Today’s 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games Adaptive Super G at Mt Hutt thrilled spectators with the high level of competition. Both winners of the men’s events were more than two seconds faster than their nearest competition.
Australian adaptive athlete Cameron Rahles–Rahbula took out the Men’s Super G Standing Race at Mt Hutt with an exceptional time of 1.04.09. In the Men’s Super G Sitting Race, the USA’s Heath Calhoun blew his competition away in 1.04.30. Unfortunately New Zealand paralympian Adam Hall failed to finish but fellow Kiwi Quinton Smith came sixth in the Men’s Super G Sitting Race with a time of 1.19.48. Out of 15 competitors who entered the race, three failed to finish and one didn’t start.
In the Women’s Super G Visually Impaired Race, Australia’s Melissa Perrine narrowly beat Great Britain’s Kelly Gallagher to win with 1.15.15. Gallagher’s time was 1.15.51. Korea’s Jae Rim Yang came third with 1.29.65.
Perrine says "the Super G was a good course which had been cleaned up pretty well. I’m relatively happy with how I went".
Gallagher says being able to compete on the same race against able-bodied athletes had been a huge attraction for her. "We are really excited to be here at Mt Hutt. It’s a nice way to end the Winter Games competition".
Calhoun says the race was well set out and he was very happy with snow conditions. "It made a nice run, it wasn’t horribly difficult".