Young guns focus on their Olympic dream

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Two Wakatipu youngsters have their sights set on future Winter Olympics after national success on the slopes.

Arrowtown’s Hamish Bagley, 13, recently won gold at the under-14 halfpipe event at the Junior Freeski and Snowboard Nationals and 10-year-old Cameron-Leigh Murphy won the under-10 girls’ skier-cross and the under-10 girls’ parallel giant slalom at the same event.

For the past two weeks Hamish has been training with international 2010 Winter Olympians on the halfpipe at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

The budding snowboarder was hand-picked by his coaches to train with international athletes getting the last of the southern hemisphere Olympic-standard facilities.

Hamish is in his second year in the elite winter performance programme development squad – he’s the only one from the Wakatipu – that grooms young athletes for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“It’s pretty high-powered stuff, really,” her dad Roy Bagley says.

“If everything goes to plan, he may be in the frame for 2014.”

Bagley says his son’s “worked extremely hard” to get where he is – despite funding availability being “a pretty hard road”.

Cameron-Leigh has her sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympics after beating five others in each category. She’s been a member of the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team for the past four years.

“We were stoked for Cam [winning national titles] – she worked pretty hard to get there. She’s pretty dedicated for a 10-year-old,” mum Lisa Murphy says.