Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) has announced the three athletes who will represent Australia at the 2019 World Para-snowboard Championships, which get underway on 26 March in Pyhä, Finland.

Simon Patmore, who won Australia’s first gold medal at a Winter Paralympics in 16 years at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, will be joined in Pyhä by his Paralympic teammates, Ben Tudhope and Sean Pollard.

Pollard will be making his World Championships debut at the five-day event, while Patmore and Tudhope will line up for their second and third World Championships, respectively.

SSA’s Performance Pathway and Program Manager, Ben Wordsworth, said the athletes will look to continue their strong form and deliver great results for Australia.

“All three athletes have been performing consistently across the 2018/19 World Cup season, and their past experiences at events like the Paralympic Games and World Championships will hold the trio in good stead,” Wordsworth said.

“Australia’s Para-snowboard team have consistently delivered standout performances at World Championships, and we look forward to watching how all three perform in their snowboard cross and banked slalom races.”

In good news for Aussie fans, the event will be live-streamed here.

Click here to view the event website.

Simon PatmoreComing off Paralympic gold in the men’s snowboard cross SB-UL and bronze in the men’s banked slalom SB-UL, Patmore has great experience at major competitions. He has performed well throughout the 2018/19 World Cup season, achieving multiple podium finishes, including a gold medal in the men’s snowboard cross SB-UL at the site of this year’s World Championships.
Ben TudhopeTudhope won his first career World Cup gold medal at the season’s opener in Dubai, UAE, in the men’s banked slalom SB-LL2. He claimed top spot again in the second race, and since then, has been consistently riding and pushing the world’s best all the way.
Sean PollardPollard will come into his World Championships debut with great confidence after a standout World Cup season. He is building nicely towards Pyhä, having won a gold medal in his first race of the season in Dubai, and silver at his most recent World Cup appearance.

By Ski and Snowboard Australia
Posted: 01/03/2019

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