Victoria Take Out Trans-Tasman Challenge

Sunraysia Academy of Sport athlete Sean Stevens was a member of the Victorian ski racing team that took out the Trans-Tasman Challenge.

The Trans-Tasman Challenge is a great team orientated competition which is held annually. Teams are chosen from under 19 under 16 and under 13 with an extra division chosen by the kiwis each year. Four boys and four girls compete over two days of racing using local single rig outboards from MOC, F2 and SMOC. An invitational skier also competes for themselves and as a skiing reserve for both countries. Skiers swap boats and poles each day to make the competition fair.

Talented local water skier, Sean Stevens spent five days over in New Zealand racing at Lake Taupo on the ANZAC weekend in the Trans-Tasman Challenge. On Saturday 26th April 7 out of 8 skiers won their age class from Victoria and on Sunday 27th 5 out of 8 won their age class. Sean won his age class on both days, with all skiers from Victoria winning their age divisions. With such a dominant performance Victoria claimed the Trans-Tasman Cup.

The Trans-Tasman Challenge is in its 25th year, the ledger now sits at Victoria 14, New Zealand 11.

The Academy would like to congratulate Sean on a wonderful performance. Ski Racing is described as an extreme sport that combines speed, endurance and determination. Sean certainly has demonstrated all these attributes and we look forward to supporting Sean over the next year to reaching his full potential in ski racing.

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