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We're down to the last course of the 'OOTZ A La Carte in the Park event series, with some tasty dishes served up in the last few weeks. Here's the recap: The Bread and Butters Rail Jam kicked off the menu, attracting talent in both ski and snowboard disciplines. It was a close competition with Gus Broersen, Tom Heffernan Charlie Mills, Mo Di Natale, Allie Coates taking first places. The Cheese and Crackered Rail Jam was served up second on Hotham's Basin Terrain Park, another great weather day which witnessed serious talent in both ski and board comps. Sam Heffernan, Harry Martin, Dylan Walker, Carter Mills, Jon Martin, Ava-Willow Wilson and Yennie Trant taking first place in their groups. The Hot-Ham Snowboard Banked Slalom and Hot-Ham Hammer were the first of the main courses in the series. The Banked Slalom offered some some exciting entertainment for guests riding the chairlift above Heavenly Valley’s ‘Gun Barrel', as we saw some hot competition from Buller Race Club. Taking first positions in the Banked Slalom were Dylan Walker, Christian De Oliveira, Mollie Fernandez, Kieran McLaughlin and Georgia Mylonas. The Hot-Ham Hammer was a new event for this year, held on Heavenly Valley’s ‘Harper’s Moguls Course’, and it was a success! This event saw the return of many series regulars, with competition from Canadian visitors shaking things up. Winners included Kareema Wakim, Sam Heffernan, Amy Seedsman, Austin Hoadley and Emily Tewksbury. The third and final main of the series, the Cow Hide Free Ride, was served on Heavenly Valley’s Canyon’s. The sun was shining and the snow was soft, which were perfect conditions for a free ride. It was nice to see our female snowboarders out in force this event showing some great riding for the judges. Winners were Kyle McGown, Rex Everatt, Sophie Guiness, Courtney Bartlett, Jett Elkins, Tom Heffernan, Dylan Walker and Damien Myers. Next up is our final event the Spring Sessions Sorbet on 7 September which will 'sort the men from the boys' so to speak
Skier Cross athlete and two time Olympian Katya Crema teamed up with girls from Chicks with Stix for the Mt Hotham Throwdown on the Sunday, an initiative to get young girls involved with skiing and snowboarding and encouraging them to push through to the next level.“I love going out skiing with young girls that absolutely love the sport, I get a lot back from their improvement”, says Katya Crema, Ski Cross Olympian and ambassador for Chicks with Stix. The event started with a quick jog around the snow gums, star jumps and lunges with Crema, getting the girls warmed up and ready to throw down tricks the Basin Terrain Park despite the fog “We want everyone to ride to their ability level, but if you’re keen to try out new tricks, our coaches are here to guide you”, says free-ride skier Zoe Jaboor. Chicks with Stix started in 2010 by Zoe Jaboor, a mogul skier turned free-rider, to influence girls in the Australian snow industry. The free event offers girls a chance to improve their skills on snow with Australia’s top athletes. The event featured top coaches like Olympian Katya Crema along with familiar faces like Hotham local Hannah Studd and Merrin Jokic. Wennie Tan, snowboarder and Physiotherapist from Melbourne, says the event was fun and well organised, and admitted to feeling a little star struck by the coaches. “I probably would sign up to co-ed comps but the vibe here is different. It’s a less intimating and more encouraging environment and it’s easier to perform without the pressure.” The participants had an hour to get familiar with the course set up, before being judged on different components like difficulty, amplitude, and variety of the tricks. “The resort has been really supportive with providing a venue for girls to get together and advertising these events to promote more females in the industry”, says Crema. “I’m one of a small handful of female skiers who have taken skiing to a professional level and when Zoe Jaboor got in touch about her plans, I was really pumped to get involved.” The Chicks with Stix is not only for future athletes but also about enjoying time on snow.“The more girls that get involved from a junior development level, the more opportunity we will have for females representing Australia at the Olympics. We actually had more females than males represented at the Sochi Olympics for the very first time which is really encouraging.”
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