Golden boy: Matthew Thomas crowned world champion

SNOWBOARDER Matt Thomas can now lay claim to being a world champion after a golden performance at the FIS Junior World Championships last week.

The former Snowy Mountains Grammar School student competed in Valmalenco, Italy at the championships for competitors 19 and under which are open to all Nations whose athletes meet the qualification criteria.

This year there were representatives from 22 nations competing in the men's events, with 56 individual entrants and 20 team entries.

Matt had a great week, qualifying 16th, then finishing eighth out of 56 riders in the individual event, with fellow Aussie and 2014 Olympian Jarryd Hughes finishing three places ahead of Matt in 5th place.

Matt and Jarryd were the only two non-Europeans in the top 12 positions - which was described as a simply awesome result.

The duo teamed-up the following day for the Team Event, the first-time this event has been run at the JWC's, and despite being ranked third behind Russia and France, they won their quarter-final, their semi-final and then the final winning gold for Australia.

It meant they were crowned 2014 Junior World Champions, an amazing achievement for two Aussie boys.

Matt has now returned to Canada for the last event of the NorAM series (North American Open Series), where he sits in 16th in the series in his first season, and he will be looking for a top eight result to cap his season off.

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