Queensland’s own event, as NSW continues to grow
FOLLOWING on from the 25th Anniversary of NSW Interschools Snowsports Events and record entry numbers in 2012, where we saw 10,560 competitor entries (6580 secondary / 3980 primary) in 21 days of competition at the Perisher and Thredbo resorts, NSW Interschools Snowsports moves into the challenges and excitement of 2013.
This includes the addition of the Subaru Queensland interschools championships at Perisher in late June, and an all new Rider Cross event at Thredbo in late July.
On June 27, the inaugural Queensland interschools championships will be held in Perisher. A small number of Queensland schools have been entering either the NSW or Victorian interschools championships, but there is sufficient demand in 2013 to hold a stand alone championships for the Sunshine State.
We are expecting good representation from the schools and are confident that the schools that compete in 2013 will go back and encourage more students and schools to compete in 2014.
Skier cross (SX) and snowboard cross (SBX) are becoming increasingly popular events and there are many options for school students to participate in other school based events outside interschools in alpine and snowboard GS, such as The Scots College Snowsports Championships, but fewer recreational races for SX and SBX.
On July 27, the inaugural Rider Cross Cup will be held in Thredbo and is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and participants can enter as an individual or part of a three person male, female or mixed gender team of all ages.
NSW Interschools is expecting a further increase in entries in the three regional NSW and ACT Championships; the Travelplan Ski Northern and Sydney Championships and the Subaru ACT-Southern NSW Championships, to be held in both Perisher and Thredbo in July. Our entry numbers have enjoyed a healthy growth each year.
With the Sochi Winter Olym- pics not too far away, we are looking forward to cheering on the athletes who started their racing career in interschools.
It is remarkable that at least 44 members of the Shadow Australian Winter Olympic Team, began their snowsports competition careers representing their schools in interschools snowsports competitions.
With 25 athletes from NSW, 18 from Victoria, and one from the ACT, they are ‘on the road’ to earn the ultimate title of ‘Olympian’, when the final 2014 Australian Winter Olympic Team is announced later this year.
The 44 athletes come from all of the disciplines and include 15 in snowboard, 19 in freestyle skiing, five in alpine, and five in cross country.
SKI and Snowboard Australia (SSA) recently announced the makeup of the new Victorian Interschools Snowsports Committee (VISC).
After some uncertainty, SSA are also pleased to announce that the event will once again be staged at Mt Buller.
After many successful years running the interschools competition, the event team at Mt Buller are extremely capable and adept at handling the huge task that is the Victorian Interschools.
The core mandate of the VISC is to provide an expert interface between Mt Buller as the provider of the event and the key participating stakeholders, namely Victorian schools and SSA.
In this regard, SSA welcomes the “at-the-table” involvement of two very influential members of the Mt Buller community that will ensure a cooperative approach to delivery of the VISC charter.
Initial membership of the VISC is as follows:
Dean Gosper (Interim Chairman) - Current SSA Chairman
Nick Whitby - Director of Buller Ski Lifts (BSL)
John Huber - CEO Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resorts Management Board
Ian March - School Coordinator at Camberwell Grammar School
Cameron Cutchie - School Coordinator at Scotch College Senior
Christian Neeson - School Coordinator at Melbourne Girls Grammar
Alistair Guss - President of Mt Buller Race Club/Victorian and National Alpine Committee
Andrew Pattison - Program Manager for Team Buller/Victorian and National Freestyle Committee
Rebecca Clark - VISC Secretary - SSA National Development and Participation Coordinator
The core responsibilities of the VISC include:
To work in conjunction with BSL and the National Interschools Committee to maintain the integrity of interschools, and continue to build the Victorian Interschools and National Interschools events.
To review and approve Victorian Interschools Championships scheduling, fees, budget, and other event operations.
To review and maintain the Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships Rules in conjunction with the BSL.
To discuss, review and respond to any school coordinator’s rule enquiries and requests.
To set long-term vision/strategies for Interschools Development.