Time in the mountains, in the air, and the creativity and freedom of expression snowboarding brings is what has led Tess to a life of back to back winters.
“Snowboarding is an art in its own way. You want to put your own spin on everything – that’s the inspiration for me."
Growing up in St. Kilda, Victoria, Tess would spend weekends and school holidays in the mountains. First learning to snowboard with her siblings, which offered some friendly competition, Tess took competition to the next level through Interschool Snowsports competitions.
She dabbled in everything from park to racing, but eventually gravitated towards slopestyle. From the age of 14 Tess started competing overseas and doing back to back seasons.
In 2017, she had her breakout year, being named ‘Rising Star’ at the 2017 Australian Ski and Snowboard Awards after her debut World Cup season.
Her success brought her to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games where she was Australia’s youngest competitor. In a training run for Slopestyle, with challenging weather conditions, Tess ruptured her ACL, putting an end to her 2018 Olympic appearance. One hour later, the competition was called off due to unsafe conditions.
A twelve-month ACL recovery, and navigating recent seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tess has faced some challenges. But she has completed the 2020-2021 season ranked 3rd in the world, and with an aim to be selected to her second Australian Olympic Team for Beijing 2022.
Her time in recovery and transitioning back into the competition scene offered insight and time to mature as an athlete.
At 20 years old, Tess looks to her future in snowboarding with an open mind, excited for what’s to come. She hopes to play a part in growing the female snowboarding scene in Australia, encouraging more female riders, and breaking down barriers when it comes to riding park. But she’s got her eye on the backcountry too, and exploring deeper into the mountains.
In her own words, “I just want to be on my board, and see where it takes me.”
- 3rd - 2021World Cup - Laax, SUI
- 3rd - 2021 Word Championships - Aspen, USA
- 3rd - 2021 World Cup - Silvaplana, SUI
- 1st - 2020 World Cup - Seiser Alm, Italy
- 3rd - 2018 World Cup - Snowmass, USA
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