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Coaching Fundamentals Launch

Coaching Fundamentals Launch

20/07/2020, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 29958164


Snow Australia I Vale Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin

Snow Australia I Vale Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin

10/07/2020, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 29945622
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Snow Australia I Vale Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin
mourns loss

The Snow Australia community is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of two-time World Champion and triple Olympian, Alex Pullin, who today lost his life while spearfishing on the Gold Coast.

Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, his partner Ellidy as well as his team mates, coaches and support staff.

A beloved member of the Australian snow sports team, Chumpy was a role model to many and leader within our tight knit snow sports community.

After a decade on the international stage representing Australia proudly, Chumpy was well known as someone who regularly gave back to the sport he dearly loved.

Hailing from Mansfield, Victoria, 32-year-old Pullin was a regular on the World Cup circuit since his first Olympic Games at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

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The world reacts to the loss of Chumpy
Introducing Sport Integrity Australia

The tragic news of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin's untimely passing yesterday left the Olympic community reeling.

The outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from athletes across the sporting world, teammates, fans and young riders he has inspired were a reminder of just what an impact 'Chumpy' had throughout his lifetime.

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SSA eNews 266: Junior Award Nominees Announced

SSA eNews 266: Junior Award Nominees Announced

24/04/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26507990
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SSA eNews 266: Junior Award Nominees Announced

Six nominees for the 2018 Junior Athlete of the Year have been announced ahead of the annualAustralian Ski & Snowboard Awards which will be held in Melbourne on May 3.

Australia’s ski and snowboard athletes will gather for the sport’s night of nights and recognise the outstanding achievements of this unique group who have performed successfully on the international stage.

These six junior athletes join the previously announced nominees for  Athlete of the Year  and now all have the opportunity to be named a finalists and ultimately the winner at the Awards.

Ski & Snowboard Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Kennedy says the Awards night will be a great celebration of achievements by junior and senior athletes.

“We are continually pleased to see the next generation of ski and snowboard athletes performing on the international and domestic stage. Our junior athletes have demonstrated the depth and talent of Australian skiing and snowboarding through their outstanding achievements during the season.

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2018 Australian Ski & Snowboard Awards

Thursday 3 May @ 7pm

Maia, Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade 
Docklands, Melbourne

Buy your Tickets for this exciting event here

Positions Vacant

SSA Performance Pathway & Programs Manager

Ski & Snowboard Australia is seeking a dynamic leader and an excellent communicator with an ability to build positive and collaborative relationships and credibility with athletes, coaches and stakeholders to join it's team as the Performance Pathway & Programs Manager.

This role will provide the drive and leadership for the development and delivery of snowsport programs and performance pathways within the SSA National Athlete Pathway Framework.

The SSA Performance Pathway & Program Manager will provide management and strategic oversight of SSA’s sport pathways including talent identification and targeted emerging talent programs, coach development pathways, development and underpinning performance programs and the high-performance Para Winter programs. In addition, this role will lead and execute SSA’s responsibilities for high performance outcomes in partnership with organisations such as the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS), the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS), the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).

Position Description

Application Closing date:  7 May 2018

Further information regarding the role and how to apply is available via the  Sports People  job listing.

SSA Para Snowboard Head Coach

Australia's Paralympic (Para) Snowboard Program achieved it's best ever Paralympic performance at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, collecting 1 Gold and 1 Bronze medal. With a talented group of senior medal capable athletes and the opportunity for identification and transfer of emerging athletes, Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) is looking for a passionate and technically skilled program leader and Head Coach to lead the program to Beijing 2022.

Position Description

Application Closing date:  9 May 2018

Further information regarding the role and how to apply is available via the  Sports People  job listing.

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SSA eNews: Edition 11 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 11 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

19/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26127300
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SSA eNews: Edition 11 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Targets reached in PyeongChang, now for Beijing 2022

Targets reached in PyeongChang, now for Beijing 2022

Four medals won and a top 15 position on the overall medal tally means the Australian Paralympic Winter Team reached its targets in PyeongChang.

The haul was double Sochi (two) from four years ago and Torino in 2006 (two), and one more than Vancouver (three) in 2010. In fact, Australia’s tally of four is the highest number of medals won since Salt Lake City in 2002 (seven).

The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) was aiming for between two and four medals and a top-15 position from its 12 athletes and three sighted guides in South Korea.

