A Sydney teenager is remembered as ‘kind’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘generous’ after his death in a tragic skiing accident.
A teenage boy from northern Sydney who died in a tragic skiing accident is remembered by loved ones as ‘kind’ and ‘generous’.
Oliver Johnston, 18, hit a spur on Sunday while attempting the High Noon run — one of the highest and steepest ski slopes in the country — in the Thredbo ski area.
This caused the Killara teen to lose control and crash into trees.
He died of his injuries soon after after being taken to a nearby medical center.
Mr. Johnston had left his group of friends to climb the perilous slope alone.
Loved ones have since said it was a privilege to know and love him after his untimely death.
“Oli, we love you forever, thank you for your kindness, love, generosity and your amazing spirit,” a family member posted on Instagram.
“Our lives have changed forever. It was a privilege to know and love you. You were the best of us.”
Monaro Police Inspector Keith Price said no one saw what happened as police continue to investigate the incident.
“He was skiing with a group of friends and had just left them so he could go alone and tackle another height when he hit a spur in the ground and lost control. It knocked him off balance and he swerved into the trees,” he said.
“He suffered serious injuries. No witness saw what happened.”
Mr Johnston was identified as the dead skier on Monday in a statement from Shore School principal Timothy Petterson
He had just graduated from private school in North Sydney last year.
“It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of an accident which led to the tragic death of Old Boy Oliver Johnston,” he said.
“The school supports the family during this difficult time. We are aware of the network of students, Old Boys and parents who may be directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy.”
Mr Johnston’s younger brother is still in school in Year 11, where all pupils are tutored.