We finished off 2014 with Stephanie Gilmore being named world women’s surfing champion and that success has continued into 2015.
Over the past few days, we have seen two new Australian world champions emerge in Laura Peel (Aerial Skiing) and Scotty James (Snowboard Halfpipe), while mogul skier Britt Cox picked up a bronze medal at the World Championships in Austria.
Laura’s story is inspiring for any young athlete as she was a former gymnast who changed to aerial skiing as part of a talent transfer program.
These three successes together with the double gold medals in the men’s and women’s team pursuit events at the track cycling World Cup in Colombia on Sunday, makes this a remarkable start to the year.
After solid and in some ways unlucky performances from our team in Sochi, it is very heartening to see two young athletes reaching their potential and winning gold at the FIS Ski and Snowboard World Championships.
Our success is a testimony to the continued cooperation and collaboration between the AIS, Olympic Winter Institute, and Ski and Snowboard Australia to provide funding and support to our best winter athletes.
I congratulate all our athletes on their success.
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)