Last week, our school competed in the Australian Secondary Schools Ski Team Championships (ASSSTCs). I first entered our school in the competition some sixteen years ago.  Since then we have been successful in bringing home the overall trophy on fifteen occasions.

This year, thanks to Mother Nature, Falls Creek Resort welcomed athletes with fresh snow delivered from the recent ‘Blizzard of Oz’ and a few days of bluebird skies. Our athletes and team leaders were, of course, thankful and excited about the conditions and ready to take on the competition events.

Our school’s participation in the ASSSTCs competition is very valuable as this is a real team competition unlike any other currently available for winter sports.  At ASSSTCs, every member of the team – we send sixteen athletes and twelve of them are required to compete in each event, comprising Cross-Country, Alpine and Snowboard events – forms part of the school score.  Each team member needs to complete the race in the best position they can, as everyone scores points and then a penalty is given to anyone who does not finish.

This year’s team was comprised of the following students:

Rebecca Matthes
Isabelle Beaton
Eve Donnelly
Ambrose Hansen
Abbey Clark
Sarah Ryan
Mackenzie Harding
Madison Rager
Declan Burke
Jake Kennedy
Charles Beaton
Aidan Machin
Jack Machin
Campbell Oatley
Cody Maxwell
Cole Bulluss

While the benefits to our students who attend are obvious, with the event including the travel and the competition opportunity at Falls Creek Resort, the intangible outcomes for our students are perhaps the reason for its continued success. These intangibles occur mostly off the slopes, as the team travels together, stays together (which involves cooking and cleaning up after meals) and forms a very tight unit to represent our school against others from Victoria and NSW. When not competing, the SMGS team members are busy cheering on their peers and helping in any way they can, undoubtedly creating a perfect environment to build strong team camaraderie.

A strong SMGS ASSSTCs team legacy has been created over the last fifteen years; so much so, that it is an honour for a SMGS student to be selected in this team and one that many students work toward from an early age.  It is indeed a great tradition that I hope continues for many years to come.

Our 2017 team competed exceptionally in all disciplines, accumulating the following results:

Overall Alpine – Male
Overall Snowboard – Male
2nd Placed School.

For a full list of results, visit: ASSSTCs 2017 Results

As always, the Falls Creek Resort event crew did a phenomenal job with course set-up and organisation, ensuring that the event ran smoothly and safely for all competitors. The resort’s passion for and commitment to the event is very evident.

Of their dedication to the event, the Falls Creek Resort management team said, “Falls Creek genuinely loves hosting ASSSTCs each year. The team-based format of the competition creates an atmosphere where students have to work together to have success in the overall competition. Having all disciplines represented across the competition really does challenge each student to discover all the joys of skiing and snowboarding.

“Our village layout also provides students with fun and safe surroundings to experience life in the alpine environment. We are always impressed with the competition and camaraderie that is the foundation of ASSSTCs and look forward to hosting it for many years to come.”

Head of Sport, Mr Tim Bland, was pleased with our school’s efforts, saying, “Congratulations to our entire team that went and represented the school at ASSSTCs. This competition carries with it a rich history and SMGS has always performed outstandingly.  Well done to Mt Beauty Secondary School on taking out the overall competition title and a great job from our students to come back with the Overall Alpine, Snowboard and Male titles”.

SMGS students will now continue their preparation for the Amelia McGuiness Time Trial at Perisher Resort (20-21 August), the 2017 NSW State Interschools Championships to be held at Perisher Resort (22-27 August) and the 2017 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships to be held at Mt Buller (6-10 September).

Photo Credit: Mr Callum Ross

SMGS Snowsports Programs

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.