On Friday 25 June, the SMGS Mountain Biking program held its annual presentation evening. In attendance were students who participated in the 2018 Australian MTB Interschools competition, the Wednesday Sports program and the new addition to our mountain biking program, the Thursday after-school social ride.

With the sport of mountain biking rapidly growing in the Snowy Monaro region, thanks to some fantastic infrastructure and trail offerings for an array of mountain biking disciplines, it is no doubt that enthusiasm amongst our student population is multiplying.

At this year’s awards presentation, the following students were recipients of the perpetual awards:

Rookie Mountain Biker of the Year – Alexandria Quinn

Most Improved Mountain Biker of the Year – Ruby Smith

Female Mountain Biker of the Year – Eve Donnelly

Male Mountain Biker of the Year – Josh Jansen

Community Service – Kalob Blyth and Matt Hansen.

Of the 2017/2018 season and the growth of the sport in our school community, SMGS Mountain Biking program co-ordinator and Head of Faculty – Mathematics & Movement, Dr Adam Lloyd, said, “Being part of the MTB program in 2018 has given me the opportunity to see students ‘in their element’. I have been privileged to see some outstanding results in the interschools races at Thredbo and witness amazing displays of skill and resilience. The student interest in both the Wednesday sport and Thursday social rides at Bungarra is a testament to the growth of the MTB program at SMGS. Overall a great season!”

Students are still taking advantage of the excellent riding conditions in Jindabyne, which is one of the many benefits of living in a place with such a breadth of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors on foot, bike, skis or snowboard!

Congratulations to all students who participated in the mountain biking program this year and thank you to the fantastic coaches, staff and parents who worked so hard to get these programs off the ground.