Australia finished with one gold and three bronze from Para-alpine skier Melissa Perrine and Para-snowboarder Simon Patmore to wedge itself into 15th place in the tally, behind Norway (14th) and above Finland (16th).

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PyeongChang 2018 Closing Ceremony

WATCH the PyeongChang wrap, with one gold, three bronze and a top 15 finish, plus the achievements of each athlete on our team, PyeongChang was nothing short of extraordinary.

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Dual Paralympic bronze medallist Perrine named as Closing Ceremony flag bearer

The longer road to Paralympic glory for Mittagong’s Melissa Perrine convinced 2018 Australian Team Chef de Mission Nick Dean that she was the ideal choice to carry the fag at tonight’s Closing Ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

With two athletes winning two medals each in South Korea – Perrine’s two bronze in Para-alpine skiing and Simon Patmore’s gold and bronze in Para-snowboard – it made the decision a tough one.

Patmore enjoyed the better results and also made his Paralympic Winter Games debut in PyeongChang. Perrine was at her third Paralympic Games after two, at times, heart-breaking campaigns in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

“Mel’s a campaigner and as I said right at the outset, I’m happy for medals of any colour,” Dean said.

“Simi (Patmore) was fantastic. Mel’s is more of a saga, more of a story – three Games, 10 years of hard training,” he said.

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Mel Perrine Narrowly misses bronze

Perrine just outside the medals on the final day in PyeongChang

The PyeongChang 2018 Para-alpine skiing program came to an end today, with Australia's Melissa Perrine finishing agonisingly close to a third Paralympic medal after placing fourth in the women's vision impaired Slalom today.

She was second fastest down the hill in 58.33 seconds on the second run - just 0.77 seconds behind eventual gold medallist Menna Fitzpatrick (Great Britain) - but could not make up the time lost in her first run, when she drifted more than three seconds from gold.

"It was a pretty dismal first run. Sorry you guys had to look at that," Perrine said.

"I didn’t ski well in the first run. Second run was a little bit better. I obviously would have liked to do better today. I just didn't go out and perform the way I'm capable of.

"We had to take a step back and reassess (between runs) and just know that it was 'make it or break it' for the second one. I had to go out there and put something special there down and I was able to claw some time back, but not enough."

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SSA eNews: Edition 10 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 10 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

18/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26117956
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SSA eNews: Edition 10 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Gourley

Team Co-captain Gourley gets so close once again

Australian Paralympic Team Co-captain Mitch Gourley enjoyed his third top-10 finish at the PyeongChang 2018 Games but yet again, a first Paralympic medal for the Victorian has eluded him.

And for a second time in this South Korean campaign, he was in bronze medal position after his first run. It happened in the Super Combined on Tuesday – where he finished 5th – and it happened in the Slalom today – where he finished 6th. He also has an 8th from the Giant Slalom on Wednesday.

It seems the Paralympic gods are against Gourley getting a medal hung around his neck. He is a three-time Paralympian and in eight previous races in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Gourley had three top-10 finishes.

He is the reigning world champion in the Super Combined from the 2017 IPC Para-alpine skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. He has seven gold medals from World Cup series racing. The quality is undeniably there but success seems so evasive at a Paralympic Games.

“I don’t think that anything that I did up there today was any different to what I do any other day of the year or any day in the cycle,” Gourley said.

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Mitch video

WATCH:  After a sensational first run in the Slalom, Mitch Gourley was in contention for his first Paralympic medal however he was unable to replicate it for his second attempt and finished in sixth place.

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COMING UP DAY 9: Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom
Para Snowboarders

WATCH:  What a week for Australia's Paralympic snowboarders! Simon Patmore won two medals from two events, while Ben Tudhope and Sean Pollard achieved an incredible top 10 finish.

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Patmore Gallagher story

Paralympian Patmore thanks Gallagher for being part of his journey

Dual PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic medallist Simon Patmore drew inspiration from Para-alpine skier turned Para-cyclist Jessica Gallagher, when he bit the bullet and decided he wanted to be a Summer and Winter Paralympian.

While there are many athletes who have switched sports within their seasonal Games – for example Dylan Alcott winning double gold in wheelchair tennis in Rio after winning gold and silver with the men’s wheelchair basketball team at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 – there have only been six Australian athletes in 42 years that have successfully jumped between Summer and Winter.

And only two have won medals in both – Patmore and Gallagher.

