By Geena Krueger
Former women’s pro tour dominator Emma Sheers returned to competition this year, and she’s wasted no time making herself known. Her comeback started at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, where she finished runner-up to the current women’s world slalom champion, Whitney McClintock, with a score of 5 1/2 at 38 off. She then went on to take the Australian open women’s national title, with a score of 4 1/4 at 38 off.
Sheers’ last season on tour was in 2008, during which she won both the Moomba Masters and the World Cup title in Dubna, Russia. Now she’s back at it again and says she’s ready to take care of some unfinished business.
One of the main reasons for her return is her new ski site in Coolum, Queensland, Australia. It took her and her husband, Rick, six years to develop OZ Ski Resort, and they were finally able to sign the lease last year, which granted them rights to the water. “In the past, we haven’t always had access to world-class facilities that were purpose-built,” Sheers says. “Our new ski site has enabled me to get some really consistent training for the past few months, and prepared me for Moomba.”
The Sheers’ lake is located just five minutes from Coolum Beach, 10 minutes from the local airport, and an hour from the international airport. “It will be a great holiday destination for the whole family to come ski and enjoy the nearby ocean,” Sheers says. “I look forward to passing my knowledge on to other skiers and to the next generation, and to continue to build the skiing community up here in Queensland.”