Last week the Australian Secondary Schools Ski Team Championships (ASSSTCs) was run in Falls Creek, Victoria. This competition has run since its inception in 1967 and carries with it a history unparalleled by any other current school skiing competition. Teams of sixteen students compete across alpine, cross-country and snowboard disciplines, with most athletes competing in at least two disciplines. This year Snowy Mountains Grammar School took eight boys and eight girls for the three-day competition. The events included Alpine GS, Snowboard GS, Skiercross, Boardercross, Cross-Country Classic and Cross-Country Relay. The competition requires students to be multi-disciplined and the focus is on the overall team result in each event. The team was accompanied by Mr Ross and Mrs Mower.

SMGS was able to hold off the challenges from all the other schools in the competition and take out the overall point score once again. Following the ski and snowboard events on Day 1 and Day 2, SMGS had a commanding lead going into the last day. They were able to fight hard in the cross-country and come away with the silverware. A tremendous victory and congratulations to the students.

The SMGS 2016 team was comprised of the following student-athletes: Declan Burke, Tom Davis, Eve Donnelly, Isabella Emmert, Ambrose Hansen, Indiana Hansen, Jake Kennedy, Josh Kuner, Aidan Machin, Jack Machin, Rebecca Matthes, Abigail Mifsud, Oscar Mower, Sophie Nicholl, Maisie Phillips and Harry Southwell.

SMGS’ team results were as follows:

ASSSTC’s Champion School
Overall Boys’ Ski Champions
Overall Girls’ Ski Champions
Overall Boys’ Snowboard Champions
Overall Girl’s Snowboard Champions
Boys’ XC Relay Champions

SMGS’ individual results were as follows:

 Boardercross

Maisie Phillips 1st
Rebecca Matthes 2nd
Jack Machin 1st
Harry Southwell 3rd

Snowboard GS 

Maisie Phillips 1st
Jack Machin 1st

Skiercross

Isabella Emmert 1st
Rebecca Matthes 2nd
Josh Kuner 1st

Alpine GS

Isabella Emmert 1st
Josh Kuner 1st

XC Classic

Declan Burke 2nd

Of his experience at the ASSSTCs, Josh Kuner, Year 11, said, “Representing your school at ASSSTCs is such a fantastic experience. The team camaraderie was amazing and everyone gave their best.”

SMGS wishes to extend a warm thanks to the ASSSTCs organising committee, Falls Creek Resort management and Heath Matheson for their tireless efforts in organising this great event. The school also wishes to thank and congratulate all the other schools who competed. This competition continues to be a wonderful platform for students to develop and showcase their team spirit.

Mrs Mower, who accompanied the students to Victoria expanded on SMGS students conduct and performance at the event, she said, “The SMGS community should be very proud of these sixteen students. They represented their school with passion and class.”

The SMGS snowsports student-athletes have a busy week ahead preparing for the 2016 Westpac NSW and ACT Cross Country Championships and the 2016 Subaru NSW State Interschools Snowsports Championships being held next week.

Thank you,

Tim Bland
Head of Sport