Australian Interschools success
A LARGE contingent from the Mansfield primary and secondary schools made the trek to Perisher last week to compete in the 2016 Australain Interschools Snowsports Championships.
The students won the right to compete after the Victorian Interschools held at Mt Buller recently.
The Australian I nt e rschools brings together the best young snow sports athletes in the country.
Competitors are given the opportunity to represent their school and state and to compete for an Australian title.
To participate in the Subaru Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships, competitors from NSW and Victorian must be a member of a top six placed team, or finish in the top 15 as an individual to qualify from their State Championships.
Competing against t he best snowsports youngsters in Australia, there were some pleasing results.
St Mary’s had two competitors representing the school.
Dan Friday qualified by coming second in the Victorian Interschools Division 4 (grades 5&6) Alpine Giant Slalom.
Georgia Bolton qualified for the Nationals by coming second in the Victorian Interschools in Division 5 (grades 3&4) female Moguls competition.
At Perisher Bolton put in two great runs on the Moguls course to pick up the silver medal.
Friday took out gold in the Division 4 Alpine event.
In horrible rainy conditions on Saturday morning Friday also put in two great runs in the Division 4 Alpine Giant Slalom to take out the Australian title by a solid margin of 1.5 seconds combined time.
Meanwhile, the three boys who represented the Mansfield/Mt Buller Annex, Jack Painter (Sandringham Primary), Lewis Rice (Mansfield Primary) and Phoenix Croft (Mansfield Steiner) won the gold for both team and individual (Jack Painter) in the Division 5 Snowboard event.
Not to be outdone, Hayley Wilson swapped her skateboard for a snowboard to take out the silver medal in the Division 2 female Slopestyle event.
Representing Mansfield Secondary College she was very proud to be awarded the silver medal with a score of 82.7 out of a possible 100 points.
FLYING HIGH: Hayley Wilson takes some air during the Division 2 female Slopestyle event. INSET: JUSTIFIED SUCCESS: Dan Friday and Georgia Bolton with their gold medals from the 2016 Australain Interschools Snowsports Championships.