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One Man’s Australian Dream

on 2004-11-26

An immigrant and fascinated still active masters ski jumper wants to bring ski jumping to Australia and set up small ski jumping complex near Melbourne.

Australia: This is sun, beach and desert. And also ski sport is nothing new for the inhabitants of the continent Down Under, because in the mountains of Great Diving Range, which are also called Australian Alps, there is snow. The area around the Mount Kosciousko, with an altitude of 2228 m the highest mountain of Australia, is used as an alpine-ski area.

Unfortunately, the Australians didn’t noticed a lot about ski jumping, but the Slovene Tony Mihelcic, who emigrated in 1968 to Down Under wants to fix this deficiency. He is jumping since his early boyhood, but once upon a time he wasn’t satisfied by the every-year trips to the Alps, when he pursue his passion together with his European friends and then he decided to establish the “Ski Jumping Institute of Australia”, to transport ski jumping into his new home country.

But to realize this project, a lot of money and know-how is necessary. Because of that, the Australian record holder with 11,5 m couldn’t build a ski jumping hill in Australia till today. He gets technical support from the ski club of Ilirija (Slovenia), and so plans for a ski jumping hill complex with three matting hills, which could be build at a school or a sports area in Tony’s home commune 160 km southwestern of Canberra, are already existing.

However, Tony needs a lot of support to realize the building plans, from companies, which could place their logo on the landing hill, or also from European ski jumping fans, who deploy themselves for the accomplishment of Tony’s lifelong dream or who spend some money, too.

Further information on the homepage of the “Ski Jumping Institute of Australia” or from Tony Mihelcic himself:

Ski Jumping Institute of Australia
President Tony Mihelcic
38 Priestley Avenue
Hoppers Crossing 3029
Victoria, Australia
Mob.: +61 408 560 274
Fax: +61 3 9749 5728

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