• Steph Hickey Interview Counting Down to 2010 Olympics

Interview via www.mountainwatch.com/twentyten

Disciplines: Snowboard - boardercross

My name's Steph Hickey, I Spend my life chasing the snow; training, travelling and competing on the Boardercross world circuit representing Australia. I have not had a summer in seven years now but I'm addicted to the winters and the mountains. I'm a self funded athlete and with the help of my family and sponsors I am currently aiming and training to represent Australia at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Snowboarding has become my life, it gives me a sense of freedom and an outlet for my excessive energy and white line fever. I love to compete but also love big mountains and backcountry. I'm bit of a gypsy and love living out of my suitcase. I'm sometimes cheeky and outspoken and love a good laugh.

When I'm not on snow I work as a TV presenter and snow reporter. I have been an ambassador for Billabong for four years now, I'm really honored to be a part of the ambassador team amongst some really inspiring young females with huge goals in life, as well as an ambassador for Mt Buller. I grew up skiing and snowboarding at Mt Buller and still call it my home mountain to date.

StephImage: Courtesy Steph Hickey

Personal Stats:
Nickname: Stickey, steff, Hickey
Date of Birth: 3.7.85
Place of Birth: Melbourne
Birth Country: Australia?
Residence Place: Melbourne, Australia/ St Johann, Austria.
Height: 165cm
Weight: 58kg
Education: VCE, St Leonard's College, Brighton (2003), Certificate in Musical theatre, VCA Melbourne (2004)
Club/resort: Mt Buller, Victoria.
Institute/Academy: self funded.

Career Highlights:

  • First Australian female to qualify top 16 in a World Cup Boardercross (2008)
  • Australian National Champion 2008/ 2009
  • Junior world team member for 5 years.
  • Olympic shadow team member 2006/ 2010.

Personal Sponsors:

  • Mum & Dad
  • Billabong
  • Salomon
  • Oakley
  • Mt Buller, Australia
  • Genisis Fitness Prahan, VIC.