“I know how hard it is,” Patmore said, of converting a 200m sprint bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, to gold and bronze in the snowboard cross and banked slalom respectively, at the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

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Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 9 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 9 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

17/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26107078
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SSA eNews: Edition 9 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Patmore adds bronze to his Paralympic medal collection

Patmore adds bronze to his Paralympic medal collection

Australian Paralympic snowboarder Simon Patmore kept clipping seconds off his time with each run in the banked slalom in PyeongChang today to claim bronze – his second medal of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

And in doing so he not only gave himself a 100 per cent record in South Korea - two medals in two events - but doubled the Australian Team's medal tally from Sochi 2014 to four. The Russian collection was two bronze medals. The PyeongChang collection currently sits at one gold and three bronze, with two events left on the 2018 program in Para-alpine skiing: the men's and women's slalom.

That gold is Patmore's after a startling six runs in the snowboard cross on Monday.

"I can't believe it," Patmore said of his precious cargo after being ranked world No.6 in the snowboard cross and No.5 in banked slalom before heading to PyeongChang.

"I literally can't wait to be a week from now and look at my medals and think 'Oh my god, how did I get these?'," the 30-year-old from Brisbane said.

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Shaun video

WATCH:  Meet Shaun Pianta... it has been a tumultuous four years for Pianta and his sighted guide Jeremy O'Sullivan, but this week he made his Paralympic Winter Games debut. 

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COMING UP DAY 8: Para Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 8 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 8 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

16/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26093322
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SSA eNews: Edition 8 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Melissa Perrine APC YouTube clip

WATCH medal machine Melissa Perrine talk about her journey which started three Paralympic Games ago in Vancouver

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Para Snowbaord Story

A night on the South Korean coast to refresh Australia’s Paralympic snowboarders

The Australian Paralympic snowboard team headed off to the South Korean coastal town of Gangneung this week to give everyone a change of scenery between Monday’s snowboard cross and today's banked slalom at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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Melissa Perrine Career Decision

No call yet on Beijing 2022 Games by dual Paralympic bronze medallist Perrine

After breaking her Paralympic Games medal drought in PyeongChang, Para-alpine skier Melissa Perrine is undecided on whether to return to Asia in four years’ time for the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games.

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COMING UP DAY 7: Para Snowboard Banked Slalom
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 7 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 7 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

15/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26085631
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SSA eNews: Edition 7 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Melissa Perrine Wins Bronze Again

Perrine backs up her maiden Paralympic medal with another 24 hours later

Two Paralympic bronze in two days - Melissa Perrine is becoming a medal factory for the Australian Paralympic Team at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

She has single-handedly increased Australia's medal tally by two-thirds with her efforts over 24 hours. Her two medals, combined with Para-snowboarder Simon Patmore's gold brings the Australian medal tally to three.

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Melissa Perrine Profile Feature

READ all about the woman taking Australia by storm!

Melissa Perrine is competing in her third Paralympics and has won her first two Paralympic medals in consecutive days. Find out more about her incredible story.

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Melissa Perrrine Video

WATCH Melissa Perrine and sighted guide Christian Geiger talk about what it takes between them to achieve success on their path to PyeongChang.

"The stakes are higher, but the job is the same."

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COMING UP DAY 6: Para Snowboard Banked Slalom
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 6 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 6 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

14/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26070344
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SSA eNews: Edition 6 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Melissa Perrine Wins Bronze

Perrine finally cracks the Paralympic Winter Games podium

A near-perfect Slalom by Melissa Perrine and sighted guide Christian Geiger handed the NSW Southern Highlands skier her first Paralympic medal at her third Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The Perrine-Geiger team were in 6th place after the Super G component in the morning, and then nailed the Slalom course in the afternoon to win bronze behind Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia) taking gold, and Menna Fitzpatrick (Great Britain) the silver.

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Shaun Pianta Preview Video

WATCH Australian Para alpine skier Shaun Pianta's path to PyeongChang.

The last member of the Australian Paralympic Team after he passed a medical test on his injured knee, Shaun and sighted guide Jeremy O'Sullivan have fought the odds to reach their goal.

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Sean Pollard Feature

Pollard takes a giant step on his new sporting journey

Four years ago Sean Pollard was an electrician in Western Australia, today he is a Winter Paralympian after completing his first snowboard event at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

In between he had to face horrors very few have – and survived.

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ICYMI Yesterday
Patmore APC Youtube Video

WATCH Paralympic gold medalist Simon Patmore speak about that gold medal feeling!

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COMING UP DAY 5: Men's Slalom Para Alpine Skiing
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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