Published on February 7th, 2018 | by adventuremag0
Grow Team to Largest for NZ Olympic Winter Games
A further five snow sport athletes have been named to the New Zealand team for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The additions take the total number of athletes to 21, making it New Zealand’s largest ever Winter Games team.
16-year-old alpine ski racer Alice Robinson will become New Zealand’s youngest winter Olympian, born eight days after freeskier team mate, Nico Porteous.
Alice will be joined by fellow New Zealand alpine ski team members Adam Barwood (25) and Willis Feasey (25). Adam also represented New Zealand at the 2014 Sochi Games. Alice will compete in Slalom and Giant Slalom while Adam and Willis will compete in the men’s Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G.
Freeski halfpipe athlete Britt Hawes (27) and snowboard cross racer Duncan Campbell (21) complete the team.
“It’s absolutely fantastic,” says Chef de Mission, Pete Wardell who is currently in PyeongChang preparing to formally register the New Zealand team for the games. “These athletes have had a high pressure season working towards this moment and with just two weeks to games time I’m delighted they have made it.”
“The Olympic Games environment is extremely tough and to meet the selection standards set by the New Zealand Olympic Committee is an achievement itself. I’m very much looking forward to supporting them in PyeongChang as they wear the fern with pride.“
“The fact we are sending our biggest team ever shows the increasing depth of talent and skill in New Zealand’s winter sport high performance community.”
Britt Hawes said she’s very happy to have made the team. “I’m beyond stoked to be selected after fighting hard for this and I’m proud and honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent New Zealand,” she says.
Having only become eligible to compete in senior competition during the 2017 New Zealand winter, Alice Robinson has made a rapid rise through the world rankings, surpassing even her own goals and expectations.
“I am feeling extremely honoured and grateful for being selected in to the New Zealand team for the upcoming games,” said Alice.
“I am so happy to be given this opportunity and am super-excited to be competing at my first games so young. Starting my first year of FIS (open grade racing) this season, the idea of the Olympics seemed like a long shot, so I am so happy that my results over the past six months paid off and gave me a spot on the team. When I think back to the start of the year I wouldn’t have thought that I would be selected, it’s a dream come true.”
Alice has a busy lead in to the games with a World Cup race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland today (Saturday 27th) followed by the Junior World Championships in Davos, Switzerland from 29 January – 8 February, before she travels to Korea.
She says, “I’m feeling confident going into Junior Worlds and hope to be competitive in the tough field.”
New Zealand’s previous largest Olympic Winter Team was 18 at Torino 2006.
Adam Barwood’s career began with a school holiday learn-to-ski programme at the age of nine. Since then he has gone on to represent New Zealand in alpine ski racing at the sport’s pinnacle events, including the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships. Adam is a member of the New Zealand Ski Men’s A Team and is the National Slalom Champion.
2017 NZ National Champion, Slalom
2017 Australia New Zealand Cup Overall Nation’s Champion
1st place Giant Slalom Australia New Zealand Continental Cup, Thredbo, Australia, 2017
Having positioned herself as one of the world’s best junior ski racers, winning top level youth races such as Pokal Loka and the US Under-16 National Giant Slalom Championships, Alice Robinson began competing in senior level races in 2017 and achieved impressive results right from the start.
In her first year of senior International Ski Federation (FIS) racing Alice has achieved podium finishes at FIS, National Championship, Australia New Zealand Continental Cup and North America Cup races. She is the New Zealand National Champion for Giant Slalom and Slalom.
2017 NZ National Champion in Giant Slalom
2017 NZ National Champion in Slalom
1st place Giant Slalom North American Continental Cup, Panorama, Canada, 2017
Britt Hawes’ ski career began as a four-year-old weekend warrior, with the family regularly making the journey from Wellington to Ruapehu in the early hours of the morning to make the most of a weekend on snow. Her early love of snow sports has never left her and Britt has turned her hobby into a rewarding career. She is a qualified ski instructor and coach at Cardrona Alpine Resort and is delighted to have met her goal of qualifying for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in freeski halfpipe.
4th place, Australia New Zealand Cup, Cardrona, NZ. 2017
11th place, World Cup, Secret Garden, China. 2017
17th place, World Ski Champs, Sierra Nevada, Spain. 2017
Having started out on skis at the age of three, Duncan made the switch to snowboarding at seven-years-old. A chance meeting on the chairlift with two-time Olympic Champion US snowboarder Seth Wescott inspired Duncan to give snowboard cross a try. He loved the speed and adrenaline of racing and made his World Cup debut in 2015.
5th place, 2017 World Snowboard Championships
2nd place, South America Cup, Cerro Catedral, Argentina. 2017
2nd place, Australia New Zealand Cup, Mt Hotham, Australia. 2016
Willis Feasey started skiing when he was two years old and, competitive by nature, soon took to racing. He won the Snow Sports NZ Breakthrough Season award in 2014 and, alongside team mate Adam Barwood, has gone on to record some of the best alpine ski racing results of a New Zealand male. Willis is a member of the New Zealand Ski Men’s A Team and is the National Giant Slalom Champion. He represented New Zealand at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships.
2017 NZ National Champion Giant Slalom
2017 Australia New Zealand Cup Giant Slalom Nation’s Champion
2nd place Giant Slalom Australia New Zealand Continental Cup, Thredbo, Australia. 2017
Full New Zealand Olympic Winter Team PyeongChang 2018 team list
Adam Barwood Men’s Giant Slalom, Men’s Slalom, Men’s Super G
Finn Bilous Men’s Freeski Slopestyle
Duncan Campbell Men’s Snowboardcross
Tiarn Collins Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Shane Dobbin Ice Speed Skating 10,000m
Carlos Garcia Knight Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Willis Feasey Men’s Giant Slalom, Men’s Slalom, Men’s Super G
Britt Hawes Women’s Freeski Halfpipe
Reyon Kay Ice Speed Skating Mass Start, Ice Speed Skating 1500m
Janina Kuzma Women’s Freeski Halfpipe
Peter Michael Ice Speed Skating Mass Start, Ice Speed Skating 5000m and 1500m
Peter Michael, Reyon Kay, Shane Dobbin Men’s Team Pursuit
Miguel Porteous Men’s Freeski Halfpipe
Nico Porteous Men’s Freeski Halfpipe
Jamie Prebble Men’s Ski Cross
Zoi Sadowski Synnott Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Women’s Snowboard Big Air
Alice Robinson Women’s Giant Slalom, Women’s Slalom
Rakai Tait Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Rhys Thornbury Men’s Skeleton
Beau-James Wells Men’s Freeski Halfpipe
Jackson Wells Men’s Freeski Slopestyle
Byron Wells Men’s Freeski Halfpipe