Thirty-two athletes supported by the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) have been chosen to represent Australia at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres has announced that the athletes selected make up 64% of the Australian team.
“I am delighted to see so many NSW athletes selected to represent Australia in these Winter Olympic Games. “This is clear recognition of the quality high performance pathway offered to winter sports athletes in NSW. “It is an incredible time for these elite athletes, particularly the thirteen NSWIS competitors who will make their Olympic debut and I encourage everyone to get behind them as they take on the world’s best.
“On behalf of all the people in NSW I wish the best of luck to all of the athletes competing in South Korea next month. “It’s not long now until the Games get underway on Friday, 9th February and the team is brimming with confidence following exceptional performances in the World Cup season leading into the Olympics.
“The NSWIS athletes at the games will be headlined by world champion moguls skier Britt Cox who will be looking to turn her stellar World Cup form into Olympic gold. In the men’s event world number three Matt Graham leads the NSWIS medal charge,” Mr Ayres said.
NSWIS also boasts some of the world’s best snowboard cross talent – with Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, Adam Lambert and Jarryd Hughes in the men’s event and Belle Brockhoff in the women’s. In the women’s ski cross event Sami Kennedy-Sim will be competing at her second Olympic Games.
17-year-old Tess Coady has enjoyed a stunning rise in the women’s snowboard slopestyle competitions and will be looking to make the most of her first Olympic experience. The 2018 Winter Olympics begins on Friday, 9th February and runs through to Sunday, 25th February.