Campbell’s European Adventure 2019

WNSC member 16-year-old Campbell Wright, a student at Mt. Aspiring College, is in Northern Italy training with the Australians in a Biathlon Camp. He is coached by Luca Boromilili who spent a winter at Snow Farm a few years ago.

Campbell has been very successful taking 3rd place in the Alpen Cup in Ridnaun.  111competitors from the major biathlon countries in Europe were in his age group – those born 2002- 2003 and over the entire youth juniors 2000- 2001  he was in 10th place only 1min: is 39 secs behind the Italian who was second at World Juniors in 2018. Competitors coming from throughout Europe.

His previous successes were 4th place in an Italian National sprint event for his age group. He has also competed so far in three IBU Cup events where he is showing considerable improvement from his first outing in early December when he arrived in Italy shortly after the end of his NZ school year.

Campbell is also a very talented X-Country skier and competed in his first ANCup race against members of the USA National X-Country team in early September 2018 as part of the NZ Winter Games X-Country competition held at the Snow Farm above the Cardrona Valley. The course was a very demanding 5Km loop which had to be skied 3x for the 15km event. The Americans were in camp at the Snow Farm which they return to each year for time on snow out of their season.

When he is in NZ Campbell trains at the Snow Farm with other Aspiring College students.

His Italian coach has him entered for a further series of European IBU Cup events culminating in the IBU Junior World Cup which Campbell will be using to try to qualify for the Youth Olympics in Lausanne Switzerland 2020. Should he be successful in qualifying and meet NZOC demanding standards he will follow in the footsteps of Olivia Thomson who was the first and so far only NZ Biathlete at the Junior Winter Olympics.

Videos of Campbell skiing and shooting in a Biathlon event.

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