First athlete named to New Zealand Team for Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games
Biathlon athlete Campbell Wright has been named to the New Zealand Team for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The 17-year-old from Lake Hawea, NZ is the first athlete to be selected to the team, which will contest the Games from January 9th to 22nd. Wright will compete in both the 7.5km sprint distance and the 12.5km individual distance at the Games.
“I’m pretty happy to say the least, it’s going to be awesome to be part of the New Zealand Team and I can't wait to compete in Lausanne,” said Wright.
Biathlon combines the power of cross-country skiing and the precision of rifle shooting in a timed race, where missed shots in the shooting component result in distance or time penalties.
Wright, a student at Mount Aspiring College, began cross-country skiing at a young age and started competing in biathlon in 2017.
“I liked cross country skiing and so my coach Luca Boromilili basically just said why don’t you have a go at biathlon and it went from there. (...) I'm stronger at skiing so I'm working hard to improve my shooting. The trick is not to overcook yourself before you get to the range, you need to chill and get your heart rate down before you start trying to hit the targets."
Wright spends the European winters training in Italy and competing around Europe. When in New Zealand he trains at Snow Farm and says he gets a real buzz from the sport.