RISING Barwon Heads moguls skier Jakara Anthony is set to represent her country for the first time after strong performances on the world stage.
Anthony, 18, will ski for Australia at the Asian Winter Games in Japan later this month following success in the World Cup in Utah.
Anthony was among a large group of Australian Moguls skiers in action at the Deer Valley resort, progressing to the final alongside fellow Aussie Britt Cox.
Anthony finished the qualifying session in seventh position, scoring 70.80.
Her performance in the final was awarded a score of 72.26 and this eclipsed her previous personal best which she achieved at the Calgary World Cup a week ago.
Ultimately, she finished 14th in the field of 33.
With the Asian Winter Games just around the corner, Anthony has lifted her game at the right time.
At her first two World Cup outings of the season (Lake Placid and Val St Come) she recorded scores in the early 60s.
“It’s nice to know my skiing is getting rewarded and I have the ability to get up there. Hopefully I can produce another good result,” Anthony said.
The emerging Moguls skier gets her first chance to ski for her country in Sapporo, Japan, from February 19-26.
“I’ve heard there’s a lot of snow in Japan so I’m hoping the course is pretty similar to what we’ve been skiing here,” Anthony said.
Cox added another podium finish to her season tally, finishing in third place behind Mogan Child (USA) and Marika Pertakhiya (RUS).
It is Cox’s fourth podium finish from five starts this season, her other three outings earning gold.
This weekend, Anthony will compete at the Olympic test event in Korea before turning her attention to the Asian Winter Games.