Something special for Hamish

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Fresh from claiming silver at the US snowboarding nationals, Arrowtown teen Hamish Bagley is celebrating again.
The 14-year-old wonderkid is the recipient of Winter Festival’s Special Achiever Award, given by local charity the Bruce Grant Youth Trust. 

A New Zealand age-group halfpipe champ for the past two years, Hamish was runner-up in the under-14 halfpipe competition at the US nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado, last month. 

“Hamish is a phenomenal athlete,” trust chairman Andrew Brinsley says. 

“He’s very young but already displays the drive and commitment that ensure he will reach the top of his discipline.” 

Fundraising for Hamish during Winter Festival will take place at Mountain Scene’s Thriller in the Chiller boxing night at the Events Centre on June 27 – which includes a charity auction – and via coin donations at Opening Night and Mardi Gras. Last year $14,000 was raised for the inaugural special achiever, Winter Olympian Tim Cafe. 

Hamish says funds will go towards getting back to the northern hemisphere for further training with the NZ Winter Performance Programme 2014. More immediately his aim is to qualify for the junior world champs at Cardrona and Snow Park in August. 

The Bruce Grant Youth Trust is named after a local Winter Olympian who died after summiting K2 in the Himalayas in 1995. The award, in its second year, helps talented young locals pursue their sporting or cultural interests.