Aaliyah, who was 10 then – the youngest competitor at
the Moomba Masters – also made the semi-finals of the Open category in
the tricks event, which featured several top-level elite skiers.
She went on to win the Asian Championships Under-17
title and take home a silver at the Asian Beach Games in the Open
category last year.
She has also broken the 6,000-point barrier to set a
new personal best of 6,130 points – just 230-point short of the
20-year Asian record of 6,360 set by China’s E Min in 1995.
Having received an invitation to compete at the Moomba
meet for the second year running, 11-year-old Aaliyah is eyeing
another podium finish in the girls’ category.
The Open category is certainly a daunting challenge for
Aaliyah as several elite skiers – like Lang, Canada’s Whitney
McClintock, Belarus’ Natalia Berdnikova, France’s Clementine Lucine
and Australia’s Jacinta Carroll – are also in the fray.