The UNSW National Winter Games Team are ready and raring to defend their streak of success and take home their 4th consecutive UniSport Snow Nationals title in August, after winning an impressive 7 gold medals last year, over runners-up University of Sydney who walked away with 5.
The Snow Nationals Championship will run from the 25-29th August in Thredbo with participants competing across over 14 different events, with the snow looking promising this year. The UNSW team is made up of 30 students who have a shared passion for skiing and competing from a recreational to elite level.
Co-captains Zoe Spanos (4th year Commerce/Media) and Kate Hobbs (3rd year Commerce/Civil Engineering) are part of UNSW’s Elite Athlete Program and have been heavily involved in snow sports from a young age. They will both be competing in the Super G and Giant Slalom events, with Zoe also contending in the Slalom, and Kate in the Skier X and Cross Country events. They pride themselves on creating a supportive and fun team environment and find that watching their team enjoying the competition experience is the most fulfilling part of their role.
“Although the title comes down to the number of gold medals won, winning the championships is still a massive team effort. Everyone is always out there supporting their teammates when they are not competing themselves.”
Both captains point to the legacy that has been created within the club by previous teams and leaders, and the strong culture of support which has been integral to their continual success over the years.
“This uplifting environment can really be attributed to the captains that came before us as they instilled an inclusive setting and supportive culture when we first joined the team. We hope we can continue this tradition for future ski team members and solidify ourselves as one of the best sporting teams not just at UNSW, but in Australian university sport.”
Students interested in snow sports can follow the team on Facebook and look out for expressions of interest to join the team in the future.