What a way to finish the 2016 school snowsports season. National Champions! Best secondary co-educational school in the country! Mother nature certainly didn’t make it easy over the past week but everyone involved, from the athletes to the parents, the staff and the volunteers, braved the conditions and showed the competition how it’s done.
SMGS Top Medal Tally
Despite most of the top schools being more than double the size, it wasn’t enough to knock SMGS off the top of the medal tally. SMGS took a lead of 3 gold medals into the final day of competition but 2 gold medals late in the day for cross-town rivals, Jindabyne Central School, saw the gap reduced but it wasn’t enough to knock SMGS off the top overall competition tally.
New Stars Are Born
One of the highlights of the competition was the hugely successful campaign from the Junior School team with some standout individual performances and strong team results across all disciplines. Although the team was grossly outnumbered compared to the main competition, they finished just outside of the podium places in the overall primary co-education championship with 4th place, including 2nd place overall in the snowboarding disciplines.
Team SMGS, A Step Above
Not only did Team SMGS successfully defend their national title with a massive 376 points, their nearest rival was another 194 points behind in second place. This is an amazing effort for a who has less than half the numbers of it’s nearest rivals.
Principal Andrew Bell was thrilled with SMGS’ students’ performances:
“The SMGS community should be very proud of all students who participated in not only the National event, but the 2016 Interschools Snowsports season. They represented their school with passion and class.”
Go Team SMGS!
Farewell But Not Goodbye
The National Championships sees us bid farewell to year 12 students in 2016 and we hope we’ve been able to send you out on a high. Best of luck with your future endeavours and hopefully we’ll see you back to share your future success with Team SMGS!