Mt Buller cel­e­brates 60 years of Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools

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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

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