Young skier heading to American school

Deans Marsh-based skier Yolanda Fulton-Richmond hopes to improve her racing abilities at an elite American training camp in December.

A PRESTIGIOUS American ski school has invited Colac district skiing prodigy Yolanda Fulton-Richmond for intensive training after a successful ski season.

The talented Deans Marsh resident, who spends half her year studying at Mansfield Primary School near Victoria’s Mount Buller, said she was looking forward to the experience.

The seven-week intensive training camp, at Colorado’s Winter Park, helps prepare young skiers for elite competitive racing.

Yolanda will train with the J4 team, 11 to 12 year olds, and will aim to compete in age class events, J4 Super G events, junior Olympic qualifiers and regional championship events.

The 12-year-old alpine specialist, who will train alongside top-level American juniors, said the December ski camp would be the second time she had travelled to Colorado.

“This one is seven weeks and I’m hoping to do a race over there this time,” Yolanda said.

“Last time it was about training and getting my technique right, this time I’m hoping to finish my technique and do a race.”

Yolanda, daughter of Paul and Bronwyn Fulton-Richmond, competed in national and Victorian Interschool events during the ski season, which netted her six medals.

The multi-disciplined skier won team gold in moguls, and team silver and bronze in alpine and ski cross.

Yolanda’s highpoint came with a third-place finish in the alpine section of Mount Buller’s King of the Mountain.

She said her strong results had come with the help of her Mount Bulla ski coaches.

“I was really happy, I didn’t think I’d do that well,” Yolanda said.

“We set our own goals and our coaches help us achieve them – I’m hoping to beat my friend who has always beat me,” she said.

Yolanda heads to Colorado December 7.

 

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