Monday, April 27, 2015

Macquarie student wins silver in snowboarding at the Canadian Nationals

Josh Miller, Macquarie University Sport Scholar, won silver in snowboarding at the Canadian Nationals earlier this month at the Big White Ski Resort, BC Canada.

Having just returned from the USA Nationals where he placed 18th, Josh made an amazing come back in the Canadian competition, beating seven World Cup riders and the current X Games champion.

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Who knew Australia had a snowboarding team? (Image credit: Jodie Chadbourn)

Both races formed part of the Nor-Am circuit (a series of races a level below World Cup) and the Canadian Nationals was the pinnacle of this—Josh finished 9th overall in the season and is the third-highest achieving Australian.

Josh prepared for the Nor-Am circuit in off-season training camps (focusing greatly on improving his technique) in New Zealand, Chile and Austria throughout August, September and November 2014.

He then trained in Whistler, Canada prior to the 2015 season in order to practice his freeriding skills.

During March last year, the Macquarie University student took a break from competing and used this time to attend a special training camp in Colorado, USA. Josh trained alongside the Australian Snowboarding team consisting of world number eight, Jarryd Hughes, as well as world number two and two time world champion, Alex Pullin. Josh describes this training as a turning point which led to the belief and confidence to gain the first podium of his career.

Josh’s next race is scheduled in August this year, in which he will compete in the Australian National Championships.

“I have clear goals in this race: to obtain podiums on both days which should earn myself a spot on the World Cup Tour for the next season as I start to prepare for qualifying for the 2018 Olympics,” said Josh. In the meantime, Josh will be training in NSWIS, Homebush and Narrabeen.

Josh is now ranked 67th in the world in snowboarding and describes his achievements as “the highlight of my career so far.”

The 20-year-old from Woolloomooloo is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Macquarie University.


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