Hamish Garrick has the Winter Olympics in his sights and is
working hard to get there.
Tomorrow he will leave for Obersaxen in Switzerland, where he
will participate in a training camp run by former Queenstown
ski coach Grant Stockman until early March, with the focus on
the Winter Games next year but also the 2018 Winter Olympics.
''I'm going to try for the 2018 [Olympics] - I'll be 21 then
- but if not, [the Olympics] four years after,'' Hamish said.
The 16-year-old Wakatipu High School student has been skiing
since he was 3 and for the past three years ski training and
schooling during the winter months have combined to create an
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays he, along with other
promising young athletes, would train from 8am to 12pm ''then
come down and go to regular school until 3.25pm''.
''After that we would have a teacher that stays with us in a
room until 6pm."
He admitted the schedule was ''extremely tiring'' but he had
been consistently improving, which puts him closer and closer
towards his ultimate goal.
''I've always had a goal to go to the Olympics."
He competes in the alpine races of giant slalom, slalom and
super giant slalom and when in Queenstown is a competitor in
competitions such as the Australia New Zealand Cup, held at
Coronet Peak this year.
Last year was the first time Stockman had run the camp, for
around 15 young athletes from throughout New Zealand, and
this will be Hamish's second year at the camp and his fourth
trip to Switzerland for skiing.
Fellow Wakatipu High School student Emma Gamson will also be
heading for Switzerland. This will be her first time at the
Hamish's father, Alan Garrick, said skiing for Hamish was
''everything at the moment'' and despite the sport being
''incredibly expensive'' said it was great to see the hard
work put in by his son and others paying off.
Mr Garrick said while he visited Hamish for a couple of weeks
during his last stint in Switzerland, this year he was not
planning a trip.