Paul claims gold at Aus Snow Uni Games

La Trobe University struck gold at the 2016 Australian Snow University games, capping off a great competition with a first place finish in the individual female cross country event at Mt Buller.

The Snow University Games are for university students from across Australia and are the only sanctioned Australian University Sport winter event.

Katerina Paul claimed best overall cross country female as a result of her stellar performance on the slopes, holding the lead from start to finish to take home the gold medal.

The result topped off a great weekend of results for the team of eight, claiming an additional silver and two bronze medals across the five day competition.

That tally placed La Trobe eighth in the overall university rankings among the nineteen teams that competed.

Sean Finney registered a best time of 25.47 on the Parrallel Giant Slalom, falling just .58 seconds shy of UNSW’s Gregory Whitehead to win silver.

Breanna Wharton featured prominently across multiple events, claiming bronze on the snowboard in both the Super G and Boardercross events.

Team Manager and fellow competitor, James Rourke-Dunkley, said the weekend’s success was a credit to the camaraderie shown among the team.

“The culture within our team was great,” said Rourke-Dunkley. “I’m immensely proud of the effort of our team both on the snow and through the support they offered their team mates throughout the competition.”

“Even within our relatively small team, we had many qualify for finals across various events.”

Rourke-Dunkley said he hopes this year’s results are a sign of things to come from La Trobe’s Snow Uni Games teams.

“When we last competed at Mt Buller in 2014 we took two medals (one silver, one bronze), we have seen a significant improvement in our team’s performance and we hope to continue to develop the team in years to come.”

Katerina Paul is supported by La Trobe University through its Elite Athlete Program (LEAP), Paul recently won the women’s sprint event at the Australian Open Cross Country Championships in Perisher.

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