More than twenty Navy women pushed themselves through the annual Navy Alpine Snowsports Ladies Development Camp at Perisher recently. All the effort was in the lead up to this week’s Navy Alpine Snowsports Championships that are also being run at Perisher.
Commander Danielle Radnidge is the Navy Alpine Snowsports Vice President says alpine skiing delivers proven benefits for participants through interval training and core strength development.
“Skiing over several days is a test of core strength and endurance, something that will help all competitors in their day jobs at shore and at sea,” she said.
But it is the national championships held this week that was the focus for many of the keen skiers.
“The atmosphere is welcoming and encourages all skill levels to attend, even first-timers.
“Our most improved boarder this year was a first timer.
“The goal of the camp is to encourage new females to the sport but also to improve our racing skills in preparation for the upcoming Navy Alpine Snowsports Championships,” said Commander Radnidge.
Lieutenant Allison Osborne (pictured) took a break from her duties as a meteorologist to join the camp ahead of competing in snowboard events at the National championships.
“I have been snowboarding for ten years but the camp gave me the chance to develop with some professional instructors.
“The camp also gave women new to the sport an opportunity to develop in a positive environment and I would say to any Navy women thinking about getting involved to just go for it!”