SHANIA Browne has seen enough of Port Macquarie to know she wouldn’t mind making the permanent move north from her home in Tasmania.
For the last four years, the 20-year-old from Launceston has holidayed in the area which allowed her to finetune her ability on the water at Stoney Park.
Now with her sights set on achieving a place at the University World Games next year, Browne wants to give herself the best opportunity at achieving a podium finish.
And that just happens to be training at a location that has the reputation as the best man-made ski lake in the country.
It comes after Browne achieved a first-place result in jump and a second-place in trick, slalom and overall in the under-21 women’s division at the national titles in Goondiwindi last year.
Now it’s about consistency.
“I love skiing here and coming from Tassie we’re a bit limited with our options with skiing,” she said.
“We don’t have as long of a season because of the weather and up here you can ski every day no matter what.”
Browne said there is always an opportunity to do something – whether that is trick, slalom or jump depending on the conditions.
Before the Uni World Games, Browne will also compete at the Australia Oceania titles at the start of March in Victoria.
It will be the first time the 20-year-old has competed in the AO Titles, but it isn’t her first time on the representative scene.
“I’ve represented Australia in the Aussie-Kiwi (challenge) and have been reserve a few times (for Australia), but didn’t expect to be picked at all,” she said.
“I went to New Zealand and represented Australia last year and was picked as a reserve for the Australian under-21 squad in the Ukraine, but I didn’t get to go.”
While spending time at Telegraph Point, the talented skier has taken up a role coaching and instructing.
“My brother has worked on the ski park for four years so I just messaged Jason (Stone) and asked if I could have the opportunity to come up here,” she said.
“I went over to America and did a bit of coaching and driving over there for three months in the winter and this is my fourth year coming up here to ski, but my first year working on the ski park.”
She admitted she learned just as much driving the boat and instructing as she did out on the water training.
“I find even driving the boat and listening to the other coaches you gain a lot of knowledge for your own skiing as well,” she said.
“You learn how to coach yourself and say things a certain way which helps.”
Browne is about to start a three-year degree at university and then hopes to make the move to the Hastings.
“I’m about to start a three-year exercise in sports science degree and then I hope to move on campus (in Port Macquarie) next semester and then move to Port Macquarie.”
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