Queens­land’s own event, as NSW con­tin­ues to grow

Alpine News - - Front Page - By WENDY PINKER­TON

FOL­LOW­ING on from the 25th An­niver­sary of NSW In­ter­schools Snows­ports Events and record en­try num­bers in 2012, where we saw 10,560 com­peti­tor en­tries (6580 sec­ondary / 3980 pri­mary) in 21 days of com­pe­ti­tion at the Per­isher and Thredbo re­sorts, NSW In­ter­schools Snows­ports moves into the chal­lenges and ex­cite­ment of 2013.

This in­cludes the ad­di­tion of the Subaru Queens­land in­ter­schools cham­pi­onships at Per­isher in late June, and an all new Rider Cross event at Thredbo in late July.

On June 27, the in­au­gu­ral Queens­land in­ter­schools cham­pi­onships will be held in Per­isher. A small num­ber of Queens­land schools have been en­ter­ing ei­ther the NSW or Vic­to­rian in­ter­schools cham­pi­onships, but there is suf­fi­cient de­mand in 2013 to hold a stand alone cham­pi­onships for the Sun­shine State.

We are ex­pect­ing good rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the schools and are con­fi­dent that the schools that com­pete in 2013 will go back and en­cour­age more stu­dents and schools to com­pete in 2014.

Skier cross (SX) and snow­board cross (SBX) are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar events and there are many op­tions for school stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in other school based events out­side in­ter­schools in alpine and snow­board GS, such as The Scots Col­lege Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships, but fewer re­cre­ational races for SX and SBX.

On July 27, the in­au­gu­ral Rider Cross Cup will be held in Thredbo and is open to skiers and snow­board­ers of all ages and par­tic­i­pants can en­ter as an in­di­vid­ual or part of a three per­son male, fe­male or mixed gen­der team of all ages.

NSW In­ter­schools is ex­pect­ing a fur­ther in­crease in en­tries in the three re­gional NSW and ACT Cham­pi­onships; the Trav­elplan Ski North­ern and Syd­ney Cham­pi­onships and the Subaru ACT-South­ern NSW Cham­pi­onships, to be held in both Per­isher and Thredbo in July. Our en­try num­bers have en­joyed a healthy growth each year.

With the Sochi Win­ter Olym- pics not too far away, we are look­ing for­ward to cheer­ing on the ath­letes who started their rac­ing ca­reer in in­ter­schools.

It is re­mark­able that at least 44 mem­bers of the Shadow Aus­tralian Win­ter Olympic Team, be­gan their snows­ports com­pe­ti­tion ca­reers rep­re­sent­ing their schools in in­ter­schools snows­ports com­pe­ti­tions.

With 25 ath­letes from NSW, 18 from Vic­to­ria, and one from the ACT, they are ‘on the road’ to earn the ul­ti­mate ti­tle of ‘Olympian’, when the fi­nal 2014 Aus­tralian Win­ter Olympic Team is an­nounced later this year.

The 44 ath­letes come from all of the dis­ci­plines and in­clude 15 in snow­board, 19 in freestyle ski­ing, five in alpine, and five in cross coun­try.

SKI and Snow­board Aus­tralia (SSA) re­cently an­nounced the makeup of the new Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools Snows­ports Com­mit­tee (VISC).

Af­ter some un­cer­tainty, SSA are also pleased to an­nounce that the event will once again be staged at Mt Buller.

Af­ter many suc­cess­ful years run­ning the in­ter­schools com­pe­ti­tion, the event team at Mt Buller are ex­tremely ca­pa­ble and adept at han­dling the huge task that is the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools.

The core man­date of the VISC is to pro­vide an ex­pert in­ter­face be­tween Mt Buller as the provider of the event and the key par­tic­i­pat­ing stake­hold­ers, namely Vic­to­rian schools and SSA.

In this re­gard, SSA wel­comes the “at-the-ta­ble” in­volve­ment of two very in­flu­en­tial mem­bers of the Mt Buller com­mu­nity that will en­sure a co­op­er­a­tive ap­proach to de­liv­ery of the VISC char­ter.

Ini­tial mem­ber­ship of the VISC is as fol­lows:

Dean Gosper (In­terim Chair­man) - Cur­rent SSA Chair­man

Nick Whitby - Di­rec­tor of Buller Ski Lifts (BSL)

John Hu­ber - CEO Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling Alpine Re­sorts Man­age­ment Board

Ian March - School Co­or­di­na­tor at Cam­ber­well Gram­mar School

Cameron Cutchie - School Co­or­di­na­tor at Scotch Col­lege Se­nior

Chris­tian Nee­son - School Co­or­di­na­tor at Mel­bourne Girls Gram­mar

Alis­tair Guss - Pres­i­dent of Mt Buller Race Club/Vic­to­rian and Na­tional Alpine Com­mit­tee

An­drew Pat­ti­son - Pro­gram Man­ager for Team Buller/Vic­to­rian and Na­tional Freestyle Com­mit­tee

Re­becca Clark - VISC Sec­re­tary - SSA Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Par­tic­i­pa­tion Co­or­di­na­tor

The core re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the VISC in­clude:

To work in con­junc­tion with BSL and the Na­tional In­ter­schools Com­mit­tee to main­tain the in­tegrity of in­ter­schools, and con­tinue to build the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools and Na­tional In­ter­schools events.

To re­view and ap­prove Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships sched­ul­ing, fees, bud­get, and other event op­er­a­tions.

To re­view and main­tain the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships Rules in con­junc­tion with the BSL.

To dis­cuss, re­view and re­spond to any school co­or­di­na­tor’s rule en­quiries and re­quests.

To set long-term vi­sion/strate­gies for In­ter­schools De­vel­op­ment.

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