Dual Winter Olympian Belle Brockhoff has secured the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award as part of the 2020 Snow Australia Awards for her awe-inspiring comeback season.
The 27-year-old returned to the World Cup season in 2019-2020 after an ACL injury sidelined her for two years.
Her comeback was remarkable, achieving five podium finishes from six World Cup starts. On top of that she made the final in every World Cup event she contested this season.
Brockhoff finished the season with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Her hard work was rewarded when she finished second overall in the World Cup season standings.
The Victorian athlete said that she felt enormous pride to be announced as the Outstanding Achievement award recipient.
“This feels amazing - it’s been a long two years out of the sport,” Brockhoff said.
“To come out of this season as world number two was just unreal and this is great just to top it off.
After achieving her goal of ‘going for gold’ this season, Belle remains ambitious as she looks ahead to what could potentially be her third Winter Olympic Games campaign.
“I’ve never been shy or hidden from the fact that my goal is to go for gold, whether it’s Olympics, World Cup or World Championships, that’s what I want to do,” Brockhoff said.
I'm back baby! 2 yrs out of the sport, 2 knee blowouts and 3 surgeries, what a way to return to World Cup! Congratulations to the girls @eva_samkova & @michela_moioli for gold and silver! It was so good to race with you again 😊💕 Congratulations to my team mate @cameronbolton for winning silver! 😊🤘🏻 A big thankyou to my coaches, wax tech, physio and @owi_aus ❤🤘🏻 Thankyou to my family, friends, sponsors and supporters who believed in me and supported me the whole way ❤🤘🏻 Thankyou @hockster111 for capturing these amazing moments ❤🤘🏻
“And I want to do everything that I can - training on snow, off snow, or whatever it may be to get into a position where I can achieve that.”
Snow Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Kennedy said Belle is a very deserving recipient of the award.
“The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to someone who has not only achieved outstanding results but has also overcome setbacks or adversity in doing so. In 2020 there was no one more deserving of the award than Belle,” Kennedy said.
“I know how hard she worked not only to return to snow, but return to the form she was in before her injury and I think this season she exceeded even her own expectations.
The last time I was here in Sierra Nevada was three years ago where I tore my ACL for the first time. Today, I won a Bronze medal. It was more than just a bronze medal, it was a big win psychologically. I couldn't be happier! 😊 Congrats to the girls @chloetrespeuch & @michela_moioli 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻 Thankyou to my coaches, wax techs and physios! You guys did such a great job! Thankyou to @adam.dickson95 for being such a great training partner and friend. You have been such a great support 😊💕 PIC 1 | @haraldbenselin PIC 2 | selfie 😁 PIC 3 | trophy PIC 4 | screenshot of crash video Vid 1 | learning to walking post op
Next week Snow Australia will present the finalists for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Athlete of the Year Awards, before unveiling the winners on Saturday 16 May.
Stay tuned to Snow Australia’s social media channels, or head to the website, for more information.