athletes at the National Alpine Championships being held at Coronet Peak were delighted to be out on the slopes despite the challenge of Covid-19.

Willis Feasey, Adam Hall and Corey Peters were crowned national giant slalom champions on Saturday in their respective categories, following their super G wins from Wednesday.

Feasey won the giant slalom on Saturday, 1.07sec ahead of his closest competitor.
“I hadn’t had the best training build-up but did enough on the day to get it, so really happy,’’ he said.

Jack Adams finished in second place and Harrison Messenger in third, rounding out the men’s podium.

Slalom champs … Men’s Giant Slalom podium winners (from left) Jack Adams, Willis Feasey, Harrison Messenger.PHOTO: ROSS MACKAY

Hall was crowned the standing national Para giant slalom winner, with Josh Crean second.

Peters won the sitting national Para giant slalom race.

Due to weather conditions the course preparation was late, ‘‘a late start and obviously a late finish,’’ he said.

‘‘Snow conditions were pretty variable but the coaches and all the course workers did a good job to get the race off.

‘‘I am pretty happy to come away with another win”.

High performance development athlete Aaron Ewen finished in second place.

Piera Hudson was the women’s national giant slalom champion, winning by 2.29sec.

“I think we’re all just really happy to get a race off today.

‘‘I don’t think any of us were expecting much when we were in lockdown of getting any kind of season so it’s great that we could have our nationals today,’’ she said.

Hudson was joined on the women’s podium by Eliza Grigg in second and Michol Hinton in third.

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