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TWELVE months is not a long time
in the world of snowsports, especially
if you have limited time on snow.
So a 5th overall placing in your first
international competition is a pretty
For Cpl Bianca Kaden, HQJOC,
the Royal Navy Snowsports
Championship in Tignes, France
and British Interservices Snowsports
Championships in Meribel, France pro-
vided the steep learning curve she need-
ed to progress in the sport.
"Unlike our European counterparts,
we don't get a lot of time on the snow,"
Cpl Kaden said.
"A lot of the British girls are semi-
professionals and get four months off a
year just to train," she said.
A relative newcomer to the sport,
Cpl Kaden said she took up snowboard-
ing about seven years ago after thinking
it looked like fun.
"I've never even skied -- and don't
plan to," she said.
"I didn't realise I actually had any
talent for snowboarding. It was just
something I decided to try with friends
and I loved it so I kept going back."
She competed for the first time at the
2009 Army championships at Mt Buller
and said while she went well, it was
difficult to gauge how she was placed
overall as there weren't many females
competing and she couldn't get the time
off to participate in the interservice
competition in the second week.
But, after training and competing for
five weeks in Europe earlier this year,
Cpl Kaden has no trouble gauging her
"I am just thrilled with my results,"
Cpl Kaden won the boarder cross at
the Royal Navy titles, and finished third
in both the parallel giant slalom and the
She followed this up at the British
interservice titles with a second place in
The team of 21 from the three serv-
ices assembled in St Michael im Langau
in Austria on January 2 for a two-week
This was followed by one week at
the Navy championship then two weeks
at the British championships.
"Our coach arranged for a snow-
board coach who regularly does seasons
here at Thredbo to come with us and it
really paid off.
"I got a few tips at Mt Buller but
have not had any real coaching."
Cpl Kaden said the good thing about
snowsports within the ADF is that any-
one can have a go.
"The ski association caters for all
standards and you learn a lot," she said.
"It would be great to see more girls
take up the sport and see them progress
and have as much fun as I have."
At the interservices championship
Army skiers had some outstanding per-
formances in a tough field.
Out of 42 competitors Maj Dean
Munsie, HQ Forcomd, was ranked 15th
overall, Capt Andrey Kandic, 8HSB,
17th overall and Capt Willie Nelson,
HQ 2 Div, 18th overall.
The Army Alpine Snowsports
Championships is anticipated to take
place during the first week of August.
Further information can be found on the
Army Alpine Snowsports Association
website on the DRN.
Army representatives: Skiers -- men: manager
Col Phillip Langworthy, Army HQ; assistant
manager (tech) Capt Willie Nelson, HQ 2 Div;
Maj Dean Munsie, HQ Forcomd; Capt Andrey
Kandic, 8HSB; Gnr Edward Taunton-Burnet, 20
STA Regt. Snowboarders -- men: Capt Ryan
Bullock, AAvnTC; Cpl Tim Bielski, PTS HMAS
Albatross; Cpl Dion Trevillion 1HSB.
Women: Cpl Bianca Kaden, HQJOC.
Peak form: Cpl Bianca Kaden
lands a straight air in the slope style
competition in Meribel, France
Photo by Cpl Dion Trevillion
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