Queenstown Health supports and sponsors a number of local athletes from Central Otago. Read all about them and their achievements below.
After almost no sporting background, I began to lift weights at age 31, when I started CrossFit for fun. I found out that I love to lift heavy things, so took up Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman and then Powerlifting. Since then I have competed internationally in both strongman and powerlifting. I am currently working towards the Oceania Powerlifting champs, to be held in Singapore in December.
I train at and am supported by the Queenstown Events Centre and coached via distance by Andrew De Vine of Full Spectrum Training Facility. My best lift is the deadlift with 180kg lifted this year. I hold a number of South Island and Provincial records.
I have the unusual challenge of teaching this body in it’s mid-thirties to perform at international level in a very heavy sport. The professionals at Queenstown Health have been vital over the last three years so that I not only cope, but thrive. With a combination of hands-on care, biomechanics analysis and guidance with my training, Robbie the Chiropractor and Nat the Physiotherapist are essential to the ongoing process of dealing with my existing movement issues as well as the new stresses my sport puts on my body.
Attached photo is before a heavy squat at Southern Provincials, photo by We The Collective.
D.O.B. 30th July, 1992
Hometown: Queenstown, New Zealand (born and bred)
Height: 185cm (6’1”)
Weight: 82kgs (180lbs approx)
My career in ski racing began at Coronet Peak in 2001 with a school holiday program – learning to ski, and weekends, to where I am now a full time athlete. I have also spent time training at Cardrona and Treble Cone. For the past 14 years, summers have been spent in the northern hemisphere continuing the training. This has been in Europe, Canada and the USA. For the northern hemisphere winter season, training usually starts in Colorado until Christmas then to Europe through to early April. I participated in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia February 2014 and World Ski Championships at Schladming, Austria in 2013 as well as Beaver Creek, Colorado in 2015 and St Moritz Feb 2017. I am proud to represent New Zealand at the highest level of alpine skiing and I am a member of the New Zealand National Ski Team.
My focus on the near future (northern hemisphere 2017/18) will be competing in World Cup races (first GS race at Soelden, Austria late October followed by Beaver Creek, CO). I will also be competing in further World Cup, Europa Cup and a number of FIS races throughout Europe as well as NorAm races in the States and Canada. This coming season is also the build up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in which I hope to represent New Zealand (the decision being made in January 2018 by the New Zealand Olympic Committee).
The past twelve months, including the New Zealand 2017 season, have been very successful for me and I have lowered my world ranking to 56 in Giant Slalom. I won a number of gold medals and achieved some personal best results with one of the biggest being a 6 point penalty in Thredbo, Australia in the Australia New Zealand Continental Cup. Some of my results include:
ANC Overall – Yellow Bib, plus ANC Yellow Bib – Slalom
21st Aug 2017 – Thredbo, Australia ANC GS – 1st (6.0 points PB)
10th Aug 2017 National Champs Slalom title – Coronet Peak
7th Aug 2017 National Champs GS – 2nd
8th Apr 2017 – Aspen CO, GS 1st (9.0 points PB)
7th Apr 2017 – Aspen CO, GS 1st (9.8 points PB)
6th Apr 2017 – Aspen CO, Super G 1st (10.08 points PB)
12th Dec 2016 – Panorama Canada – NorAm Super G 3rd (19.36 points PB)
During my time while I am at home in Queenstown I am very lucky to have been sponsored by Queenstown Health, and in particular, Robbie Moore has been invaluable in keeping me in good health and alignment. Robbie is very knowledgeable and up to date with my requirements as an alpine ski racer and has helped me with issues I’ve had. Thanks Robbie and Queenstown Health, your support has been amazing!
Runner up NZ Open
Runner Up NZPGA
High of 6th in the world as an amateur before turning professional
Two time Eisenhower Trophy Member- Place 4th individual
D.O.B – 24th October 1987
Hometown – Papakura, Auckland
Current New Zealand Representative
Oceania Light Welterweight Champion 2017
Jameson Belt Winner (Most Scientific Boxer) 2016
4 X New Zealand National Champion (64kgs)
2 X South Island Golden Glove Champion
Central North Island Champion (64kgs) 2015
Canterbury Champion (64kgs) 2014
Southland Champion (64kgs) 2014, 2017
I’m a Youth Support Worker for the Wakatipu Youth Trust. I am privileged to have an influence on young people each and everyday. I hope to be an inspirational and a positive role model for all young people.
This year I have won the Oceania Continental Title in the Gold Coast and its has feed the fire to be there again next year for Commonwealth Games. Over the past 5 years I have grown and developed a great deal with all of my boxing experience and now I have a world ranking of 27th to show for it.
Competing at the 2017 NZ National Championships I won my forth consecutive National Title and in 2016 I received top honors by being awarded the prestigious Jameson Belt. This belt is given to one boxer voted as the “Most Scientific Boxer” competing at the entire national tournament.
I owe Queenstown Health a great deal for keeping my body in shape and enabling me to compete to my full potential, I am determined and excited for my next challenge of winning a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
I’m an aggressive front foot fighter with KO power in both hands that likes to entertain. I will fight every minute of every round and give everything to deliver on my dream.
U21 National GS Tittle
U21 National Overall Tittle
Competed in 2017 Junior Worlds – Are, Sweden
3rd U21 NZ in the ANC Winter Games GS
Back to back Downhill wins and a Super-G win – Schweitzer FIS Speed series 2017
4th at Cardrona FIS Series 2017 GS, 2nd U19
10th in Super – G ANC point rankings.
2015 Southland Men’s Premier Champions
2016 Southland Men’s Cup final Runners Up
2016 NZFA Chatham Cup quarter finalists.
2017 NZFA Chatham Cup quarter finalists.
Being a skier on the National Team has taught me about the value of perseverance, hard work, practice and now I’m working on precision. But I wasn’t always like this.
I have a short attention span, and a high need to be active and it became apparent that I would favour skiing over a class room.
I started skiing in a straight line at Ohau when I was two years old. With my competitive nature racing followed close behind. I started ski race training when I was 10 years old. I was part time training and racing around Wanaka and overseas until I finished school at year 13. A Dux Scholarship to University from Twizel Area School didn’t divert me from training and racing full time. Part of the reason for this was some success at National Championships and Junior World Championships.
Since then I have been to 3 World Championships where my latest best result was 34th in the Super G at St Moritz (SUI) 2017. In the last three years I have reduced my world ranking progressively from around 300th to 60th as of June 2017
I am currently training year round with the New Zealand Ski Team. Queenstown Health has been great to me, my injuries and prevention of injuries while I’m based out of Queenstown.
“This year the Cromwell Netball Club had four teams involved in the Wanaka and Alexandra netball competitions.
Cromwell A & B teams both played in the top A-grade in Wanaka. Cromwell A won the first round, and made it to the final for the second year in a row but unfortunately weren’t able to bring the win home. Cromwell B took home the runner-up Etiquette cup, which is judged on all teams in the competition.
Cromwell C had a great year in the Wanaka competition and took out the win in their B- grade final.
Cromwell also had a social team play in the Alexandra Saturday competition and placed third in their grade.
Overall the club saw great numbers and results for the 2017 season, with lots of new faces which we aways love to see.
The club really appreciates it’s sponsorship from Queenstown Health – which we advertise and thank our sponsors on our Facebook page, in the local Cromwell paper and at our end-of-year Prizegivng. Queenstown Health are always on-hand when we want to run a warm-up / stretching session and play a huge role in helping to get those sore and injured bodies back out on the court when required!”