Australian Para-Alpine skiers Mitchell Gourley and Melissa Perrine have put their competition on notice, with five medals between them at the first World Cup of the season in Kuhtai, Austria.

Two-time Paralympian Gourley showed his strong form finishing on top of the podium in the men’s standing Giant Slalom race 2 after finishing third in race 1 in a stacked field of athletes.

Gourley, who hails from Geelong in Victoria, has spent the last couple of years working on his technique with the view of improving his skiing all-round in the lead up to his tilt at a third Winter Paralympic Games.

His work on technique had seen him lose some speed and cost him podium results, so his win and third place in the first big competition of the season will give him confidence heading into the following World Cups and World Championships.

Following their impressive form at the IPC and Europa Cups in Landgraaf a month ago, Perrine and her guide Andy Bor had an impressive and consistent performance, taking three medals from three races at the Kuhtai World Cup.

Competing in the Visually Impaired category, the pair took silver in both Giant Slalom races as well as a bronze medal in the slalom.

The Para-alpine squad now move to St Moritz for the final World Cup of the year from 19 – 22 December.

By Ski and Snowboard Australia

Posted: 19/12/2016

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