The spring sunshine disappeared on day 3 of competition in the 2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships as athletes were presented with overcast skies and low light conditions for the morning’s events. Conditions deteriorated throughout the day as the winds increased and the rain began to fall.

Unfazed by the conditions, SMGS continued to impress across the mountain, adding to our already impressive medal tally.

Slopestyle Takes Flight

Making it’s first appearance in the National Interschools Snowsports Championships, the Slopestyle events were a huge hit with athletes and spectators. Year 9 student, Eve Donnelly, secured 2nd place in the Division 2 Slopestyle Ski event:

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere at the slopestyle event today. It was great to see everyone throwing down and having fun.”

Year 10 student, Isabelle Beaton, was impressed with the level of competition:

“Lot’s of excitement today at the top of the course. Good to see cork 7s and switch 5s. Stepping up the level of competition.”

Head of Snowsports, Mr Tim Bland, was impressed with new freestyle events and can see a bright future for the events at Interschool competitions:

“It is pleasing to see slopestyle taking off at the Australian Interschools. Snowsports is a dynamic industry which is always changing and it is important for the grassroots competitions to support and encourage this. Congratulations to all the people who have worked hard behind the scenes, from the resorts to NSW and Victorian Interschools as well as NSW Freestyle. The dream is now a reality. I look forward to seeing the sport continue to grow over the next few years.”

Another Day, Another 1st Place for Junior Girls

The SMGS division 5 girls team of Cassie Nicholls, Abbey Wilson and Ally Quinn, swapped their snowboards for skis in today’s SkierX event at Perisher but the result was the same. For the third event in a row, the girls stood atop of the podium, earning another 1 place finish to go with their 1st place finishes in the Snowboard GS and SnowboardX events on the first two days of competition.

Backing up the team results, Year 4 student, Cassie Nicholls, earned her third successive individual podium, topping the timesheets with a combined time of 55.55, almost 4 seconds clear of her nearest competitor.

The girls are joined tomorrow by Charlotte Buechner for the Division 5 Alpine event and with their current form, they must be favourites to make it a clean sweep of the division 5 snowboard and alpine events.

Over on the Moguls hill, our Division 4 girls bagged a 2nd place finish. Year 5 student, Chloe Chilcott, was surprised but pleased with the result:

“I was surprised by our teams silver medal in the moguls today, going one better than state was great. Our hard work paid off”.

Finn Sadler, 3 Days and 4 Podiums

After 3 days of competition Year 8 student, Finn Sadler, has spent more time on the podium than most athletes do in a season. Finn has medalled in every event he’s competed in from Cross Country to the Snowboarding events and now onto the Alpine. Three 1st places and a 2nd place across 4 disciplines is an amazing effort for any athlete.

Competition Medal Leaderboard

SMGS Day 3 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships results:

Snowboard GS
Div 2 Female Team 1st
Div 2 Female Maisie Phillips 3rd
Div 2 Female Cora McCloskey 1st
Div 2 Male Team 1st
Div 2 Male Henry Baff 1st
Div 1 Female Team 2nd
Div 1 Female Georgia Crisp 3rd
Div 1 Alex Dickson 3rd

Div 3 Male Team 1st
Div 3 Male Finn Sadler 1st

Div 5 Female Team 1st
Div 5 Cassie Nicholls 1st

Div 4 Female Team 2nd

Slopestyle Ski
Div 2 Female Eve Donnelly 2nd
Div 2 Female Isabelle Beaton 1st
Div 2 Male Charles Beaton 3rd

Complete Day 3 Results

The following events will be contested on day 4 of competition:

Alpine – Div 4/5/6
Moguls – Div 1/2
SkierX – Div 2/3

Full schedule of events

Photos of day 3 competition can be viewed on the Perisher Dashboard.

Good luck to all competitors over the next two days of competition. If you have any photos or news from tomorrow’s events, send them through to us at:

Go Team SMGS!