Aerial Transition Prog


Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Institute (OWI), Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and Mt Buller Ski Resort offers a transition program for retired gymnasts into freestyle aerial skiing. This program could be your chance to become an Olympic champion. No prior skiing experience is required.

Nearly all of the world’s top aerial skiers have an acrobatic background. Winter Olympic Gold medalist Lydia Lassila is an ex-level 10 and elite level gymnast. Australia has produced several world class athletes in addition to Lydia including two time Olympic medalist Alisa Camplin and world champions Jacqui Cooper and Kirstie Marshall.

The aerial skiing development program seeks to provide a small number of athletes with a high quality program. The athlete pathway allows movement from the VIS Development Program directly into the AIS World Cup Program. The skills an athlete possesses from prior gymnastics training and competition experience will be enhanced and specialized by participating in aerial skiing.

Only a small number of athletes are offered the opportunity to join such an exciting winter sports program. If your application is successful you will be given the chance to turn your dreams into a reality, representing Australia at World Cup/World Championship level and ultimately the Olympic Games.

This program is restricted to a small intake of athletes each year. Selection is based upon a range of factors including;

Age 14-17 years old

Gymnastics Career – acrobatic skill and competition experience

  • Coach recommendation
  • Personal commitment and motivation
  • Physical suitability
  • Personal intangibles

Important key factors required to be a successful aerial skier:

  • A strong acrobatic background
  • Good training ethics, motivation and organisation

Strength, fitness and agility

  • No injuries; be recovered from any and all prior injuries
  • The ability to take direction and learn new things i.e. skiing and snow jumping
  • The ability to perform well under pressure

You do not need to have skied before.

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