Not even sleet, nor 80 kilometre winds, could keep the skier and boardercross competitions from getting underway on the first day of Navy Alpine Snowsports (NAS) Championships last week.
Snowboarders lined the race track to cheer on more than 40 skiers as they made their way down the 300m course in Front Valley at Perisher ski field on Tuesday.
Ski Representative and third time NAS competitor, Able Seaman Julien Jais said the course sections offered enough variety to challenge the more experienced skiers and be enjoyed by newcomers.
“2013 marks the first time that NAS has offered the skier and boardercross events at the competition level, providing for more diversity and an opportunity to demonstrate technique,” Able Seaman Jais said.
“The course provided some technical difficulty for the advanced racers, while allowing the newer competitors to apply their training and gain confidence and course experience.”
The competition between the top three male skier competitors was tight. Over the two runs, Midshipman Matt Smith registered a combined time of 46.04 seconds to earn a first place finish, while CMDR Phil Ridgway came in second with a time of 46.70 seconds. Able Seaman Jais earned third place with a time of 46.76.
Meanwhile the top three female skiers were Chief Petty Officer Kerrie Dickie (APS and Reservist) in first with a time of 53.80 seconds, Lieutenant Shannon Godfrey in second place with a time of 54.14 seconds and Lieutenant Christie Underwood in third with a time of 1:10.22.
When the skiers event was over, the boarders took to the course for inspection. The boarders provided the crowd with plenty of entertainment, with some challenging berms causing a few to come unstuck.
Earning himself a belated birthday present, Able Seaman Craig ‘Tempo’ Templeman won the male boarder competition, beating out 50 other competitors with an impressive combined result of 52.80 seconds. He was followed by Petty Officer Ghandi Smith in second with a time of 54.04 seconds and Able Seaman Sam Hughes in third with a time of 54.14 seconds.
“In a tightly contested competition, I managed to edge out Ghandi by a little over a second. After 19 years of boarding, and this my third year of attending NAS, I was stoked to win,” Able Seaman Templeman said.
“The course itself was fast and had a number of rollers, berms and table tops which made it an exciting course to ride.”
The female boarders also displayed some great skill with Leading Seaman Carly Maxwell comfortably leading throughout the competition to earn first with a time of 1:10.93. Leading Seaman Jaela Aitken took out second with a time of 1:22.01 and Leading Seaman Kat Jones came in third with a time of 1:26.68.