Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (Friday July 3, 2009) Snow Sports New Zealand (SSNZ) will honour New Zealand’s top snow sports athletes, coaches, ski areas and instructors at the annual 2009 Snow Sports Awards in Wanaka Saturday evening.
Thirty-seven athletes have been nominated as finalists in nine awards categories, including alpine, cross country, adaptive, snowboarding, Freeskiing, coaching, volunteer of the year and emerging talent of the year.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Snow Sports Athlete of the Year. Winners in each sport’s athlete of the year category make up the finalists for the overall snow sports athlete of the year.
The awards cover the 2008 Southern Hemisphere season through the 2008-09 Northern Hemisphere season.
“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the on-snow successes of the past year, and to give recognition to the athletes, coaches, volunteers and other individuals who have performed with distinction,” said Snow Sports New Zealand CEO Ross Palmer. “All of the finalists deserve to be recognised.”
Motivational speaker Mark Inglis, the first double amputee to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, will be the official guest speaker.
Other awards to be handed out on the evening include the Snow.co.nz 2008 Ski Area of the Year; NZ Snow Sports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) 2008 Instructor of the Year and 2008 Ski Racing Masters Champions.
The awards will take place at ‘The Venue’, Lake Wanaka on Saturday, 4th July 2009 from 6pm. Tickets have sold out.
Snow Sports New Zealand is the official governing body and National Sports Organisation representing all snow sports in New Zealand. www.snowsports.co.nz
Snow Sports NZ Award Finalists:
NZ Snowboard Union’s Snowboarder of the Year 08/09:
Finalists: Will Jackways (Wanaka), Shelly Gotlieb (Queenstown), Jake Koia (Queenstown), Juliane Bray (Wanaka), James Hamilton (Auckland)
Freeski Association of New Zealand’s Freeskier of the Year 08/09:
Finalists: Byron Wells (Wanaka), Fraser McDougall (Wanaka), Janina Kuzma (Wanaka), Jossi Wells (Wanaka), Mitchey Greig (Queenstown)
Ski Racing New Zealand’s Alpine Ski Racer of the Year 08/09:
Finalists: Taylor Rapley (Queenstown), Nick Prebble (Christchurch), Tim Cafe (Queenstown),Ben Griffin (Ohakune), Leighton Winsloe (Wanaka)
NZ Cross Country Ski Association’s Cross Country Skier of the Year 2008/09:
Finalists: Andrew Pohl (Dunedin), Nat Anglem (Christchurch) Katie Calder (Tauranga)
Adaptive Snow Sports New Zealand’s Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year 08/09:
Finalists: Jason Donovan (Kapiti), Adam Hall (Wanaka)
Snow Sports New Zealand’s Athlete of the Year 08/09:
(finalists = winner of each above-mentioned category)
SSNZ Coaching NZ’s Coach of the Year 08/09:
Finalists: Michael Bell (Snowboarding) Wanaka, Marty Jillings (Freeskiing) Dunedin, Adi Bernasconi (Alpine Ski Racing) Wanaka, Hiro Taniguchi (Adaptive Skiing) Based in Wanaka.
SSNZ Volunteer of the Year Award 08/09:
Finalists: Dick Schultz (Snowboard) Based in Wanaka, Antony Hansen (Freeski) Hawea Flat, David Howden (SSNZ) Wellington, Stew Hewett (Adaptive) Oamaru.
SSNZ Emerging Talent of the Year 08/09:
Finalists: Joram Makuru (Snowboarding) Wanaka, Fraser McDougall (Freeskiing) Wanaka, Nick Prebble (Alpine Ski Racing) Christchurch, Carl Murphy (Adaptive Snowboarding) New Plymouth.
The qualifying period is from May 2008 to May 2009. Each member sport of Snow sports New Zealand nominates a coach, volunteer and emerging talent of the year, and announces the finalists and winner for its sport.
Snow Sports New Zealand judges the overall snow sports person, volunteer, coach and emerging talent of the year.
Additional Awards Presented
NZ Snow Sports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) Instructor of the Year 2008
Snow.co.nz Ski Area Service Awards 2008
Ski Racing Masters Champions 2008 (Men and Women)