Now with the Flying Kangaroos, the Australian aerial skiing team, Harrison, from Chadstone, is one of just two Australian men to go through a new sports transition program for elite athletes.
Harrison, 18, who was last year’s Waverley Leader Senior Sports Star, recently returned from six weeks in Utah in the US, where he trained seven hours a day honing his new skills on snow.
He is now training at a water ramp facility near Lilydale where he is learning to ski on the plastic surface and practising jumps into the water.
Harrison, who is also studying law at Deakin University, had only skied once as a child but is loving the new challenge.
“I’d ski down the mountain to hear cheering from the chairlift, ‘Woo! The Flying Kangaroos are here!’,” he said.
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Harrison Tullberg trains at the water ramp facility near Lilydale. Picture: Lawrence Pinder.
Harrison, who is supported by the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and the Victorian Institute of Sport, hopes to represent Australia at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
“I’m loving everything at the moment and I’ve been really lucky to have the support of sponsors and the program,” he said.
Harrison, who started as a gymnast before switching to trampolining, said he was grateful for the support of his sponsor Mr Trampoline, which enabled him to travel to the US and provided a GoPro camera to record his progress.
“Trampolining is still a low-profile sport in Australia but I urge kids to have a go,” he said.
“It’s one of the best forms of exercise you can do, without even realising it because you’re having so much fun.
“But it’s vital to get a coach, be supervised, be safe and know your ability.”
Harrison Tullberg is eligible to be a Leader Senior Sports Star nominee.
Story and images courtesy of the Herald Sun and the Leader East newspapers.