Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Carl Murphy Tops Podium at First Race of Season

Media Release
Carl Murphy Tops Podium at First Race of Season


Landgraaf, Netherlands 22 November 2012 - New Zealand adaptive snowboarder Carl Murphy (Wanaka) is celebrating the best possible start to his northern hemisphere season, standing atop the podium after his first race.
Carl was the winner of the men’s Snowboard Cross in the Lower Limb Impaired category at the first of a two-day IPCAS race at SnowWorld in the Netherlands on 22 November. As the first qualifying event for the Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the race has attracted a strong international field including athletes from New Zealand, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Finland.


The race location provided a novel experience and some unusual challenges for racers. SnowWorld, located in Landgraaf in the Netherlands, is an entirely indoor facility, the largest of its kind in the world. Snow Sports NZ’s Adam Dooney who coaches Carl Murphy explains: “We arrived at SnowWorld in Landgraaf on Tuesday morning and went straight on snow for a training session. The hotel and all the facilities are connected to the snow centre so although we have been snowboarding for the last three days we haven't been outside at all!”

SnowWorld’s facilities include a 550m long snow covered slope, 250m wide with three surface tows and a six-seater chairlift. Being limited for space the course is very tight with features very close together, which would make for some exciting racing.

The format for the Adaptive Snowboard Cross is three individual timed runs with each racer’s best two times combined for their overall result. Depending on the racer’s impairment they race in one of three classes: Upper Limb Impaired, Lower Limb Impaired and Visually Impaired, with both Carl Murphy and fellow Kiwi Byron Raubenheimer (Auckland) racing in the Lower Limb Impaired category.

Carl Murphy, who is currently ranked number two in the world, showed his class by maintaining focus under pressure to take out the win.

"I’m so stoked to finish on the podium in the first race of my 2012-2013 season,” he enthused. “From the moment I woke up I was 110% focused on claiming the gold and after putting down the fastest time of the day in the first run I knew I could do it. My second run saw me crash out and slip back into about ninth place. In the third run, I did what I had to and held it together to finish two seconds faster than Canada's Tyler Mosher in second place and Merijn Koek of Holland claiming third.

“My focus now shifts to tomorrow’s day of racing where I want to back up today’s results and once again claim the gold.”

Byron Raubenheimer also demonstrated his significant potential, posting the second fastest time in one run but was unfortunately disqualified after falling on two out of three of his runs.

Snow Sports NZ’s Adam Dooney is pleased with the results, claiming a “great start to the season for both Carl and Byron” and congratulating Carl on “pulling out the win under pressure.”

Racing continues in the same format tomorrow and Dooney is hopeful of another podium finish for the Kiwis.

“Both Carl and Byron are definitely looking strong and in with a shot.”

For Carl Murphy, today’s race result is part of a dual celebration having just heard the news that he will be the recipient of an AMP National Scholarship. The scholarship will assist Carl in his campaign to represent New Zealand at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

Ends


For information on Snow Sports NZ Adaptive Snow Sports Athletes: http://www.snowsports.co.nz/sports/adaptive-snow-sports-nz/athletes/

For information regarding the two-day IPCAS race at SnowWorld in the Netherlands:http://www.wintersport.nl/event/ipcas-race


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news