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. Jenny returned to Alpine skiing for 2016-17 winter season but came home when mountain support was not forth coming. Jenny has since retired from skiing.
SASC sponsored Sam Wells, Sami Kennedy-Sim, Tim Easdale and Jenny Owens for the 2016-17 northern winter.
Unfortunately even though Tim ended 2015-16 winter with excellent results he was not able to find a program to suit, he returned his sponsorship funds and stayed home to study. Tim is grateful for the support offered by the Club.
See latest updates below:
Sam Wells - Aerial Skier - Update 24th April 2017
"A short break in Italy saw me recover well from Deer Valley World Cup’s concussion and food poisoning. I had a few productive and confidence building days of training in Minsk, Belarus before the World Cup event there.
I’d say that this was my best World Cup of the season, even though it wasn’t my best result. I had great training, and qualification jumps, landing myself in the super-final. I hadn’t had a whole lot of practice on my other triple twisting double during the season, however we (my coaches and I) decided that it would be good to get some practice, regardless of it being in competition. I competed a Full DoubleFull in the super-final, missing the landing to finish in 5th. I was pleased with the event despite the missed landing; it left me hungry to practice more of my triple twisting doubles.
In Moscow, Russia, I had great opportunity to get this practice in. I landed many in training and adjusted very well to the strange dimensions of the scaffold site. On the competition day I didn't bring my best, missing the finals.
We then flew to Sierra Nevada, Spain, for World Championships. I had never jumped in Spain, and the site had great dimensions. We struggled with weather well above 0 degrees C (hot, sunny and up to 14C!) during the days and needed to use a LOT of dry ice top firm the site up enough to jump after the sun had set.
Again I jumped well in training, landing my triple twisting doubles. I qualified through to the finals in 4th place. On the day of the finals, I didn’t jump well. I had peaked a day too early! In the round of 12 I had to break form to stick my landing; the judges weren’t too pleased with that. I finished the event in 10th place.
"Overall I had a pretty up and down season in competition, but jumped well for the most part. After a closer review of the season it was nice to find that there were some recurring elements attached to my suboptimal performances in competition, and to know that these are things I can set to work on during the summer months in preparation for next winter. I was really happy to have improved my air scores and my landings this winter, and to have achieved some of the best form scores on the World Cup circuit!
It has been wonderful to have had the support of the club this year, and to follow along with the competitions of other SASC supported athletes!
Thank you for the ongoing encouragement and support!!!!"
Sami Kennedy Sim - Ski Cross competitor: April update
"I have not ended the season with the ranking I desired, but I did manage to get on the podium! I managed to implement changes to my race plan, my mental game, my strength and conditioning and the management of myself on the road. To see some of these changes pay off, some that need more refining. To have been able to share in open, honest communication with my coaches and support team has been the biggest triumph this year.
Thank you to the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, NSWIS, Ski and Snowboard Australia; Our program partners; Shawn, Danny and Martin; My personal Sponsors and Supporters; My friends and Family; And mostly to my husband Ben... Thank you for joining me on this exciting path. And I look forward to bringing better results into and at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
I have returned home just over one week ago and I am about to begin training again... To implement new strategies, more changes and more work than ever to get on that Podium in February 2018"
See Sami's end of season wrap up here
Here is a link to Sami's 2017 podium run:
Jenny Owens - Retired:
After returning home and having knee surgery Jenny decided to retire, we wish Jenny all the very best for her future!
"With the season going how it did, I realised I’d have to find a coach to get me to my 4th Olympics and to possibly reach my top 10 goal. Putting numbers on paper and looking at a needed budget of $100,000, I decided it wasn’t worth the effort, the stress, the sweat and the tears, especially at my age! ............ It has been great having you all support me once again, helping raise funds, reading my blogs and following my journey on social media.
This clearly isn’t goodbye but see you soon"
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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.