By ALEX CRAIG
MOUNT Beauty Secondary College came out on top of the Australian Secondary Schools Snowsports Team Championships (ASSSTC) at Falls Creek between August 9 and 11.
The ASSSTC is a unique teambased competition where schools enter 16 students – with most of each team required to compete in alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country events.
Students are encouraged to have a go at all the disciplines with times tallied and teams rewarded for having as many members as possible participating in each discipline.
The competition, which has been running for more than 50 years, this year included participants from 10 schools.
Day one’s ski-cross board-cross events were conducted in beautiful sunshine and conditions.
Snowy Mountains Grammar (SMGS) led the results, winning across the boys’, girls’ and reserve categories.
After being evacuated from Ruined Castle mid-way through the giant slalom because of high winds, the Falls Creek race and events team jumped into action and set up another short and fast giant slalom course on Nastar.
At the end of the two days’ downhill events Snowy Mountains Grammar School was 12 points ahead of second placed Mount Beauty Secondary College.
The third day was all about cross country skiing – both classic and freestyle. VICTORY: Mt Beauty Secondary College took out the Australian Secondary Schools Snowsports Team Championships by the skin of its teeth last week, with team members (standing, from left) Cody Allport, Ayla Armitage, Acacia Benne Keeble, Mitch Cook, Brianna Oldis, Rhys Cook, Jack Rawlings, Charlie Ryder, Ryan Blackwell, Dylan Cosgriff and (in front), Jonah Cosgriff, Ella Gould, Claire Bowring and Will Weir. Kneeling are Tommi Silvester, Charlotte Rookes and Nic Blackwell.
The Birkebeiner Ski Club set a perfect course, achievable for all competitors, enabling the most talented to show off their skills.
Wangaratta High School joined the competition just for this day and proved stiff competition for the Mount Beauty team.
But the extra pre-season training provided by Nick Grimmar and Olympian Esther Bottomly seemed to have paid off because the locals were able to win every cross country event of the day.
Mount Beauty won the overall championship on 137 points, a nailbiting one point ahead of Snowy Mountains Grammar, only the second time Mt Beauty has been able to take the trophy from Snowy Mountains in past 20 years. Results: Overall: Mt Beauty 1, Snowy Mountains Grammar 2, Peninsula Grammar 3.
Boys: Mt Beauty and Snowy Mountains Grammar 1 (draw), Peninsula Grammar 2.
Girls: Mt Beauty 1, Snowy Mountains Grammar 2, Macarthur Grammar and Peninsula Grammar 3 (draw).
Alpine skiing: Snowy Mountains Grammar 1, Mt Beauty 2, The Scots School and Peninsula Grammar 3 (draw).
Snowboarding: Snowy Mountains Grammar 1, Mt Beauty 2, Peninsula Grammar 3.
Cross country: Mt Beauty 1, Wangaratta High School 2, Snowy Mountains Grammar 3.