Friday 30 June 2017 marked the opening of the snowsports competition season for many of our athletes who competed at the Thredbo Snow Series Night Rails at Thredbo resort. Under cold and icy conditions, students took advantage of the early season competition opportunity and to enjoy the great vibes created by Thredbo Parks and Thredbo Resort crews.
Of his first event this year, first-year SMGS ESA athlete Jeremy (Jem) Davies said, “It was great that everyone was supporting each other and having fun.”
The Thredbo Rail Jam event format is such that competitors are given a set amount of time to impress the judges by stylishly navigating a series of boxes and rails and other features. The top 30% then advance to a 30 minute final Jam session. Competitors accumulate points for difficulty of tricks, completeness of tricks and overall style.
SMGS had three athletes step onto the podium on Friday night. Their results are as follows:
Eve Donnelly – 2nd – Junior Women Ski
James Findlay – 2nd – Junior Men Snowboard
Charles Beaton – 3rd – Junior Men Ski
Of the atmosphere at Thredbo on Friday night, first-year ESA student-athlete Ronan O’Connor said, “It was cool, everyone was vibing off each other, and we had a great time.”
SMGS ESA coordinator and Head of Sport at SMGS, Mr Tim Bland, was happy to be back on snow and kicking off the snowsports season at Thredbo, saying, “Great work from Thredbo to put together such a fun event. They have worked hard to create a great opportunity and experience for our students so early in the season.”
The Thredbo Snow Series Rail scores can be found here: 2017 Rail Scores
The Thredbo Snow Series Rail winners’ results can be viewed here: 2017 Rail Winners
Well done to all students who competed at the Thredbo Rail Jam series. Next up on the calendar is tonight’s Pymble Cup, being held at Perisher Resort. The Pymble Cup has been moved to a night race as per the notice that went out last week: Pymble Cup Notice
Great job team SMGS!
SMGS Snowsports Program
As you might expect from a school that actively utilises its natural environment, wintersports form an integral part of the program at SMGS.
All students are encouraged to participate in the winter program, from Kindergarten through to Year 11, and programs cater for all skill levels from the very beginners through to elite athletes. Students also have the option of applying to join the Elite Snowsports Academy which caters to students who require a more rigorous training program.