WORLD’S away from her house on the water at St Georges Basin, Teagan Hunt feels right at home on the skiing fields of the Snowy Mountains.
At just 10-years of age, the Nowra Anglican College student has had a string of recent successes in skiing and snowboarding.
Teagan won gold in the under 13s giant slalom at the junior inter-club event at Perisher last month, where she also came second in cross country and third in snowboarding.
This was backed up with another gold in the giant slalom at the Smiggins Bowl on September 15.
Giant slalom involves skiing between sets of poles at a great speed and she said she always feels a bit nervous.
“At the start I do, but it feels really good once the adrenaline kicks in,” she said.
“Sometimes I think I have a bit too much (adrenaline) but you do need to be able to go fast,” she added.
Teagan’s parents Brad and Dimity have been into skiing for a number of years and took her for the first time when she was three.
She started going to ski school and competing when she was four and tries to get to the ski fields as often as she can each year.
Teagan described herself as a pretty competitive person, which she said definitely contributed to her success in the sport.
Even within the family, there seems to be a friendly rivalry and she had a disagreement with her father about who would win a race.
Brad said he thinks he can still beat her, but admitted she was very hard to catch.
While their family enjoys travelling to the snow, they would not trade where they are living.
“I’d rather be near the snow during winter, but in the summer we get the boat out and go waterskiing,” Teagan said.
“Snow skiing is my favourite sport, but I’ve won lots of medals in waterskiing in the last couple of years too,” she added.
Earlier this year, Teagan had the opportunity to go to Japan and practice skiing in different conditions, which she said was a great experience.
The snow is a lot thicker in Japan and it always peaks during the ski season, so there is no synthetic stuff like you find in Australia.
Living overseas to have better access to training facilities is definitely something Teagan would like to do in the future and she said her ultimate goal is to compete at the Olympics.
While Australia is not exactly a powerhouse at the Winter Olympics, Teagan said she looks to people like Torah Bright to know it’s possible.
“Even though I don’t see myself as a snowboarder, she’s a big inspiration,” she said.
“And if I don’t make it to that level, I want to keep skiing for as long as I can.
“I love all adrenaline sports, but skiing is definitely my favourite.”