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Year Awarded: 2010
Sport: Snowboarding
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Nathan Johnstone - Snowboarding

Nathan Johnstone ended the 2008/09 season ranked number two on the World Cup standings, a remarkable effort for a young halfpipe rider who has contested just nine events on the circuit.

The Perisher Blue 19-year-old collected two silver medals and another top ten result from the six events he contested, and also finished ninth in the World Snowboard Championships.The first of the two medals came in the Torino 2006 pipe in Bardonecchia, while the second was also a big occasion, at the World Cup final in Valmalenco. His World Cup runner up achievement was made more impressive by the fact that he missed two of the season's eight events.

Nathan has spent the last year following the world cup tour training and competing in the hope of making the team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada. Nathan who is a member of the OWI Scholarship program was named the 2009 Junior Athlete of the Year at the Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards.

Mentor:  Steven Bradbury OAM

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