Whilst athletes in the southern hemisphere swelter in the heat and brave torrential rain to take part in summer sports, the student athletes that have chosen winter sports as their pursuit are currently representing Australia and New Zealand at the 2015 Winter Universiade.
In 2015, the 27th Winter Universiade is being hosted in two locations. Part one of the event took place from 24 January to 1 February in Strbske Pleso/Osrblie Slovakia where Cross Country and Biathlon athletes toughed it out against the world's best. Olympian Philip Bellingham along with Jessica Yeaton were Australia's best performers both claiming a top ten finish in the men's free sprint and women's free sprint respectively.
Returning for his third Winter Universiade, Olympian Callum Watson delivered strong performances after recovering from a serious injury sustained in 2014. Congratulations to Australian debutants Anna Trinka and Jessica Yeaton (Cross Country) and the Biathlon team who showed great courage under challenging conditions.
Australian Cross Country Team
Phillip Bellingham - Charles Sturt University
Anna Trnka - Charles Sturt University
Jackson Bursill - Australian National University
Callum Watson - The University of New South Wales
Jessica Yeaton - Montana State University
Australian Biathlon Team
Alex Gibson - Australian Catholic University
Jillian Colebourn - The University of Sydney
Jeremy Flanagan - The University of Melbourne
Part two of the event will take place this coming week from 4 – 14 February in Granada, Spain and will see Australian Snowboarders and one Australian and one New Zealand Figure Skater take to the arena to represent their universities at the 27th Winter Universiade.
Australian Snowboarding Team
Chrisy Richardson - The University of Melbourne - Snowboard - PGS
Josh Glen - Griffith University - Snowboard Slopestyle
Amber Arazny - University of New England - Snowboard Halfpipe & Cross
Michaela Davis-Meehan - The University of Newcastle - Snowboard Slopestyle
Biba Turnbull - University of California - Snowboard Slopestyle
Australian Figure Skating Representative
Jaimee Nobbs - Macquaire University - Figure Skating - Ladies single
New Zealand Figure Skating Representative
Alexandra "Allie" Rout
Find out when the FISU Oceania competitors are competing via the full Winter Universiade 2015 Competition Schedule
For all results and event information visit:
Slovakia - www.tatry2015.sk/
Granada - http://www.granada2015.org/index.php/en/