Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at Big Air Event

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at Big Air Event
X Games and Olympic stars head to Mt Ruapehu's Turoa

MT RUAPEHU 19 SEPTEMBER 2017: Some of the biggest names in the New Zealand freestyle snow sports scene will hit Mt Ruapehu on Saturday September 23 in memory of one of this country’s freeski legends.

The inaugural Tom Campbell Memorial Big Air event will see NZ Winter Olympians and X Games medallists put on a display for the crowds on a huge jump at Turoa ski area. Athletes attending include: Jossi Wells, James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, Miguel Porteous and Jackson Wells, with Red Bull athlete Nico Porteous and Winter Olympian’s Byron & Beau-James Wells also expected.

Renowned as “Ohakune’s favourite son”, 27-year-old Tom Campbell tragically passed away in a car accident in June this year. Tom grew up in the central North Island town at the foot of Mt Ruapehu and following in the footsteps of his father Fred, who is Turoa’s current Trails and Grooming Manager, he showed passion and exceptional talent for driving snow groomers on the mountain from an early age.

After making an invaluable contribution toward the creation of terrain parks at Turoa ski area, Tom ventured south to Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka. He worked there for around six years, becoming an icon in the ski fraternity for the jumps he built, particularly the 26-metre long jump for the Jossi Wells Invitational Freeski and Snowboard Competition in 2016. The jump was dubbed “the best in the world” by the international stars who competed at the event.

Mt Ruapehu Marketing Manager Matt McIvor says, "Tom was such a rockstar and truly unique in the industry because he skied everything he built, including the biggest jumps in New Zealand. He was often the first to try his masterpieces to ensure they were riding nicely for others. He was a hero to many of us and will be dearly missed."

Matt says Tom’s death was felt around the world and the Big Air event will offer those who knew him a chance to celebrate his life, and show their respect for the contributions he made, which were his passion. Mt Ruapehu is aiming to make the Tom Campbell Memorial Big Air an annual event.

Event categories include Under 16 and Open, Snowboard and Ski, with an exhibition of jumping from invited pro athletes once the competition section is complete.

Visit mtruapehu.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels