Gee­long Gram­mar School ramps up In­ter­schools train­ing with new off-snow pro­gram

Alpine News - - News - By Alexan­dra Rouse SKI & SNOW­BOARD AUS­TRALIA

THIS year Gee­long Gram­mar School is ramp­ing up their train­ing for the Vic­to­rian in­ter­schools com­pe­ti­tion be­fore stu­dents hit the snow.

Us­ing Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia’s (SSA) new school pro­gram with mod­i­fied snows­ports equip­ment de­signed for use in the school gym, Gee­long Gram­mar is giv­ing stu­dents an ad­van­tage by prac­tic­ing their ski­ing and snow­board­ing fun­da­men­tals at school.

“The Lit­tle Shred­ders pro­gram has given the stu­dents a more hands on, re­al­is­tic ap­proach to their train­ing and they’ve thor­oughly en­joyed the ac­tiv­i­ties” said Mar­shall Rad­cliff the Head of PE & Sport, Snows­ports Co­or­di­na­tor at the Toorak cam­pus of Gee­long Gram­mar School.

By adding Lit­tle Shred­ders to their dry­land train­ing pro­gram, Gee­long Gram­mar School stu­dents like Skye in year six, Heidi in year two, Asher in year three, and Bobby in year two (pic­tured), can prac­tice their bal­ance, co­or­di­na­tion and agility with games and ac­tiv­i­ties with the aim to have fun.

The ac­tiv­i­ties can be mod­i­fied for de­gree of dif­fi­culty and are suit­able for chil­dren whether they’ve skied or snow­boarded be­fore or not.

Skye will be head­ing to her sev­enth In­ter­schools event while sis­ter Heidi will be head­ing into her first In­ter­schools.

“I liked go­ing over the noo­dles on the snow­board and prac­tic­ing my tricks on the Spooner boards” Heidi said.

“I love twist­ing and jump­ing on the Spooner boards and I like be­ing pulled over the bumps and prac­tis­ing my bal­ance on the snow­board” said Asher, who has not skied or snow­boarded be­fore, though is now very keen to try these school hol­i­days.

Nic Cicero, Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Sport Devel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor at Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia said that they were see­ing a trend, with schools ap­ply­ing Lit­tle Shred­ders as a dry land train­ing pro­gram for In­ter­school com­pe­ti­tions.

“It’s of­ten a while be­tween win­ter sea­sons for chil­dren, so our off-snow school pro­gram can give them a head start as well as add value to their school sport cur­ricu­lum.” He said.

Any school can get Lit­tle Shred­ders any time of the year be­cause it doesn’t need snow, and it’s FREE for schools un­der the Sport­ing Schools ini­tia­tive.

PLUS, all chil­dren who com­plete Lit­tle Shred­ders re­ceive a FREE 2 day lift pass, 2 day equip­ment hire and lessons for any Aus­tralian alpine re­sort to re­deem with their fam­ily.* *con­di­tions ap­ply “While the skills learned are trans­fer­able to ski­ing, the snow­board fo­cus has al­lowed many stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence snow­board­ing for the first time.” Mr Rad­cliff added.

“The aim of our pro­gram is to not only pre­pare our stu­dents for snows­ports but also build a sense of com­mu­nity amongst teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents. Boys and girls who may not com­pete or even have an op­por­tu­nity to get to the snow this year are still en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in train­ing and en­joy a healthy break­fast af­ter­wards.”

Gee­long Gram­mar School will be tak­ing 25 stu­dents to the Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships this year, and have had 70 stu­dents in the Lit­tle Shred­ders dry­land train­ing pro­gram each week.

If you’d like to get the pro­gram at your school visit www.lit­tleshred­ for more in­for­ma­tion and to re­quest the pro­gram.


◆ Skye Calvert-Jones on the left and her sis­ter Heidi on right par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ‘Lit­tle Shred­ders’ pro­gram which is run by Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia.

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