwing down, but some of our future leaders have been reaching new heights and putting our country on the map in the international snow scene.
|Pip Sparrow grabbing the goods on her backflip|
Pip Sparrow (who has been participating in Chicks with Stix since its inception) is a mogul skier and
recently finished 5th at the US Selections in Copper, Co. Under the guidance of coach and friends, Pete McNeil and Katie Blamey at the The Mogul Skiing Academy. Pip achieved her career best result. I am so pleased to see her achieve in the sport of mogul skiing. She is committed, driven and dedicated. And to top it all off, she is an absolutely lovely girl! Pip’s friends and fellow mogul competitors have also been making a mark. Taylah O’Neil qualified first for the finals at Copper, and ended up second. And Britt Cox achieved a 4th place in Duals in a World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria.
Watching all these girls ripping it up all over the world is making me excited to get over there and start skiing! I head over to the North America on the 10th of January to judge a few World Cups (aerials, moguls and half-pipe) in Val Saint-Come, Lake Placid and Park City. Somewhere in between I will fit in 7 days at Red Mountain in British Columbia to shred with some friends. Until then, I will continue to take advantage of the summer and head out for some waves with Anita, Han, Ali and Merrin, all who are enjoying summer with me at home in Jan Juc.
Hope you're all having a great summer/ winter wherever you are!