Wikinews interviews Australian sit skier Victoria Pendergast

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wikinews reporter LauraHale interviews Australian Paralympic skier Victoria Pendergast

Yesterday, Wikinews spent time with with Australian Paralympic skier Victoria Pendergast who was in Copper Mountain, Colorado for this week's IPC Nor-Am Cup.

((Wikinews)) I'm interviewing Victoria Pendergast who is an Australian female sit skier on the development team.

Victoria Pendergast: Yer, that's right.

((Wikinews)) How have you been doing here [Copper Mountain] so far?

Victoria Pendergast: Yer, its been alright. Like some races not so good, other races I was pretty happy with the results. We've got Winter Park to look forward to, so bit of a warm-up, but, trying to get results.

((Wikinews)) Before this [skiing] the other sport you've done is athletics? You competed at that for the games or was that somebody else?

Victoria Pendergast: No, that was me. I did it for the school, did shot put and did swimming for a bit.

((Wikinews)) Why would someone switch from athletics to be a crazy mono skier?

Victoria Pendergast: It was a bit of a crazy sort of events kinda went here with my family and then one thing lead to another and like wanted to give sit skiing a go.

((Wikinews)) Australia doesn't have many female sit skiers, are you shooting for Sochi?

Victoria Pendergast: It would be nice to get it. It'd be a bit hard to get points to get into it but, you know, if I can get the points to get into Sochi, I've got some [...].

((Wikinews)) Cool. Thank you very much.

Victoria Pendergast at Solitude Station on Copper Mountain
Image: Bidgee.
Victoria Pendergast competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.
The competition board following the first run of the slalom earlier the day of the interview on Copper Mountain on the final day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup. Victoria is number 26.
Image: LauraHale.


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