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Gravity X proves a winner for Canterbury University

Gravity X proves a winner for Canterbury University

August 28 2012 - The most popular event of the 2012 Uni Snow Games proved a winner for Canterbury University, with two athletes taking gold medals from today’s fast and technical racing.

The Gravity X attracted more than 75 competitors at Cardrona today, all battling it out for line honours and the chance to propel their campus up the Uni Snow Games leaderboard.

Canterbury University students proved the fastest, with Team Snow Xchange rider Hannah Orchard taking the gold in the Boarder X and Harrison Steedman putting in the fastest run of the skiers.

Victoria University’s Courtney Tate was the fastest of the female skiers, while Otago University’s Marc Andri Riedi claimed his second gold of the games in the male Boarder X section.

Cardona also hosted today’s Uni Snow Games halfpipe event, which saw students put to the test. Andri Riedi picked up his third gold in the male board event, while Waikato University snow boarder Natalie Good won the female section.

Otago University’s Mikey Austin was the best of the female skiers, while Canterbury University’s Dominic Campbell won the male ski section.

University Sport New Zealand executive director Peter McDonald said the Uni Snow Games was a fantastic week and he was impressed with the talent on display.

“All three of the medal winners in the female Boarder X today have represented New Zealand at some level,” he said.

“There’s definitely some good, high quality and competitive racing going on this week, which is great to see. There’s also a lot of students who are just here to have a go and have a good time with it. There’s good competitiveness out there, but there’s some good, friendly banter on the sidelines too, and it’s all contributing to a really good week.”

The 2012 Uni Snow Games continues tomorrow with the Slopestyle and Big Air at Cardrona, and concludes with the cross country and biathlon events at Snow Farm on Thursday.


Gravity Cross

Ski (Male): 1. Harrison Steedman (Canterbury University), 2. Stefan Calder (Auckland University), 3. Henry Schikker (Otago University)
Ski (Female): 1. Courtney Tate (Victoria University), 2. Mikey Austin (Otago University), 3. Caitlin Feasey (Canterbury University)

Board (Male): 1. Marc Andri Riedi (Otago University), 2. George Beattie (Lincoln University), 3. Thomas Grant (Auckland University)
Board (Female): Hannah Orchard (Canterbury University), 2. Natalie Good (Waikato University), 3. Katie Logan (Otago University)


Ski (Male): 1. Dominic Campbell (Canterbury University), 2. Sam Gapes (Auckland University), 3. Jonty Coats-Harrison (Auckland University)
Ski (Female): 1. Mikey Austin (Otago University), 2. Courtney Tate (Victoria University), 3. Caitlin Feasey (Canterbury University)

Board (Male): 1. Marc Andri Riedi (Otago University), 2. Nick Johnstone (Canterbury University), 3. Jonathan Arlidge (Auckland University)
Board (Female): 1. Natalie Good (Waikato University), Loretta Hogg (AUT), Hannah Orchard (Canterbury University)


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