1 years of inters e 1
One of the great things about the event is not just the performances and improvement in skills of all the athletes involved, it is the friendly spirit of competition and support between the racers, all from competing schools.
Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School Essendon first sent two teams to compete in the Interschools in 1993.
Since then interest in the event has increased and this year the school had 14 competitors compete across three divisions.
“It’s great that all ages and abilities can participate in the events across a range of disciplines,” said Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School teacher Vicki Huban.
“It offers an opportunity for all students and it’s also a lot of fun.”
Mansfield local Dan Friday, a member of Mt Buller Race Club, and student at Mansfield Secondary College had a cracking day, taking out 2nd in the Div 3 Alpine, 2nd in the Fic 3 Skier Cross and 3rd in the Div 3 Slopestyle.
“The Friday family saddled up for the emotional roller coaster that is the Victorian Interschools for the 10th time this year,” said Dan’s father Euan Friday.
“There is something quite incredible about this event and its capacity to generate emotional intensity.
“Fortunately, this year there were a lot more highs than lows for us.
“But there was also the anguish of watching kids disappointed by the mistakes that cost them.
“But, that’s snow sports – you only get one chance, and there are some powerful life lessons in that.
“Once again, the organisers and mountain staff have done an incredible job to host what truly must be a huge logistical challenge.
“Thousands of kids and dozens of events that all seem to run pretty much without a hitch.
“And this year, Mt Buller really turned it on with the best conditions I can honestly remember.
“With that sort of skiing on offer, just spectating was a real challenge this time around.”