Olympian and all round champion chick with stix Katya Crema. Image:: Elle Cook
Blog | Zoe Jaboor
Chicks with Stix is all about shredding and having fun together, and these girls have been doing both. I get a real buzz out of seeing girls pushing the limits and taking the sport to new places. You never know where it will lead, particularly when you think about how quickly our sport progresses.
An important component of the Chicks with Stix initiative is to nominate our “Chick of the Week.” The Chick of the Week is a weekly award given out to a TBR (Team Buller Riders) girl who has been exceeding their coach’s expectations. Each week, all of the coaches get together and nominate a girl in their group who has been doing well and pushing their own boundaries. The coaches fight it out until a winner -“Chick of the Week” – has been chosen.
The Chicks with Stix, 24 July. Image:: Joey Corcoran
So far our outstanding Chicks have included:
- Amber Turner who was nominated for her great progression on the trampoline.
- Annabel Stover who is killing it at moguls.
- Alex Write who has stepped up her own limits this year both in the air and on the snow.
- Pip Sparrow for being an all round mad dog and landing her first back flips on snow!
- Claudia Gueli who placed second in the Junior National Mogul Championships.
- Louse Pennington for going big off jumps and doing some sweet 3’s. This girl is one to watch out for!
Coach Nat Segal helping a chick with stix master the box. Image:: Elle Cook
And now Let’s cast our minds back to the past few weeks, before there was 63cm of snow on the ground at Buller. On the 24th of July we held the final Chicks with Stix freeride session. The weather gods were looking down on us on that beautiful Saturday and the 35 or so girls that rocked up all enjoyed a bluebird Buller day. We had all the usual suspects, Nat Segal, Nicole Lewis, Katie Blamey and myself, plus Olympian and all round speed demon, Katya Crema, who came to hang out and show us all how to get your hip to the ground. This session was dubbed the “funnest” ever and we wrapped it up with all of the girls hitting up the park and moving out of their comfort zone on some progression rails or jumps.
And finally don’t forget about the “Chicks with Stix Throwdown” event on the 4th of September on Sunny Chamois! Rock up to score yourself some sweet Roxy prizes and maybe even a limited edition Chicks with Stix Roxy Hoodie! Be there or be square.