Barwood takes national GS title

Kiwi women's GS winner: Piera Hudson PICTURE: STASH MEDIAWORX

Queenstown ski racer Adam Barwood has won the men’s Giant Slalom title at the New Zealand Alpine National Championships.

Amongst a large field of international ski racers at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak yesterday, Barwood was just 0.05 seconds behind NZ teammate and defending champion Willis Feasey, of Twizel, after the first run.

However he was able “iron out a few mistakes” and overtake Feasey in the second run, despite flat light, and finish 11th overall.

Feasey was second-fastest Kiwi in 14th, followed by Tai Juneau in 26th, while Belgian Sam Maes claimed the overall race win.

Kiwi men’s GS winner: Adam Barwood

Defending women’s champion, Queenstown 16-year-old Alice Robinson, headed Havelock North’s Piera Hudson by 0.40s in her first run, but skied out of the course during her second run.

Hudson was unchallenged for both the race win and the national title, followed by Queenstowners Alexandra Hull and Eden McKay, who placed 8th and 10th overall.

The podium finish was special for Hull and McKay as they both missed last year’s national champs due to injury and were surprised to finish in the medals.

Coronet Peak hosts the Coronet Cup GS today, the national slalom champs tomorrow and the Coronet Cup slalom on Wednesday.