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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 24. October 1, 1968

Ski team's success

Ski team's success

By The Sports Editor

Victoria men's skiing team was placed second in the biggest Australasian ski race, the Christie Derby. The Ruapehu Club filled the first place.

The Derby, held annually at Ruapehu, is a giant slalom of over 40 gates down the "rock gardens".

The race, organised by the Christiana Ski Club, has been run for 13 years.

This was the first time Vic's ski team had been placed.

Conditions were appalling on the day of the race with visibility almost nil.

VUW men's learn consisted of John Huppert, John Armstrong and Peter Zander.

Individually: Tom Huppert was placed second (1 min. 7.5 sec.); John Armstrong 13th (1 min. 23.1 sec); and Peter Zander 37th (1 min. 42-0 sec.).

Tom Huppert, an exstudent, was captain of the last New Zealand team which went to the Winter Olympics.

The Vic B team was placed 10th.

The team consisted of clive Thorpe who finished 35th (1 min. 39.8 sec.), Tim Haiseldene 39th (1 min. 43.6 sec.), and David White 79th (3 min. 1.6 sec.).

All told there were 102 starters representing 40 teams.

The women's team came eighth in a field of fifteen.

The team consisted of Gay Blyth 31st (2 min. 31.6 sec), Mary McLachlan 24th (2 min. 12.3 sec.), and Cathie Eggers 25th (2 min. 14.8 sec.).