“Focus, fluid and fast”: Ruby’s chance to jump on the world stage

Ruby Hewitt has been hitting the slopes since she was three – and now her hard work is paying off as she prepares to take on the world’s best young skiers.

The 15-year-old was chosen to participate in the 2022 World Junior Freeride Championships in Europe.

This will be the first taste of the international competition for Rangi Ruru’s Girls’ School, which last month won the Women’s Under-18 Skiing category at the New Zealand National Junior Freeride Championships.

Being selected to represent New Zealand in Europe came as a shock to her, as usually those who were selected were in their final year of the junior category.

“Just getting there in this world of Covid will be amazing,” she said.

Competing in Europe, his goal was simply to get the most out of the experience.

Even though she wasn’t looking any further than that, she had no intention of hanging up her skis.

“Skiing will be a lifelong passion for me. I would love to juggle competition and a career.

She was drawn to compete in the sport because of the friendly atmosphere in the competitions, she said.

“There is a really great group of girls who are all super supportive and fun.”

Skiers she admired included New Zealanders Janina Kuzma, Jess Hotter and Craig Murray, and Italian Arianna Tricomi.

Despite injuries and near misses, she believes a day on the snow is better than a day off.

However, the love of skiing was not instantaneous for Ruby. When she was introduced to it, she “hated” the sport.

She changed her mind after feeling the excitement of those around her at the ski area near her family’s vacation home.

“Skiing is one of our family sports, but skiing with friends made it more fun and we had a big group of kids at Mount Olympus to push each other and improve,” he said. Ruby said.

Freeride skiing was his favorite style because of the creativity it allowed.

“It’s not like in ski racing where you have a marked path and a bend between the gates. You have to choose your path and what you are going to jump and decide which trick you are going to do in the air – it’s really fun.

Choosing which route to take was the most difficult part of the sport, due to the uncertainty of how it would unfold, but was also the most rewarding when everything was going well.

While she was in action, she had three key words in mind: “Focus, fluidity and speed.”


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