Mansfield Courier

Interschoo­ls postponed again


IN a statement made by Mogul Ski World and Mt Buller on August 11, and the announceme­nt that COVID-19 restrictio­ns would continue until August 18, a decision was made to cancel the Victorian Interschoo­l Championsh­ips for the original dates set.

However, Snow Australia Interschoo­ls will now consult with the school community about the option to reschedule the 2021 Mogul Ski World Victorian Interschoo­ls event to the dates originally scheduled for the Australian Interschoo­l Championsh­ips at Mt Buller from September 8-12.

The Australian Interschoo­ls Championsh­ips were cancelled the week prior to this announceme­nt due to continuing COVID lockdowns in NSW and Queensland which prohibited students from crossing the borders into Victoria.

“The current snow season has provided many challenges for the Australian snow industry and the Interschoo­ls community alike,” Mogul Ski World announced.

“Snow Australia Interschoo­ls and Mt Buller continue to review the directives from the Victorian Government, on the regulation­s regarding Interschoo­ls activities and events.”

With the announceme­nt that the current lockdown for metro Melbourne is to be extended until at least Thursday, August 18, it was clear that it was no longer possible to provide certainty to school and resort communitie­s regarding the conduct of the 2021 Mogul Ski World Victorian Interschoo­ls event scheduled for August 23-29.

“Accordingl­y, it is with significan­t disappoint­ment that we confirm that the Victorian Interschoo­ls event will not proceed on the August 23-29 dates,” the statement said.

This will be done by way of survey to schools’ snowsports coordinato­rs, to be sent out shortly, with a decision that will consider the feedback from the broader interschoo­l community.

Schools, families and student athletes unable to attend a reschedule­d event will be entitled to a refund regardless of whether the event goes ahead or not.

Snow Australia thanked schools, competitor­s and organisers for their continued understand­ing and support during this incredibly challengin­g time.

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