Athletes - Protect Our Winters - Australia

Valentino Guseli | Snowboarding

Valentino ‘Val’ Guseli is regarded as one of the best young talents in Australia and is now considered a rising star on the global scene. Breaking the world record for the highest snowboard halfpipe air, and now competing at the upper echelons of the sport Val placed 6th in the Half-Pipe at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Val will be looking to make history at the 2026 Olympics by being the first male athlete to go for gold in 3 separate disciplines: Half-Pipe, Slopestyle & Big Air.

Living on the NSW South Coast Val is conscious of the risks climate change poses to the things he loves most – “I’ve been snowboarding since I was three and it has been something my life has revolved around for a very long time. It has taught me countless valuable life lessons and brought me and those closest to me so much joy. The thought of others and future generations potentially not having the opportunity to do something that me and a lot of other people live for is a devastating reality that I want to help try and prevent.

For the sake of the future shredders that rely on winter to do what they love, and to help to continue to grow snow sports and Australia and around the world, I want to spread the word of POW as much as possible.”

Mia ‘Miff’ Rennie | Skiing

Miff Rennie has been a professional Skier since the age of 15. At just 16, Mia became Australia’s youngest female skier to compete at a Freeski World Cup. Standing alongside the World’s Top 30 Skiers. Mia is the future of Australian Women’s Skiing and a daring, ambitious skier with her sights set on X-Games and Olympic Gold.

Mia competed in her first World Junior at 13, edging out some of the world’s best skiers. With Podiums in World Cup Qualifying events, a Youth Olympic Games Finalist and a Series of US, NZ and European Podiums, including 16 golds, Mia is making a name as one of the most fearless female skiers on the world stage.

In 2022, Miff joined the Channel 7 Olympic Games Commentary team and hosted the Channel 7 TikTok Olympic Games Show, frequently appearing in worldwide media.

As an ambassador for Protect our Winters, The Chumpy Pullin Foundation & Clif Bar, Mia pours her energy into sustainable solutions, believing we are at our absolute best as a human race when connected to nature and the land.

“We are at our best as a race when we work as one, in harmony, with the gifts that surround us every day, the mountains, the ocean, our animals, the plants, our sustainable resources”. “Our very presence impacts the planet; we can make choices to offset our impact, to pave a better future for the next generations. My sport takes from the earth, but it gives so much to me personally and emotionally; through my partnership with POW, we can work to give back to the earth, offset our footprint, to find better ways to co-exist with nature and the natural environment”.

Paige Penrose | Trail Running

I’m a human who really likes to run – it’s about the only time when my brain and body feel like they’re in sync. I came last in every cross country in my early school years and was quite convinced I hated it – I’ve only found out I was wrong in the last couple of years but I’ve spent my whole life on the trails.

I really like Earth and the seemingly insurmountable task of protecting our planet becomes less daunting with friends. I’ve run through ancient Gondwanan rainforest in the hope of saving them, I’ve raised funds, I try to say thanks for every kilometre I traverse across this planet but alone, I cannot do enough. POW is a chance to stand alongside each other.

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