By Jessica Arellano
WHEN Tristan Rowley isn’t racing in ski events, he is practising for them, either in Australia, Japan or the United States.
Tristan, who’s 13, from Flinders in Victoria, is a junior freestyle skier who has been picked by the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia as a future athlete for the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
“I think it’s really amazing that they’ve chosen me,” says Tristan. “It’s a really big honour.
“I would love to go to the Olympics for the moguls, just to be there. I don’t have to win; just to be there would be amazing.”
Training here … and there
When he was about six, Tristan joined the Mount Hotham Race Club and won every local ski race he entered.
When he turned nine he joined the Mount Hotham Freeski Club. Since then, he has trained in winter at Mount Hotham in Victoria, and in summer he goes home to Flinders before travelling to the US and Japan for training.
He even goes to two different schools, depending on the season!
“I spend the whole season [at Mount Hotham] and I go to school at Dinner Plain, which is about 15 minutes from Hotham,” says Tristan. “I think it’s fun because I get to meet a lot of new people and make new friends.”
‘I really look up to dad’
Tristan, who is also a Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) youth talent-recognised athlete, says he has always looked up to his dad, Martin.
Mr Rowley is a professional skier who has coached athletes, and represented Australia in World Cup skiing.
“I really look up to dad because of what he’s done … It’s really cool.”
What is moguls skiing?
It’s when skiers compete on a special course and focus on turning techniques, aerial moves and speed.
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In 2015 Tristan was named the SSA interschool national ski-X champion, and in in 2016 came fourth in the junior national mogul championship.
Tristan’s last competition was the Hotham interschools training trials for moguls on July 23.
“It was a GS, giant slalom,” he says. “I came second in that in the under-14 boys, and then [on July 22] I did a moguls event for interschools training again and I won that by 13.9 points.”
His next major competition is the junior nationals for moguls at Mount Buller on August 6.