Mia Chawner

Mia Chawner

Meet Mia Chawner, a Cooma NSW local who loves to compete in snowboarding

Mia Chawner

Name: Mia Chawner

Age: 12

Events: BX, Slalom and Giant Slalom

Hometown: Cooma

Snowboarding Since: Skied at age 3 transitioned to snowboarding 9 years of age, 2012

Sponsors: Rhythm Snowboard Shop Cooma

Hi Mia,

Thanks for taking some time out to talk to us. It seems like you’ve been pretty busy this year, are you having fun?

Yes, I have been having lots of fun.  It's been great so far and my coach Mort keeps us really busy. We train on snow 5 days a week with 3 dry land strength and conditioning sessions as well as 2-3 Woodward pump track, trampoline and jump sessions; its hectic but fun.

Where have you been for the 2015/16 northern hemisphere winter?

We are based at Truckee in California and I am training with the Squaw Valley snowboard team. There are about 13 resorts around the Lake Tahoe area (some in California and some in Nevada) and most of them have competitions during the season, so there is always something happening and I've made heaps of new friends. A few of the competitions I was registered in have been cancelled, but hopefully I will still qualify for USASA Nationals which will be held in Colorado during April. 

What events have you competed in lately?

  • 21 Feb USASA BX – Boreal – 1st 
  • 20 Feb USASA Giant Slalom – Sierra at Tahoe – 2nd
  • 20 Feb 16 USASA Slalom – Sierra at Tahoe – 1st 
  • 5 Feb 16 USASA Giant Slalom – Heavenly 1st 
  • 5 Feb 16 USASA Slalom – Heavenly – 2nd 
  • 6 Feb 16 USASA BX – Sierra at Tahoe – 4th
  • 24 Jan 16 USASA BX – Sierra at Tahoe – 4th

It seems like you are doing really well what motivates you to train as hard as you do?

I love snowboarding it’s a real passion. I know I am really lucky that Dad could me to America to train, so I try to make the most of every opportunity. Training is good because it helps me develop my technique and build my confidence. 

What do you get up to when you’re not snowboarding

We don't snowboard on Mondays and Tuesdays which means I have time to catch up on school work, rest and just hang out. If we have time, we drive over to Reno to do some shopping or to watch a movie.

What do you miss most about being away from home?

To be honest I miss everything, but most of all I miss Mum, my brothers and sisters and my dog Tana. I love being of here in the US, but it will be good to get home and catch up with my family and friends. 

Anything else you’d like to mention?

I also want to mention that I am junior ambassador with Young Diggers, a charity that helps veterans and their families living with PTSD. I really enjoy being part of this charity as it gives me the chance to help others.  

Mia’s USASA National ranking as at 24th Feb: 

  • BX 24th 
  • GS 36th
  • SL 36th