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September 2010

Olympic Games for QRC student

Olympic Games for QRC student

QRC Adventure Tourism Management Student, Makoto Bruderer secured her internship with yacht company Sail NZ in Auckland and, through them, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to sail abroad Endeavour all the way to the Beijing Olympics.

Here, she writes of her adventures in her own words:

"Hi All,

I have now been in Japan for a week.

We sailed out of Auckland, passing the Pacific Islands to Japan in June which took us about a month. Luckily we had very good weather, so no storms, but light winds. It was a very nice trip, we had a stopover in Vanuatu, Pohnpei (Micronesia) and Guam.

From Japan we went to Gingdao for the Olympic Games. We arrived in China in early August and spent the whole Olympics there. Our yacht Endeavour was a VIP boat and we went out daily to see the regattas. It was amazing to be so close to the Games and to be even part of it. During the evenings we usually had some athletes or coaches coming over to our boat and have some drinks - we were amazed to hang out with the athletes and to hear that we were special to them as Endeavour is one of the most prestigious yachts with a long history (America's Cup in 1934). Most of the sailors knew Endeavour from before and we took some of them out sailing.

My position on the boat is Stewardess. During deliveries, everybody is working on deck. We have shifts of usually 3 hours when we sail and drive the boat. As we are 3 watch teams, we rotate and every 6 hours have a watch of 3 hours.

The sail back from China to Japan was very rough. We had winds up to 50 knots and big waves and lots and lots of rain. For five days we were just wet, the waves hit us sometimes while steering.

I got this job in Auckland through a friend of mine who told the captain about me. Actually I first turned the offer down, because I wanted to come back to QRC. But when they told me about the schedule and the Olympic Games I changed my mind. Being included in the Olympic Games was, and is, very unique and a great experience.

I have now been offered a fulltime position on the boat and I think I will stay till next June and then come back to QRC to finish my studies. As per plan the boat is going back to NZ, then Florida, the US and then to Portugal. Sounds wicked to me"!

  • Posted By: QRC on Wed, 15th Sep 2010 @ 00:00:00

QRC Hospitality Business Manager, Paul Tudgay wins 2010 Outstanding Hospitality Personality of the Year

QRC Hospitality Business Manager, Paul Tudgay wins 2010 Outstanding Hospitality Personality of the Year

QRC's resident sommelier, Teacher and Hospitality Business Manager Mr Paul Tudgay was voted by his peers within the local industry as the 2010 Outstanding Hospitality Personality of the Year at the inaugural Remarkables Southern Lakes Hospitality Awards last night.

The awards were organised by the Southern Lakes branch of the Hospitality Association of New Zealand and nominations were sought from throughout Wakatipu, Central Otago, the Southern Lakes, Te Anau, and Invercargill.

Paul is the region's leading wine educator and widely recognised by his colleagues and the local industry as and expert in his field. He holds a regular wine tasting evening at the college which attracts around 50 locals each week.

Paul is also the only sommelier in the south island with the license to run the Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Intermediate Course.

The Outstanding Hospitality Personality was one of 12 categories on the night.

QRC congratulates all participants and finalists in this auspicious event. 

  • Posted By: QRC on Mon, 13th Sep 2010 @ 00:00:00

Second Gold for QRC at the 2010 NZ University Snow Games

Second Gold for QRC at the 2010 NZ University Snow Games

Winter Olympian and Queenstown Resort College (QRC) Adventure Tourism student Sarah Murphy has fended off skimpily-clad opponents at the 2010 NZ University Snow Games.

Heavy snowfall and chilly winds tested the tenacity of entrants in the cross-country skiing – especially Jamie Robinson who was clad in a skimpy Wonder Woman outfit, and her Otago team-mate Scott Ridley, who sported a lime green mini skirt with taffeta trim.

It was an eye-opener for Winter Olympian and Queenstown Resort College student Sarah Murphy, who predictably blitzed the field over the 3km course with a time of 11min 14sec – over 10 minutes quicker than nearest rival Tait-Jamieson, who was racing in the discipline for the first time.

"Any medal is an awesome medal, even chocolate ones – in fact, they're the best ones because you get to eat them," Murphy said. "It was super fun because I just love racing ... it's really cool for New Zealand to be getting into the cross-country scene."

Otago's Andrew Soundy dominated the men's 6km course in 25min 20sec to win gold – over 10min clear of Nick Sullivan, also of Otago, and Nicholas Francis, of Auckland.

"I was trying to hold off Sarah Murphy but she had the edge. I don't feel too bad because she did go to the Vancouver Olympics," Soundy, a member of the New Zealand junior team.

QRC student and also another Winter Olympian, Mitchey Greig secured gold in the women's skier-cross last week. 

  • Posted By: QRC on Mon, 6th Sep 2010 @ 00:00:00

Queenstown Resort College Adventure Tourism Student Wins Gold

Queenstown Resort College Adventure Tourism Student Wins Gold

Snatching the gold medal in the Burton boarder-cross at the 2010 NZ Uni Snow Games took one crucial element according to Otago University student Tom Grootin.

"Just make sure everyone is looking at your bum as you cross the finish line," he quipped.

Grootin reigned supreme in a highly-charged final at Cardrona today (Wednesday), beating Canterbury University's Cody Logan by a snowflake. Otago's Nick Conroy finished third.

In the women's event, Canterbury's Georgina Allen emerged victorious from the latest tussle on the slopes with team-mate Hannah Orchard, while Otago's Mallory Nordblad was third.

Winter Olympian Mitchey Greig earned the Queenstown Resort College its inaugural Snow Games medal, predictably securing gold in the women's skier-cross ahead of Caitlin Feasey, of Canterbury, and Courtney Tate, of Otago.

"It was great to be out there on a skier cross course in New Zealand," Greig said. "It was a very mellow course but good fun though.

"It's just cool to get this sport more well known in New Zealand – if there's one way to grow its profile, it's by holding events like this."

Greig had enjoyed her first Uni Games experience, even rekindling old friendships – albeit while soaring over jumps at high speed.

"The four girls I was in the final with I used to race against in alpine so it was good to see each other again," she said.

"It was a great atmosphere and everyone is having an awesome time."

For Feasey, there was no shame in coming second to an Olympian.

"It was so good to watch what she does and try and follow her ... she was in my semi as well so I tried to pick up a few hints," she said.

Both the skier-cross and boarder-cross had proved popular amongst athletes, with 106 competitors contesting the events.

"It's not as boring as normal racing against the clock – there's a greater competitive element when you're racing side by side," Feasey said.

Otago's Matt Johnson, who claimed gold in the men's skier-cross, agreed.

"You've got all the jumps like freestyle but you're racing against other people so there's a bit of argy-bargy and some antics down the course," he said.

"It got a little hectic out there but I'm stoked with the win."

Stefan Calder, of Auckland University, and Tim Harker, of Lincoln University, rounded out the podium finishers.

The action continues with the Mad Wax ski and Burton board half pipe and slopestyle events at Snow Park tomorrow (Thursday), followed by the Big Air on Friday. The neighbouring Snow Farm will host cross country skiing on Friday afternoon. 

  • Posted By: QRC on Thu, 2nd Sep 2010 @ 00:00:00