Australian cross-country team had a busy international season
PHOTOS from the Australian cross-country (XC) team travelling and competing in Europe and North America during the 2014/2015 international competition season.
Many thanks to the supporters of the AUSXC, in particular Falls Creek the National Training Centre, Ski & Snowboard Australia and supporters of the XC Towards 2018 fundraising campaign.
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NSW INTERSCHOOLS Snowsports welcomes the challenges and excitement of 2015 following on from last year’s record event entries.
Interschools encourages students of all abilities and levels to compete for their school in a competitive snowsports competition. School students can compete in up to seven snow sports disciplines for alpine and cross country skiers and snowboarders.
The event focuses on fun in skiing and snowboarding at the regional championships and this is all set in a framework of friendly competition. As the competition steps up to the state and national stages, the level of competition and the difficulty of the courses also steps up, but always with a sense of fair and enjoyable competition.
Last season, 2930 school students participated from 285 schools. Both Perisher and Thredbo will host the championships that will see 6000 entries across the four regional championships; the Subaru QLD Championships, Travelplan Ski Northern NSW Championships, Travelplan Ski Sydney Championships and the Subaru ACTSouthern NSW Championships.
The Interschools Championships is a starting block for further snow sports competition and has seen 20 Olympians start their career at Interschools competitions. During the northern winter, we enjoy hearing results from former and current Interschools participants who are representing Australia overseas.
Matt Graham, former Interschools competitor representing Central Coast Grammar, had a highly successful season claiming three World Cup medals in moguls skiing. Earlier this year, Graham received his first World Cup medal with silver in Deer Valley, USA. This was followed up with another second place in Val St Come, Canada. At the last event of the season for Graham, he took out the bronze medal in the dual moguls.
At only 20 years of age, we look forward to cheering Matt on for future World Cup seasons and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea.
A rising star is current Interschools competitor from Shore, Ben Tudhope, who competes in para-snowboarding events overseas. In 2014, Ben was the youngest athlete to represent Australia at the Winter Paralympics. This northern season, Tudhope was the youngest Australian to compete at the X-Games.
For information on the NSW Interschools Championships, please visit our new look website, www.nswinterschools.com.au.