By ALEX CRAIG

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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