Geelong Grammar School ramps up Interschools training with new off-snow program
THIS year Geelong Grammar School is ramping up their training for the Victorian interschools competition before students hit the snow.
Using Ski & Snowboard Australia’s (SSA) new school program with modified snowsports equipment designed for use in the school gym, Geelong Grammar is giving students an advantage by practicing their skiing and snowboarding fundamentals at school.
“The Little Shredders program has given the students a more hands on, realistic approach to their training and they’ve thoroughly enjoyed the activities” said Marshall Radcliff the Head of PE & Sport, Snowsports Coordinator at the Toorak campus of Geelong Grammar School.
By adding Little Shredders to their dryland training program, Geelong Grammar School students like Skye in year six, Heidi in year two, Asher in year three, and Bobby in year two (pictured), can practice their balance, coordination and agility with games and activities with the aim to have fun.
The activities can be modified for degree of difficulty and are suitable for children whether they’ve skied or snowboarded before or not.
Skye will be heading to her seventh Interschools event while sister Heidi will be heading into her first Interschools.
“I liked going over the noodles on the snowboard and practicing my tricks on the Spooner boards” Heidi said.
“I love twisting and jumping on the Spooner boards and I like being pulled over the bumps and practising my balance on the snowboard” said Asher, who has not skied or snowboarded before, though is now very keen to try these school holidays.
Nic Cicero, Participation and Sport Development Coordinator at Ski & Snowboard Australia said that they were seeing a trend, with schools applying Little Shredders as a dry land training program for Interschool competitions.
“It’s often a while between winter seasons for children, so our off-snow school program can give them a head start as well as add value to their school sport curriculum.” He said.
Any school can get Little Shredders any time of the year because it doesn’t need snow, and it’s FREE for schools under the Sporting Schools initiative.
PLUS, all children who complete Little Shredders receive a FREE 2 day lift pass, 2 day equipment hire and lessons for any Australian alpine resort to redeem with their family.* *conditions apply “While the skills learned are transferable to skiing, the snowboard focus has allowed many students to experience snowboarding for the first time.” Mr Radcliff added.
“The aim of our program is to not only prepare our students for snowsports but also build a sense of community amongst teachers, parents and students. Boys and girls who may not compete or even have an opportunity to get to the snow this year are still encouraged to participate in training and enjoy a healthy breakfast afterwards.”
Geelong Grammar School will be taking 25 students to the Victorian Interschools Championships this year, and have had 70 students in the Little Shredders dryland training program each week.
If you’d like to get the program at your school visit www.littleshredders.com.au for more information and to request the program.
◆ Skye Calvert-Jones on the left and her sister Heidi on right participating in the ‘Little Shredders’ program which is run by Ski and Snowboard Australia.