Queenstown ski racer retains title

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Queenstown ski racer Adam Barwood retained his NZ Alpine Championship title at Coronet Peak this weekend.

The pacey 21-year-old won the overall title and was top placed New Zealander in both the slalom and giant slalom races.

Queenstowner Harriet-Miller Brown took the national slalom title as an international field competed in the FIS National Ski Racing Championships.

QAST (Queenstown Alpine Ski Team) coach Celine Arnold took the national giant slalom title, placing 34th overall and top New Zealand on the course at Rocky Gully Race Arena.

The victories sees 2012 NZ alpine champion Barwood continue his lightening progress up the international rankings ladder in both disciplines this year – climbing to 290 in giant slalom and 293 in slalom.

Fresh snow overnight Wednesday saw the giant slalom postponed until Friday.

Barwood finished 18th on the 34-gate course after two runs while Austrian Manuel Wleser was the overall winner.

In Saturday’s slalom race Barwood finished eighth, with Austrian Michael Matt winning the race. Nick Prebble was second placed Kiwi in both races.

The international field was represented by nations as diverse as USA, Russia, Uzbekistan, Sweden, Great Britain, Korea and of course Austria, with many teams remaining in town after the Winter Games NZ.

Harriet Miller-Brown placed 15th in the slalom, top New Zealander.

The Super G race will be held at Mt Hutt mid-September.