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
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 10
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 50
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 (1.8
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.’’
Mooroopna Park Primary School principal Hayden Beaton has wasted no time improved his former school's student numbers.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Echuca branch of the Ulysses Club is carrying out its annual toy run on November 29.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.