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Otago University has successfully defended its hold on the Uni Snow Games Michael Forrestal Memorial Shield, winning it for the eighth consecutive year.

Winners of the Uni Snow Games Cross Country at Snow Farm, Cameron Day of Queenstown Resort College, and Emily Deacon, representing Otago University Winners of the Uni Snow Games Cross Country at Snow Farm, Cameron Day of Queenstown Resort College, and Emily Deacon, representing Otago University

This year's Uni Snow Games saw more than 90 competitors take part in events including Big Air, Half Pipe, Gravity Cross, Giant Slalom and Cross Country, at Treble Cone, Cardrona and Snow Farm.

Competitors representing Otago University won almost half of the 26 titles on offer throughout the week to dominate the overall campus points standings, ahead of the University of Canterbury which finished second and Auckland University, which claimed third place.

Despite only having three competitors Queenstown Resort College placed fourth.

Massey University Palmerston North won the small campus shield.

The competition wound up yesterday (September 3) with the Cross Country at Snow Farm. Queenstown Resort College's Cameron Day, fresh from skiing for New Zealand in the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games, predictably won the male title, while Otago University's Emily Deacon - a member of the New Zealand Nordic Sports Development team - comfortably won the gold in the female category.

University Sport New Zealand National Events Manager Peter McDonald said the Uni Snow Games had been a brilliant week of events.

"We've had amazing weather, good snow, great competition and, in general, a really good time," he said.

"There have been some outstanding competitors. Otago certainly deserve to retain their title as Uni Snow Games champions, but all of the competitors put in a great effort and that has contributed to the really positive atmosphere that has surrounded the week of events."

  • Otago University's Deanne Kelly in action during the Uni Snow Games Cross Country at Snow Farm Otago University's Deanne Kelly in action during the Uni Snow Games Cross Country at Snow Farm

Team manager for the Otago team, Tom Culley, put Otago's success down to some "experienced campaigners" within the team, including Marc Andri Riedi who won five snowboard events, and Estelle Baker who, with her eighth Uni Snow Games now complete, is very much a Games stalwart.

Culley said the general Otago team spirit was strong, and that was evident in the final competition day, with Cross Country at Snow Farm attracting a large contingent of Otago University students.

"We are happy to win, but we could probably have dominated more - so we'll definitely be looking to improve for next year," he said.

While Otago dominated the overall campus points standings, competitors from the University of Canterbury also made their mark on the Uni Snow Games.

Hannah Orchard, representing the University of Canterbury, was the top overall female snowboarder, while Riedi picked up the overall male snowboarder award.
In the skiing category Otago's Charlotte Newbold won the overall title, and University of Canterbury's Dominic Campbell was the best of the male skiers.

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