Catarina Di Ramio is a speed demon on snow.
Add a strong work ethic to the Wattle Grove teenager‘s need to speed and you know she could well be our next alpine sport star.
Catarina, who represents Thredbo Ski Racing Club in alpine, slalom and ski cross, has also raced in the national level of interschool competition for the past four years.
Top finishes earned her qualification in the most recent FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) championship series races held in Australia.
FIS is the world’s pinnacle ski racing series and Catarina performed well enough to earn enough points to be included in the long list for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
And now she has reaped a reward closer to home.
The Thomas Hassall Anglican College student has been given a scholarship to South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) through its Wests Future Stars program.
The SWSAS Wests Future Stars program will work with the rising star of snow skiing to provide valuable sport specific support and resources and help her develop her skills both as an athlete and a future leader.
Catarina said she was excited to be part of the SWSAS program.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,’’ she said.
“I cannot wait to challenge myself further and perform major PB’s [personal bests] on the slopes under the guidance of the academy.
“The HSC is currently taking a lot of my time, but I am maintaining my fitness and can’t wait to build some new programs.
“I will be working hard to be stronger and faster than ever for the 2020 season,’’ the teenager said.
The SWSAS Wests Future Stars program provides support for local athletes competing at state levels of competition and above who are striving to be the very best at their sport.
For information about the SWSAS Wests Future Stars Scholarship program contact academy sports program manager James Watson on 4627 7622 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org