Up to 800 com­peti­tors are ex­pected for In­ter­schools

Alpine News - - Interschools - BY MAR­GARET BROOM BY WENDY OLSEN

THE SOUTH Aus­tralian In­ter­schools com­pe­ti­tion will be held at Mt Buller this year, dur­ing the sec­ond week of our school hol­i­days from July 13 to 16.

We re­ceive en­tries from large school groups to in­di­vid­ual fam­ily groups and all are wel­come to en­joy the week of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Please check out our web­site, www.saski.org. au for more in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­schools and get your en­tries in ASAP.

Re­gret­fully, we an­nounce the fin­ish of our long run­ning “Snow Gear Sale”. SASKI has been or­gan­is­ing this event for 32 years and it al­lowed peo­ple to buy pre-loved gear. I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend many thanks to our long­stand­ing or­gan­is­ers Barry Blake­brough and Gra­ham Brown for their in­put.

Fi­nally, I hope ev­ery­one en­joys their ski­ing this win­ter.

THE YEAR started very well for SnowS­ports ACT, with lo­cal aeri­als skier Laura Peel tak­ing out the World Aeri­als Cham­pi­onships in Aus­tria in Jan­uary.

Laura has been per­form­ing well on the World Cup cir­cuit for the past few years and placed 7th in Sochi and has had many podium fin­ishes on the World Cup cir­cuit

The new ti­tle is well de­served and we look for­ward to see­ing Laura at the next Olympics in Korea in 2018.

Laura be­comes the fourth Aus­tralian woman to win an aerial ski­ing World Cham­pi­onships ti­tle.

In April, Laura was awarded the joint ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s ‘Snows­ports Ath­lete of the Year’ with Scotty James at the Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia Awards and along with ath­lete and coach recog­ni­tion at the awards, two school awards were pre­sented to those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the In­ter­schools Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships across Aus­tralia.

Can­berra school, St Clare’s Col­lege won the na­tional school award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment for Small Schools.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to St Clare’s Col­lege. School club of the Year went to Caulfield Gram­mar in Mel­bourne, with Marist Col­lege in Can­berra be­ing nom­i­nated as the NSW/ACT rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Ath­letes have been pre­par­ing for the lo­cal sea­son long be­fore the first snow­falls.

The ACT ju­nior cross coun­try out of sea­son train­ing pro­gram has been busy with new mem­bers join­ing each week.

The pro­gram pro­vides a fun and safe ski train­ing en­vi­ron­ment with highly qual­i­fied coaches.

The train­ing is based on all round ath­letic de­vel­op­ment and tech­nique im­prove­ment us­ing roller skis, athletics and games.

The reg­u­lar ses­sions were mostly held at Stromlo For­est Park and the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport and SnowS­ports ACT also ran a pre sea­son train­ing fit­ness pro­gram tar­geted at In­ter­schools and ju­nior ath­letes in term two this year.

We are ex­pect­ing 800 com­peti­tors to com­pete in the ACT/South­ern NSW In­ter­schools Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships from July 29 to 31 at Per­isher.

The pop­u­lar ACT Schools Cup is in its 6th year and is in­tro­duc­ing cross coun­try as a third dis­ci­pline, along with Alpine and Snow­board GS.

The in­au­gu­ral event will be held on July 12 and school stu­dents can com­pete as in­di­vid­u­als and/or part of a team of three.

The event is run sim­i­lar to In­ter­schools where stu­dents com­pete in their In­ter­schools di­vi­sion (year at school) and the top three teams and in­di­vid­u­als are recog­nised.

Team re­sults from the event will go to­wards the over­all ACT Schools Cup point score, which awards the best male and fe­male pri­mary and sec­ondary schools af­ter the Alpine and Snow­board events are held on Septem­ber 6.

For more in­for­ma­tion on all our events and pro­grams, please visit snows­port­s­act.com.au.

RAC­ING: Max Mandl from Rad­ford Col­lege com­pet­ing at Per­isher in 2014. PHOTO: Jonathan Mandl

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