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The Norwegian Men's Alpine Ski Team and the Austrian Women's are training hard at the Red Bull International Race Training Arena at Mt Hutt as the international training season hits its stride.
Race coordinator Richard Murphy says the racers, including 2007 overall world champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway are attracting plenty of local attention.
"Moving at speeds of up to 110km/h these racers are pretty exciting to watch."
Dubbed The Capital of Speed, the race arena offers training for the Super G and Downhill disciplines as well as Giant Slalom and Slalom training, all taking place early morning as the sun rises.
"It's great to have these teams back here at Mt Hutt. It brings a real excitement to the mountain we are privileged to play a part in their continued success both at World Cup and also their planning toward Vancouver 2010."
Along with Aksel, familiar returning faces include Lars Myhre from Norway and Marlies Schild and Elizebeth Goergl from Austria.
The Austrian Men's Alpine Ski Team arrives on the 20th of August and the successful Swiss Women's team on the 26th of August.
"Many Thanks to our Sponsor RED BULL who are making the Red Bull International Race Training Arena along with all the athletes the spectacle it is."
Some people can talk about inspiration; other people lead by example.
New Zealand’s newest Silver Ferns captain Julie Seymour does both.
Mt Hutt village, Methven is part of Mid Canterbury netball and at the presentations, the diminutive centre gave the district’s up and coming stars the lowdown on what it takes to make it to the top – some talent and a lot more hard work.
There was one other factor which also appears every time champions are noted, and she nailed it – persistence. Never give up the dream.
Believe it or not Seymour could not get into a netball rep team until she hit college. From there it was grafting and determination which makes her current lofty position look easy.
At 37 years of age, Seymour has seen the “old” and the “new” competitions and is adamant a lot of the Generation Y players should give to the game before they take out.
Her presence was a coup for local organisers who celebrated another successful netball season with the annual awards.
Just one day after the grand finals, hundreds of players, supporters, coaches, umpires and administrators packed the Hotel Ashburton for a raft of trophies.
Aside from the winning teams and best players, there were some notable prizes to honour the coaches and umpires whose dedication helps to drive the game.
And that, as it appears, is exactly what Julie Seymour was talking about.