Hall and Murphy Crowned NZ National Adaptive GS Champions

July 28th, 2009

PRESS RELEASE Week-long Adaptive Snow Sports Festival features events for both recreational and elite skiers and snowboarders

WANAKA – July 28, 2009 – Day two of the Cardrona Disabled National Championships have wrapped up with Alpine Ski Racer Adam Hall taking home his second gold of the week winning the Giant Slalom (GS), while New Plymouth Snowboarder Carl Murphy won gold in Snowboard GS.

Hall, 21, Wanaka, who also won the Super G yesterday today finished his GS race with a combined time of 46.40 seconds. Second place went to teammate Pete Williams of Auckland who finished with 52.81 and Peter Baddeley of Christchurch placed third with 60.40.

Hall races in slalom tomorrow -his strongest discipline where is ranked second in the world.

Clocking a combined time of 57.13, Murphy secured the fastest time in the Mens Snowboard GS only split seconds ahead of international riders Ian Lockey and Tyler Mosher with times of 57.32 and 60.58 respectively.

International Snowboarder Bibian Mentel won the Women’s Snowboard GS with a time of 57.51. Nicole Roundy placed second with 72.86 and Jodie Thring in third with a time of 99.24.

Alisha McLennan of Christchurch won the Open Women’s Ski, while the Ski Juniors was won by sit skier Quentin Smith.

The Awards Ceremony for all GS races will take place at the Grand Mercure Oakridge resort, Wanaka at 6pm during the WSF Adaptive Snowboard World Championships Welcome Ceremony.

This is the second day of racing of the Disabled Snowsports National Championships, with more racing set for the rest of the week including the slalom ski and the very first World Snowboard Federation (WSF) Adaptive Snowboard World Championships. The competition for disabled skiers and snowboarders is one of the highlights of the week-long Adaptive Snow Sports Festival, from 26-31st July.

Adaptive Snow Sports New Zealand is a member of Snow Sports New Zealand. Snow Sports New Zealand is the official governing body and National Sports Organisation representing all snow sports in New Zealand. snowsports.co.nz
All Results for GS Snowboard & Ski go here: snowsports.co.nz/Resource

27/7 9am-2pm Nationals Super Giant Slalom Ski (Cardrona)
28/7 9am-2pm Nationals Giant Slalom Ski + Snowboard (Cardrona)
28/7 6pm World Champs Welcome + Awards Ceremony (Oakridge Resort, Wanaka)
29/7 9am-2pm Nationals Slalom Ski (Cardrona)
29/7 11am-2pm (Recreational) Have a go Nordic (Snow Farm)
30/7 9am-2pm World Championships Snowboard Cross (Cardrona)
31/7 6:30pm Adaptive Snow Sports NZ Awards Dinner $50 (Oakridge Resort, Wanaka)

Adaptive skiing or snowbaording refers to a modified version of the sport, which adapts in equipment, rules, and technical specifications that enable persons with physical disabilities to participate in both recreational and competitive activities. Athletes compete based on their functional ability, allowing athletes with different disabilities to compete against each other.

The WSF is the only international organisation dedicated exclusively to the development and support of snowboard at all levels, including competitive as well as training levels, snowboarding for disabled, and initiatives for riders of any age. The WSF is a network of international snowboard associations which cooperate all over the world aiming at the development of this sport. Le nations members of the WSF find in it an inspiration source and a support to their activities. The WSF can create added value for all those who practise snowboarding at an international level and it offers ideas, manuals and initiatives. As a result, members are united in a widespread organization with the same objective, that is the progression of snowboard at all levels. worldsnowboardfederation.org

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