Kiwi Hall reigns supreme in Queenstown


New Zealand Paralympian Adam Hall achieved a career first winning a second gold medal at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ IPC Adaptive Slalom World Cup series in Queenstown.

Hall pulled off the feat up Coronet Peak yesterday, following up his gold medal win in the same event on Wednesday.

Conditions on the Rocky Gully Race Arena were hard and slick with 19 of the 42 competitors knocked out of the race in the first run on demanding 50-gate course.

British celebrity Heather Mills, who picked up a silver on Wednesday, couldn’t repeat her medal-winning effort and yesterday fell at the top of the first run.

Mills, who lost her left leg below the knee in a road accident in 1993 and races with a prosthetic, says she’s pleased with her Games results which will aid her bid to make the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, next year.

“I also want to thank the Winter Games volunteers who were so prepared to come out and help us. It has been a great experience,” she says.

Hall was beaten in the first run by world number 12 – Australia’s Toby Kane – who clocked 44.50 to Hall’s 46.92. In the second run Kane skied out at the top of the course and Hall came home the winner in 1.33.46.

Mitchell Gourley of Australia, ranked fifth in the world, was second in 1.37.15 and James Stanton of the US, ranked 31, took out third in 1.39.56.

“This is a first for me to win back-to-back golds,” Hall says.

“Obviously it’s been a really important result for me and to do it at home is very special. The Winter Games has been a very important event for our sport providing excellent competition for a world-class field on a world-class course.”

The Games continue today with the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup semi-finals and finals at Cardrona.

Meanwhile, the off-mountain festival sees the ‘Blues, Brews and BBQs’ from 10am-3pm at Remarkables Park’s Red Barn in Frankton – it’s free entry.

The Adventure Film Festival has shifted venues for the weekend to the Games Village at Earnslaw Park in Queenstown and starts at 7.30pm with a guest talk by Queenstown aviation adventurer Chuck Berry.

Live entertainment
What: Pistol Nights, The Plebs
When: 6pm, 7pm
Where: Earnslaw Park Queenstown