Skier's international experience

BALANCE: Kerang teenager, Hannah Spencer competed in the Trans-Tasman Challenge.

BALANCE: Kerang teenager, Hannah Spencer competed in the Trans-Tasman Challenge.

A KERANG teenager's ski racing prowess continues to grow in stature, with a second appearance at an international competition.

Hannah Spencer was a member of the eight-person Ski Racing Victoria team that successfully won the Trans-Tasman Challenge, held last month at Lake Maraetai, located southeast of Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island.

It was the second consecutive year the Kerang Technical High School student represented Victoria at the competition, with her position determined following performances during the 2017/18 points score season.

"Hannah originally missed selection due to boat issues during a point score race, but was called up at the last minute due to an injured skier," Hannah's mum, Tania said.

Competitors took to the water during two days of competition, using local vessels.

Skiers swapped boats and poles each day to ensure the competition was fair, with the 17-year-old finishing second in the 16-19 years girls section.

HAPPY: Hannah Spencer represented Ski Racing Victoria for a second consecutive year.

HAPPY: Hannah Spencer represented Ski Racing Victoria for a second consecutive year.

"Saturday's competition did not produce the best outcomes for Hannah, with things not going her way, but come the Sunday, Hannah was determined to show redemption and prove why she was called up to represent Victoria, skiing her heart out and winning by almost a lap," Tania said.

Hannah described the trip as an "experience of a lifetime" and has "made many life-long friends" as a result.

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