Taree skier stars in Trans-Tasman challenge

Clive Bloomfield from Iguana with this week s sportstar, Kye Cornall.BAREFOOT skier Kye Cornall made a successful transition from juniors to seniors at the Australia/New Zealand Challenge held at Liverpool.
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Making his first appearance as a senior, the 17-year-old Cornall won his three events – tricks, slalom and jumps. He was also part of the winning Australian side in the annual event, avenging a heavy defeat in competition held in Perth last year.

Cornall is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.

He said he was ‘sort of’ confident of success in the three events, but admits to being more nervous than usual before the start of competition.

Cornall will now concentrate on the Australian titles to be contested in the man-made lakes at Mulwala in Victoria – the venue for last year’s world championships in March and then the New Zealand titles in April.

He was rated four in the world as a junior but admits he has some work to do yet now he’s in open ranks.

“I think I around 27,” he said.

However, Cornall is confident he can gain a top five placing in his events at both national championships.

He’ll compete around 10 times this year. His sport takes him around the country, with events in venues including Darwin, Perth, Victoria and NSW.

He’s training every second day at the moment but will step that up to daily sessions as the nationals approach. He currently coached by Ken Derry while he also has weekend sessions with Greg Adams.

Cornall virtually trains 12 months a year battling on through the cold of winter.

His longer term ambition is to gain a place in the Australian team for the world titles to be held in the US next year.

He hopes to qualify by gaining enough points in competition, although an easier path would be to gain selection in the Australian side to be named after the 2016 nationals.

He represented Australia as a junior last year in Mulawa.

It’s been a prosperous few weeks for Cornall as he recently gained a new sponsor, barefootcentral南京夜网.au

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