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SHORT AND SHARP
Wanaka snowboarder Carl
won gold at an
event, held at
snow centre in the
Netherlands last week.
Murphy, who uses a
prosthetic limb, won two gold
medals in the lower limb-
impaired category of the two-
Alpine Health & Fitness staff
Jose Gomes, Haylee Roberts,
Danniel Bocatios, Cris Van
Den Berg, Cassie Chow and
won the NZ
Club of the
for a medium-sized gym. The
Queenstown Lakes District
Council-owned company was
a finalist alongside five other
gyms. A judge said the
impressive growth at the gym
and high attendance
numbers were an indication
of happy, loyal members.
Racing to an
Team challenge awaits
By BROOKE GARDINER
Silver success: Queenstown ski racer Taylor Rapley with some of the silverware
she hauled in during the 2012 winter ski season.
National champion ski racer
Taylor Rapley is about to open a
new chapter in her athletic career
but the talented Queenstowner
promises she is not turning her
back on New Zealand for good.
The 21-year-old leaves tomorrow
for the United States where she
has been awarded a valuable
scholarship to study and race at
the University of Vermont.
Having secured a spot in the best
university ski team in America,
Rapley knows the big challenge
will be retaining it.
''I have three years of eligibility
over there but it's all dependant
on how fast I ski and how good my
grades are. I will be the underdog
but it will be good for me. I will
have to step it up to stay on the
team,'' she said.
Excited about the new opportun-
ities, Rapley said she was really
looking forward to being part of a
successful racing team.
''I've been training mostly with
boys and joining other teams so it
will be good to train with girls
who are way better than me.
''I'm really excited. It will be a
And she was looking forward to
facing different kinds of expecta-
tions from team mates and
''There is pressure to perform for
your team and not just yourself.''
Lectures start on January 7, so
Rapley plans to train in Colorado
for a month before her gruelling
''We race every weekend all over
the East Coast and rest of the
country and we can train up to
five days a week but we also have
to be full time in class.''
Rapley, who is a second-year
Massey University psychology
student, hopes to eventually
graduate from Vermont, reduce
her world ranking and FIS
(International Ski Federation)
points and represent New Zealand
at the Olympics.
She said she had no regrets about
her decision to turn down the
opportunity to compete at the
World Championships in Austria
in February 2013 and said it was
more important she focused on
performing for the Vermont team.
''The University of Vermont is
giving me more opportunity in
one winter than anything I have
ever been given here.
''I'm just doing what's best for
me,'' she said.
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