Otford’s Eve Dowley is one of Australia’s most promising Olympic hopefuls.
The seventeen year old is currently in Japan, where she’s working hard on and off the snow to become one of the world’s leading Slopestyle snowboarders.
In her first year of competition, Eve picked up a bronze medal in slopestyle at the Australian Juniors championships.
She’s claimed gold in the USA Rocky Mountains Series, Gold in the Australian Junior Series, Gold in the New Zealand Junior Series, and is hopeful of wearing the green and gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
It’s fantastic two of the incredible young recipients have come from the Northern Illawarra.
Travel, Play, Live says this category was open to young women adventurers under 18 years of age who are pioneering the way for their generation to embrace the heartbeat of adventure, saying “within this category, the funding may also be used to participate in skills training or competing at a national or international level in outdoor pursuits.”
Eve will use the funding to compete in Europe to gain the points, experience and profile necessary for Olympic selection.
“I hope to inspire other young athletes to chase their dreams no matter the barriers (financial, age, gender) that may stand in their way.” she told the magazine. “I also hope to inspire other young people, girls especially, to go out and chase their dreams and travel on their own because from my experience although at times it may be scary, it is the most rewarding experience and I have learnt so much about myself and the world from traveling alone.”
Eve’s mum Jenny says Eve works hard on and off the snow. “She started out as a gymnast and a dancer, but as soon as she tried snowboarding, she was hooked.”
“While she’s training, Eve is also completing her HSC through Wollongong Performing Arts High School,” says Jenny. “And she takes time out whenever she’s home to speak to school groups about the importance of chasing your dreams.
“Eve is a determined and independant young woman who is really determined- both to achieve her goals, and in her daily training routines. She is so determined,” she says. “If she gets hurt, she’ll get straight back up and try again until she gets it right. I’m super-proud of her!”