3rd Snowvision Formthotics Scholarships Announced
Four top New Zealand ski racers are the recipients of more than $6000 total in scholarships over the next year.
New Zealand's top male and female ski racers in full time competition Jamie Prebble and Taylor Rapley have received main scholarships, with additional scholarships given to Adam Barwood and Emily Wright, the country's top under-20 skiers. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of results from this winter season in New Zealand.
Taylor Rapley seemed ecstatic at the news: "It has been a tough year for everyone, and finding funds to continue competing full time is tougher than ever. This will help my campaign this Northern Hemisphere, and push me closer to my goal of competing in Sochi, Russia in the 2014 Olympics."
Snowvision Chief Executive Fiona Stevens said the scholarship was becoming well established; being in its third year now. "It is fantastic that Formthotics have continued to support young ski racing talent through these scholarships. They are a global New Zealand success story and their product is used by many New Zealand athletes, so it is a natural fit."
Seven junior athletes are the recipients of the Snowvision McKenzie Scholarships.
This year's scholarships were awarded to 11-14 year old ski racers at junior race series. Fiona Stevens, CEO of Snowvision and New Zealand Olympian was joined by current National Ski Team member and fellow Olympian Tim Cafe, top coach Chris Knight and New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance representative Fiona Boyer to scout talent at a series of junior races throughout the season. All those involved were impressed by the level of junior talent seen at the races this season. Those chosen were:p
Ben Richards, HPC Cardrona
Jackson Rich, QAST
Alex Hull, QAST
Toby Eady, HPC Cardrona
Phoebe Young, HPC Cardrona
Sam Bushell, Team Hutt
McKenzie Frost, Ohau
The scholarships total over $3000 and will be paid directly to regional training programmes to help cover the cost of training for the athletes during the 2012 winter. It is important to keep talented junior racers in the sport, and financial support is pivotal in achieving this.
The McKenzie Scholarships were launched in 2006 through the generosity of their namesake Sir Roy McKenzie (ONZ KBE 1922-2007). Sir Roy was part of New Zealand's first Winter Olympic Team that competed in Oslo in 1952. In those days, the journey itself to the 1952 Winter Olympics was a major challenge for the team. Whilst at the Olympics, Sir Roy captured athletes on film and brought the footage back to New Zealand. It was from this endeavour that the vision to create an opportunity for others to develop their skills in the alpine and winter activities was born.
Snowvision hopes the scholarships will continue into the future, and help achieve more New Zealanders winning on snow.
11th January 2008
The Snowvision Foundation is saddened that its Founding Patron, Sir Edmund Hillary, has passed away at the age of 88. His support to the Foundation was invaluable. The passing of this great New Zealander is a huge loss to the alpine community and to New Zealand as a whole!
He has been described as, "A legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist and is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived. But most of all he was a quintessential Kiwi."
Snowvision aims to emulate Sir Ed's (as he was affectionately known) achievements, by getting New Zealanders into winter alpine recreation.
As one of our greatest New Zealanders his achievements and work remain one of our most compelling inspirations.
The obituary from the Daily Telegraph is an excellent account of his outstanding achievements and his life:
Sir Edmund Hillary, who died late yesterday aged 88, made his name as the first conqueror (with Norgay Tenzing) of Everest; just as impressive, though, was the use he made of his renown over the remainder of his life.
On the one hand there were feats of exploration - to the Antarctic and South Pole from 1956 to 1958; in other parts of the Everest region in the early 1960s (including a search for the Abominable Snowman, or yeti). In 1968 he drove jetboats up the violent rapids of Nepalese rivers; in 1977 he took them up the Ganges.