Coaches

QAST 2021 Coaching Team

Celine Arnold
Program Director

Celine comes into this role with significant coaching and administration experience. Celine’s passion for the outdoors led to her career in skiing. She has been teaching people to ski for over 20 years, 14 of which have been back-to-back winters in Switzerland and New Zealand. Having worked as a Head Coach/Program Director since 2013, most recently at Villars International Training Academy, she knows exactly what it takes!

A Kiwi Swiss (born at the ex-Bungy Backpackers) in Queenstown, she moved with her family to Switzerland where she grew up and ski raced until she was 18 years old. The diversity of skills, energy and experience Celine brings will have a very positive impact on our growing club. Celine loves to share her knowledge with people, she is full of enthusiasm and you will rarely find her without a huge, warm, smile on her face.  

Her primary duty as QAST Program Director will be to define future direction for the growth of the team and bring that direction to life by handling the behind the scenes efforts - logistics, financials, staffing and management of the team. 

Celine is looking forward to being part of the QAST family, along with her partner, QAST FIS Coach Angus Rose. But most importantly, Celine is super Mum to their two little girls who will one day be ripping down the slopes.

 

Sam Liggins
U8 Lead Coach 

Sam grew up skiing at Ruepehu as a young kid. Coming from a family of passionate skiers, he spent winters in his childhood road tripping from North to South through club fields. His love affair with teaching started in 2015. He has huge energy and passion and is looking forward to working with our junior athletes. He is highly qualified and provides the kids with the perfect mix to progress while keeping the training fun. In recent seasons, Sam has spent time teaching in New Zealand, Japan and Canada. In between the winter months he completed a degree in Industrial Design.

Arabella Mitchell
U10/U12 Lead Coach 

Arabella's love for skiing starting at the age of 3. She has a passion for ski racing that is infectious and is eager to make ski racing a fun experience for all. Having coached this age group last year, she knows first hand what it takes. Under the guidance of our Program Director, Arabella is committed to making a positive impact and working to help each athlete become a better ski racer. She cares deeply about each athletes goals and knows that the magic happens when athletes are engaged, relaxed and having fun. Arabella believes in giving them a solid foundation to build upon so they have a lifelong love for ski racing.   

Lucy Brown
U14/U16 Coach 

Lucy is a super star, a regular now on the QAST coaching team and always does an awesome job with our athletes.

A QAST member from a young age, Lucy grew up in Queenstown, attending Queenstown Primary and Wakatipu High School. Lucy is a very competitive person, having been brought up from a child competing at a national level both with equestrian, on the show jumping circuit, and Alpine ski racing. Racing in her blood; Lucy comes from a family that has raced extensively - her father, uncles and older sister have all raced and coached internationally. From the age of 7-14 she was involved in Alpine ski racing. She competed successfully at national level consistently placing in the top seven. She trained locally with QAST for four years, being taught by top coaches from around the world including Tim Cafe, Veronica, Michael, Chris Knight and Ian Mclean.

In 2018, she joined the International Ski Racing Academy and coached in Copper Mountain for their pre-season training. Following that, a stint in Italy coaching Juniors and FIS athletes, including Alice Robinson. This year, plans to coach in California at a pre-season camp with Tim Café were cancelled due to Covid. Under the tutor ledge of world cup coaches, Lucy is a bright young coaching talent and building a strong name for herself. Lucy is currently studying at Massey University.

Willis Feasey
U14 Lead Coach

Having lived in Twizel all his life, Willis grew up with a passion for the outdoors and from the age of 2 was enjoying the slopes of Ohau. He started ski race training when he was 10 years old which was a little later than some but quickly decided it was a huge amount of fun and what he wanted to do with his life.

Willis has a phenomenal CV as an athlete. He began racing and training with the New Zealand Ski team in 2012, competing in 4 World Championships so far (2013-2019) and 27 World Cups. The highlight so far being the 2018 Olympics where he competed in the Super G, GS and Slalom. His best World ranking was 44th and he has been ranked in the top 200 in every discipline. 

Willis is looking forward to his second season of coaching. He is focused on passing on all he has learnt over the years as a racer to the next generation of young athletes. He brings with him his fresh racing knowledge base and enthusiasm to lead our U14 age-group athletes into the future. His big personality ensures training for all is fun as well as hard work!

Huw Phillips
U
16 Lead Coach 

Huw is a welsh kiwi and all round awesome guy. He emigrated to Nelson, NZ when he was 10 years old and found his passion and talent for race training with the Rainbow Ski Club. After High School, he travelled to Courchevel to start his BASI training, whilst teaching & training he went on to complete his final module at BASI level 4, receiving the ISIA stamp, the Euro Mountain Security, UKCP 2 Alpine Race Coach and Eurotest.

Huw brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to our club. He has the ability to connect with racers and get them to perform at their best. He has worked at all levels and is an experienced and skilled ski coach who will bring his vast industry knowledge across all levels to our young squad of U16 athletes.

Angus Rose
Senior FIS Head Coach

 

Once again Angus takes his place on the QAST Coaching Team. Angus is a Queenstown original, a past QAST and NZ Ski Team Athlete, who has coached with QAST for the past 19 years and has been our FIS Head Coach since 2005. Angus is our man, an experienced coach who brings a wealth of knowledge to the QAST environment including international coaching experience in the US, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Canada. He currently splits his time living 6 months in Queenstown and 6 months in Switzerland where he works coaching in Villars. We are thrilled to have Angus back and lucky to have his passion leading our FIS team again this year.