Div 6 Alpine - a new awards and event cat­e­gory in 2016

Alpine News - - Interschools - BY WENDY OLSEN

THE NSW In­ter­schools Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships is a se­ries of snow sports com­pe­ti­tions where school stu­dents can com­pete in teams or as in­di­vid­u­als across seven snows­ports dis­ci­plines.

Th­ese in­clude Alpine Gi­ant Slalom, Ski Cross, Snow­board Gi­ant Slalom, Snow­board Cross, Cross-Coun­try Re­lay, CrossCoun­try Freestyle, and Freestyle Moguls events.

The 2015 events at­tracted 8919 com­peti­tor en­tries from 250 NSW, 32 ACT and 31 QLD schools, with 3029 com­peti­tors tak­ing part in the Cham­pi­onships. The en­try num­bers makes In­ter­schools Snows­ports one of the sin­gle big­gest sport­ing events in Aus­tralia at any level.

Last sea­son, we also ex­pe­ri­enced an over­all growth of over 20 per cent in new schools en­ter­ing the NSW/QLD/ACT In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships, in­clud­ing 18 Queens­land schools.

We are look­ing for­ward to the sea­son ahead with a cou­ple of new de­vel­op­ments. For the first time, com­peti­tors will be able to en­ter Di­vi­sion 6 Alpine, a new awards and event cat­e­gory for those in kinder­garten to year 2. The event will be a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce new ski rac­ers to In­ter­schools in a non threat­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The course at the re­gional cham­pi­onships will be shorter than other Alpine cour­ses and com­peti­tors can qual­ify for Di­vi­sion 6 Alpine events at both the NSW State and Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

At the re­cent Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia Awards, two NSW schools took out the Na­tional school awards.

Jind­abyne Cen­tral School won School Snows­ports Club of the Year and Wenona won Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment for Smaller Schools with their crosscoun­try ski­ing pro­gram.

Matt Gra­ham, for­mer In­ter­schools com­peti­tor for Cen­tral Coast Gram­mar won Ath­lete of the Year, for his amaz­ing sea­son in which he won his first World Cup and ended the sea­son ranked sec­ond in the world.

Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year went to Snow­board Half­pipe ath­lete Emily Arthur, for­mer In­ter­schools com­peti­tor from St John Bosco and NSW Snows­ports ath­lete.

The In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships is a mass participation event and is suit­able for all lev­els of skiers and board­ers, from first time rac­ers to as­pir­ing ath­letes and pro­fes­sion­als.

It is a start­ing block for fur­ther com­pe­ti­tion, which has seen at least 20 Olympians start their ca­reer at In­ter­schools com­pe­ti­tions.

For in­for­ma­tion on the NSW In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships, please visit our web­site at www. nswin­ter­schools.com.au and like us on Face­book for event news, im­ages and more.

MOGULS: A young com­peti­tor ready to com­plete their Moguls heat at the 2015 Subaru NSW State In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships.

PHOTOS: Ian Ben­nett

RAC­ING: Stu­dents ready to race at the 2015 West­pac NSW & ACT Cross Coun­try In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships.

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