Alice and Tim clean up at awards


Teen skiing sensation Alice Robinson took out Junior Sportswoman of the Year at this year’s Otago Sports Awards, while her coach Tim Cafe won Coach of the Year.

It comes off the back of a mind-boggling season for Robinson.

The 17-year-old won silver in the World Cup giant slalom final in Andorra in March.

She finished just three-10ths of a second behind arguably the world’s greatest women’s racer, American Mikaela Shiffrin, whom she beat in her second run, and relegated world champion Petra Vlhova, of Slovakia, to third on the podium.

And in February, she won New Zealand’s first junior world title in alpine ski racing.

On Saturday, Robinson beat out New Zealand basketball rep Nicole Ruske, and cyclist Ella Harris, who has just signed with German team Canyon-SRAM, for the award.

Cafe got the top nod over fellow snowsports coach Mitchell Brown, who coaches Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, and athletics coach Raylene Bates.

Sadowski-Synnott also won the Supreme Award.

Cafe, speaking to holiday in Costa Rica after four years of back-to-back winters, says he’s “shocked” by the honour.

“I knew I was nominated but I didn’t really think I had a chance of winning,” he says.

“In my opinion, what Mitchell Brown did with Zoi was stunning, but I’m really stoked to be recognised for Alice’s break-out season.”

Cafe’s now turning his attention to starting his own business training up and comers in the Northern Hemisphere.

If that goes well, he says he’ll look to bring it back to NZ as well.

Robinson, who’s currently training in the United States, couldn’t be reached for comment.