ria Noble and some of her cross-country skiing equipment.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
Bria Noble prefers the cold, and it is just as well.
She will experience plenty of it in the coming months.
The Otago Girls' High School pupil is off to the United
States to attend the Vermont Academy and train and compete in
Noble (17) will spend three months at high school in the
small town of Saxton Rivers in Vermont, a state in the
northeast of the country.
Her trip will include school lessons but the emphasis is on
cross-country skiing, a sport she has been working at over
the past couple of years.
Her father Simon watched the Vancouver Winter Olympics in
2010 and thought cross-country could be interesting.
He took his daughter up to Wanaka and she started to learn
the ins and outs of the sport, going to the Snow Farm nearly
every weekend in the winter.
Noble will be on the skis every day in Vermont.
"It will be good for my personal development and just be able
to ski all the time. It is a tiny sport in New Zealand. Over
there, because it is a lot colder in the winter, they have a
lot of hill country where you can train," she said.
"It is one of the hardest sports.
Just the way you have to use all of your muscles. Your arms
get really tired. Then some of those muscles that you never
really use or don't know you have get a really good
Cross-country skiing has two styles: classical and skating.
Noble does the skating style more but she really likes
Noble, who has just completed year 12 studies at Otago Girls'
High School, has been invited to the school by her Russian
coach, Alexei Sotskov, who works with her at the Snow Farm.
She has no big aims in the sport, saying she just wants to
keep getting better. Her other sporting passion is mountain
biking, so she obviously likes the hills.
But her bike will be in storage for the next three months as
she has to survive the Vermont winter.
The average temperature in winter is -4degC in Vermont so she
is going to rug up warmly.
"I'm going to miss summer.
"There is no doubt about that.
"But there is always next summer."