National hat trick for Griffin

2011 Super G, giant slalom and slalom national champion Ben Griffin, of Ohakune, competes during...
2011 Super G, giant slalom and slalom national champion Ben Griffin, of Ohakune, competes during this year's championships. Photo by Jolyon Ralston.
Ben Griffin scored a triple win at this year's Alpine National Ski Championships, defending his super G and giant slalom titles and adding the slalom title.

Griffin, of Ohakune, who was the top-placing Kiwi (fourth overall) at the August 28 Alpine National Super G race at Mt Hutt, was also the best of the New Zealanders in last Friday's giant slalom, placing 14th overall, and 17th in Saturday's slalom, both of which were held at Coronet Peak.

Queenstown's Taylor Rapley was named the women's 2011 overall Alpine National champion after strong placings in all three events.

Whakapapa's Sarah Jarvis successfully reclaimed the slalom title, Cardrona's Piera Hudson kept the giant slalom title and fellow Cardrona skier Lucie Tait-Jamieson was this year's Super G champion.

After taking off the 2010 southern hemisphere season, paralympic gold medalist Adam Hall recaptured the adaptive national slalom and Super G titles, with Quentin Smith becoming the 2011 adaptive giant slalom champion.

Willis Feasey, of Twizel, was named the 2011 Super G and slalom junior national champion, with Queenstown's Adam Barwood taking the juniors honours in the giant slalom.

Sophie Corser (15), of Auckland, became the women's junior national Super G champion, with Mt Hutt's Eliza Grigg (14) winning the junior giant slalom and slalom titles.


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