|University of New England’s Amber Arazny will return to Australia as the most successful Australian Uniroo to compete at a Winter Universiade.
Returning home with two top five placings - a silver medal in snowboard slopestyle and 4th place in the snowboard big air competition, and a top 10 finish (7th in snowboard cross) - Arazny is the highest placed Australian at the event in 32 years.
The University of New England Clinical Exercise Physiology student’s silver medal is the first ever Australian medal won in the snowboard slopestyle competition.
“Winning a medal was very exciting. The slopestyle course and the conditions were a little challenging so I was glad to land the run I had planned,” said Arazny.
While disappointed at not landing a new trick in the Big Air finals, Arazny along with the entire Uniroos team were highly complimentary of the event organisers.
“Everyone involved in running the slopestyle and big air events was really helpful and took on the athletes’ feedback.”
“The medal ceremony went way beyond our expectations, and the medal is definitely the coolest one I own!”
Joining his compatriot on the medal dais a couple of days later, University of New England snowboarder Joss McAlpin won silver in the men’s big air competition. After finishing 5th in the slopestyle event, McAlpin was rewarded for his hard work and brought home a medal from the Universiade.
University of New England Director of UNE Life, David Schmude, couldn’t be more proud of his student-athletes.
“Having two of our student-athletes both win silver medals is fantastic. We were happy to be able to provide them with some support to get them to the Universiade and we couldn’t have asked for a better result,” Schmude said.
Held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the 28th Winter Universiade was attended by 2,481 student-athletes from 57 countries, representing a total of 545 universities worldwide. Joining Amber and Joss from the University of New England were biathletes Jeremy and Timothy Flanagan (The University of Melbourne), Jillian Colebourn (The University of Sydney), Sabrina Howell (Macquarie University) and cross country competitor Nick Montgomery (The University of Melbourne).
In trying conditions, the biathlete and cross country competitors displayed enormous courage and determination to finish their events and represented their country with pride.
Pictured: Amber Arazny at the snowboard slopestyle medal presentation ceremony.