Winter Games NZ to host IPC adaptive skiing champions
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 will feature a packed 10-day programme of world-class sporting action this August, including two International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing (IPCAS) Southern Hemisphere Cup (SHC) events that will attract some of the best adaptive ski racers in the world.
The current IPCAS Downhill and Super-G dual World Champion and 2014 Winter Paralympic Giant Slalom silver medallist, Corey Peters from New Plymouth, and 2010 Winter Paralympic Slalom gold medallist, Adam Hall from Mosgiel, are expected to compete. Both athletes have their winter base in Wanaka after returning from the Northern Hemisphere season.
The IPCAS SHC Slalom race takes place on Monday 24 August with the Giant Slalom the following day. Coronet Peak, near Queenstown, will host both events at its Rocky Gully Race Arena.
In 2009, Winter Games NZ made global snow sports history by combining adaptive and able-bodied athletes in an elite event. Audi quattro Winter Games NZ CEO Arthur Klap said he was proud of this tradition and was looking forward to welcoming adaptive athletes back to the Southern Alps this winter.
“From the very beginning we put adaptive events at the heart of our sports programme. Providing a platform for New Zealand adaptive ski racers to compete against the best in the world on home snow can only help with the development of our inspirational athletes and the sport as a whole,” he said.
“The success of homegrown stars like Corey Peters, Adam Hall and snowboarder Carl Murphy has put New Zealand adaptive snow sports on the map. There are huge benefits in staging elite-level competition for adaptive athletes at the same time and venues as FIS World Cup and other events – not only from a financial point of view, but also to maximise media coverage and encourage grassroots participation.”
Corey Peters said he had enjoyed a fantastic 12 months starting with a successful campaign in Sochi and, more recently, his World Championship titles in Panorama, Canada.
“Most of our races are in North America and Europe so it's always really exciting to get the opportunity to race on home soil. There are a lot of people that put in a huge amount of effort to make these events possible so I'm really pumped to be involved and get the chance to bring more exposure to the sport and showcase some of our skills,” he said.
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 also features four FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cups plus Big Air Continental Cups all at Cardrona Alpine Resort; three FIS Cross-country Skiing Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) races at Snow Farm NZ; two FIS Alpine Skiing ANC races at Coronet Peak; and an international curling tournament in Naseby.
Further additions to the sports programme and details of the Games’ exciting downtown festival programme of live music, film and entertainment will be announced soon.
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 takes place from 21 to 30 August in Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Naseby. All events are free to watch for spectators (ski pass required to access lifts) and will be shown free to air on TV3. More information is available at the event’s website www.wintergamesnz.kiwi and its social media channels.