Page header shows our sponsored skiers who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics; (left to right) Scott Kneller, Sam Wells, Sami Kennedy-Sim & Jenny Owens.
Jenny Owens and Scott Kneller retired from elite competition after the Olympics but Jenny has decided to return to Alpine skiing and is heading overseas for the 2016-17 winter season.
SASC has provided sponsorship for the 2016-17 northern winter to Sam Wells, Sami Kennedy-Sim, Tim Easdale and Jenny Owens.
See latest updates below:
Sam Wells - Aerial Skier Update January-February:
"Well, the start of the new year hasn’t exactly panned out as I had hoped it would. After a great start to the competition season in China, I have continued to jump well, however, I have experienced a string of challenges, which have interrupted my jumping; including colds, viruses, a couple of small injuries to my knee and shoulder/neck, a concussion and food poisoning.
When I have been able to jump, I have jumped really well; building my jumps at each site to peak in competition. I competed my best ever scoring full-full in the qualification round in Lake Placid, which saw me take the lead going into the finals. My jump in the finals round of 12 was fantastic, however I landed ever so slightly under-rotated and went ‘over the handlebars’ to finish in 12th. It was a very similar story in Deer Valley; my training went really well, landing a number of triple twisting doubles in training. My qualification jump pretty much replicated my jump in finals in Lake Placid- slightly under-rotated and a ‘punch front’ landing, putting me out of the finals and in the first aid tent with a mild concussion!
It was this concussion and the return to sport protocol that our team uses which kept me from competing in the World Cup and Olympic Test Event in South Korea. I did however get a chance to check out the site for next year’s Olympic Winter Games and get a feel for the area which is very valuable information leading up to the games.
Although it hasn’t been a smooth beginning to the year, I am still optimistic for the remaining three events. I am enjoying another five days of rest before our next training block in Minsk, Belarus and the following World Cup. I will be returning in full health and ready to bring my best.
I do hope that our club members have been able to enjoy some time on snow this northern winter season, or at least try and escape the sweltering Aussie heatwave with some winter sports on Foxtel! And a massive congratulations to Sami Kennedy-Sim on her silver at the World Cup!!!
I have attached a picture from our training block in Park City; check out our new green suits!
Until next time, thanks for your continuing support."
Tim Easdale - Ski Cross competitor:
Tim's is still waiting for confirmation of his northern winter program:
"Nothing concrete has been set in stone as yet, but there is a pro-visionary plan in place to do a month long alpine block in the lead up to xmas. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless!
I can't thank the club enough for its support of my skiing and my growth as a person."
Sami Kennedy Sim - Ski Cross competitor: February news -
"Dear Family and Friends,
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for your kind words and support as I achieved one of my goals over the weekend in Idre Sweden. 2nd place in a World Cup! To be honest it still hasn't quite sunk in yet!
None of this would be possible without your support And the support of the Australian Ski Cross Team. I am so proud of what we achieved this weekend. My coaches Shawn and Danny and my ski man Martin have been terrific and our result on Saturday shows just how well things are going.
There is no rest for the wicked... Ok perhaps a few days rest... We fly to Russia on Monday for the next stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup Ski Cross tour. All the things we have been working on will continue to be put into practice and hopefully some more great results will come!
So just incase you missed it, here is a link to the podium run:
I have also attached a few pictures for you- And as usual you can follow my facebook page www.facebook.com/SamiKennedySim for images, videos and more.
Thank you again!"
See Sami's blog for more detail.
History of our Sponsored Athletes:
- Sami Kennedy-Sim competed as an alpine racer until 2009 when she tried ski cross and now competes in Ladies World Cup events. Sami survived a stroke in 2013 and recovered to represent Australia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Sami now has her goal set on the Olympics in 2018. Sami's best World Cup result was 4th at Val Thorens, France in Feb 2014.
- Sam Wells is a third generation SASC member, Sam grew up skiing with her family at Charlotte Pass. After spending many years in competitive gymnastics at local, state and international level Sam turned to aerial skiing and has progress very quickly through to World Cup events. Sam competed at the Sochi Olympics. Prior to this year Sam's best result was 4th place at the Canadian World Cup at Val St Come in January 2014. Sam has overcome calf injury that saw her miss a good portion of 2014/15 season but she has come back with some new jumps.
- Tim Easdale is also a third generation SASC member, Tim has come through the SASC Junior program and has already spent plenty of time skiing in the northern hemisphere with family. After a few health issues Tim is now itching to have a real crack at the serious Ski Cross competition.
- Jenny Owens is a second generation SASC member, has been to 3 Olympics in Alpine and ski cross events. Jenny retired from ski Cross competition after Sochi but Jenny found some unfinished business and is heading overseas to try and re-discover form in Alpine disciplines.
SASC provides cash support to adult members competing in Snowsports at an elite level to ease the financial burden for their training and competition and to provide moral support.
Applications for sponsorship are considered each year at the September Club meeting. Further information is available from the Club Secretary.
Member's children (under 19 years) are eligible for “Junior” elite snowsports athlete sponsorship please contact the Juniors Secretary for details.