IT’S been a strong showing at the 2018 Australian Barefoot Nationals in Adelaide for Echuca legend Brett Sands.
Feeling he still had some in the tank, Sands is out of retirement and has returned to the sport with an eye on the World Championships in Ontario later this year.
He said he’s been happy with his skiing so far in trying conditions.
‘‘I came second in the slalom and second in tricks, so that has me second overall,’’ Sands said of his performance.
‘‘I’m pretty happy with where I’m at. The conditions that we have been skiing in have been pretty trying so I think I’ve performed well.’’
Sands said the weather and the layout of the course has made the event more difficult.
‘‘It’s been pretty windy over here, plus the course has been a bit choppy due to it’s layout, it’s got concrete walls on either side of the course which has an impact on how we are all performing.
‘‘It’s something that you just have to do your best with and hope that your skiing speaks for itself. There’s a possibility that we don’t get through the whole event, so then they would base the title on the first round, so I knew going into it that I had to ski my best early to make that impression.’’
Sands believes his early performances will put him in a strong position when it comes to picking the Australian team for the worlds.
‘‘The scores are probably going to be down, so I don’t think I will do some of the scores I have done recently,’’ Sands said.
‘‘But I think the judges will look at how people handle the conditions as that could easily happen at the worlds, so if they do judge it on one round and I’ve finished second, you take my experience into account and I think I’m a pretty strong competitor in their eyes.’’
But the event is not over, with Sands competing in his final round yesterday afternoon.
‘‘I have my final event coming up so hopefully it falls towards me and I have a good result going forward.’’