Mt Buller celebrates 60 years of Victorian Interschools
THE 2017 Subaru Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships got under way for the 60th time at Mt Buller last week with thousands of skiers and snowboarders relishing a week of competition in excellent snow conditions.
Olympic gold and bronze medallist aerial skier Lydia Lassila welcomed the competitors at the opening celebrations and is also training at Mt Buller.
The Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships were first staged in 1958 at Mt Buller between just two schools - Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College.
Since then the Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships have grown to become one of the premier school sporting competitions in Victoria spawning world champions and Olympians such as Alex ‘Chumpy” Pullin, Anton Grimus, Scotty James, Belle Brockhoff and more.
The event now welcomes 2500 students of all ages introducing them to the fun of snowsports and the alpine environment.
Fresh snow has been dusting the resort adding to the atmosphere on the race courses with sunshine and clear skies.
Chairman of the Mt Buller Interschools Association Laurie Blampied said: “Mt Buller is delighted to support this long and rich tradition of school snowsports which celebrates an impressive 60 year milestone this winter.
“Some children racing will go on to represent their state or even their country in snowsports, but every child here will no doubt enjoy skiing or snowboarding for the rest of their lives and fondly look back on their experiences they had at Mt Buller during Interschools.”
Event manager David Speirs added: “The Subaru Victorian Interschools is all about getting young people involved in snowsports and helping them develop a lifelong passion for the sport.
“The Mt Buller community welcomes 190 schools from all across the state for this event which brings together students, families and schools in this beautiful alpine setting for a fantastic week of fun, competition and camaraderie.”
The inaugural 1958 ‘Interschools’ had just eight competitors, four boys from Melbourne Grammar School and four boys from Scotch College and there was one grand slalom alpine race.
This year more than 2500 competitors raced for a full seven days to cover all races and all divisions across nine disciplines - Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross, Ski Cross, Moguls, Cross Country Classical, Cross Country Freestyle Relay, Slopestyle Ski and Slopestyle Snowboard.
STUDENTS GATHERED: At the opening of the Interschools competitions this year hundreds of students gathered in the Village Square showcasing some of the talent at the 60th Annual Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships taking place last week.
PHOTO: Andrew Railton - Mt Buller