Frozen watersports lure Navy teams

This article has photo gallery Published on LCPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Location(s): Perisher, NSW

Topic(s): Snow Sports

Leading Seaman Danni Humphries during the Boarders Slopestyle event at Leichhardt Terrain Park, Perisher Resort as part of The NAS Championships 2014. (Still image taken from video vision) (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
Leading Seaman Danni Humphries during the Boarders Slopestyle event at Leichhardt Terrain Park, Perisher Resort as part of The NAS Championships 2014. (Still image taken from video vision)

The Navy Alpine Snowsports Championships have had Navy skiers training hard in preparation for the Australian Interservice and International Defence Snowsports Championships.

Between 7-15 August at Mount Perisher, New South Wales, a variety of events including traditional alpine and freestyle events are being contested for selection for the interservice championships.

Senior team representative Commander Daniel Crocker said he was expecting a strong performance from the Navy women’s team this year.

“This year we’ve focused on increasing participation of women in the alpine sports events,” Commander Crocker said.

“As a result, we had 48 women from across the Navy attend a two-day development camp at Mount Perisher in July.”

With participants coming from as far away as the Northern Territory, Commander Crocker is expecting the Navy team to put up a good fight to top the overall championship standings this year.

“In the skiing team, both Able Seaman Marine Technician Julien Jais and Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Kerry Dickie are returning to defend their 2014 title as Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski Champions,” he said.

“We’re also expecting a close battle between Petty Officer Danielle Humphries and Able Seaman Emma Hook for the Women’s Snowboard Champion title, both of whom are previous champions.”

Commander Crocker said the alpine sports would help improve physical and mental resilience in the competitors.

“The people participating in the competitions will be faced with adverse conditions and challenging events,” he said.

“Competitors know their individual efforts and results will ultimately contribute to the team’s overall success.

“At times, this can be challenging for them, but in the end it will build their resilience.”

The skiers will compete in events such as traditional slalom, giant slalom, and also the skier cross, a BMX-style course on snow where four skiers are put head-to-head across obstacles in a knockout event.

The snowboarders will also be put through the traditional giant slalom, snowboard cross and the slopestyle events which push the participants to show their park skills while maintaining the most style to gain points.

Alongside the Interservice Snowsports Championships is Exercise Coolshot 15, the annual ADF Nordic Skiing and Biathlon Championships which is close to finishing at Mt Hotham, Victoria, being held 2-14 August.

Incorporating cross country skiing and marksman shooting into a physically demanding exercise, the Nordic Skiing and Biathlon championships culminate in the Military Patrol event, which challenges competitors through a number of military skills including orienteering, shooting and fieldcraft.