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Olympic dream for Cobram veterinarian

Cobram’s Aimee Watson will represent Australia in snow skiing events at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

TONI BRIENT February 5, 2014 4:10am

Ski star: Aimee Watson racing in Seefeld, Austria last year.


 

Cobram’s Aimee Watson will represent Australia in three snow skiing events at the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Watson, 26, qualified to compete in the 10km classic, 15km pursuit and 30km freestyle events.

She said she was thrilled and ‘‘relieved’’ to qualify.

‘‘It has been a goal of mine for a long time now and a lot of effort, from me and many others behind the scene, to get me to where I am,’’ Watson said.

‘‘In order to make the qualification standard, I raced every weekend from the 17th of November until last weekend, 18th to 19th of January.’’

‘‘That was a huge task in itself.’’

Watson grew up in Cooma, NSW, and moved to Cobram in 2012 to work at Cobram Veterinary Clinic.

She trains twice a day six days a week.

Her routine in Cobram includes skiing, running, cycling, and strength work in the gym.

‘‘On the weekends I will often rollerski on the road,’’ she said.

‘‘Rollerskis are pretty much short skis (approx 50cm) with wheels on each end.’’

But while the Sun Country provides little snow to ski on, it’s much closer to the mountains than Cooma.

‘‘Over the past two years, I have spent a lot of time training in Mt Beauty and Falls Creek,’’ she said.

‘‘I stay with friends there and it is only two and a half hours from Cobram to Mt Beauty.

‘‘It’s much closer than home; the trip takes five hours with good roads.

‘‘In winter, it can take up to seven hours if there is snow on the Alpine way.’’

Watson said although the sport could be physically demanding, she enjoyed the challenge.

‘‘I like being able to ski through some of the most beautiful places in the world,’’ she said.

‘‘I also love being able to push my body whether it be in a training session or a race.

‘‘Some might say I’m a bit of an endorphin junkie.’’

 

Competing beside Watson will be brother Callum, 24, selected to race in the sprint (1.8km freestyle), team sprint, 15km classic and 30km pursuit events.

Watson’s twin brother Ewan is also a world champion skiier, but retired from competing last year.

‘‘It was very special to me to have Ewan supporting me at the some of the races during the qualification period,’’ she said.

‘‘Especially since I know that although he chose to discontinue competing, in part to relieve some of the financial load on the family, he would be just as capable as me if given the opportunity.’’

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