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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