Aus­tralian In­ter­schools suc­cess

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT -

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.

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