Four New Ski Instructors at SMGS
Meet Australia’s newest ski instructors! Snowy Mountains Grammar School boasts four new professional ski instructors after the students qualified for their Alpine Level One certification during the school holidays.
Teagan Firle (Year 12), Cat Stynes-Garratty (Year 11), Jessie Dawson (Year 10) and Abbey Evans (Year 10) completed a four-day Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors (APSI) Alpine Level One ski instructor course in late September, receiving their certification just an hour before the Snowy Monaro region went into a snap lockdown on 30 September.
This means they are fully qualified to work as professional ski instructors in Australia and around the world. During the course, the girls learned how to teach a beginner lesson, the important baselines of professionalism and teaching, and how to adapt lessons for children.
“This was such a fun experience,” Jessie Dawson said. “It was a great opportunity to learn new skills and it’s something I can take with me once I leave school.”
Biathlon State Squad Selection
Year 10 student Jessie Dawson has been invited to join the NSW/ACT & Victorian Biathlon State Squad, after taking up the sport in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Jessie started biathlon training in the July school holidays last year when the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of moguls training, allowing her time to join some biathlon camps. While her focus remains on moguls, Jessie successfully competed in time trials and roller-ski events this year to meet the 2021-22 Biathlon East Australia (BEA) selection criteria for the NSW/ACT and Victorian State Squad.
Jessie also has her firearms licence and practises biathlon training year-round with target shooting and roller ski training.
NSW/ACT State XC Ski Team Announced
Congratulations to SMGS students Gabi Forman, Lottie Walker-Broose and Alexi Cross, who have recently been named in the 2022 NSW/ACT XC Team. These students were selected following their results from the NSW Long Distance Championships and ACT Sprint Championships. For Gabi and Alexi, this fantastic result comes after their first year of racing.
The students will continue their rigorous dry land training program through the summer months before hopefully gearing up for a busy 2022 racing season.
Snow Australia announces 2021 Emerging Talent Athlete (ETP) Awards as part of Community Sport Award celebrations
Congratulations to three SMGS student-athletes who have been selected as ETP awardees.
Joey Steggall – Alpine
Zana Evans – Cross Country
Angus Falconer – Freeski
SMGS has a number of students who were named to the Emerging Talent Athlete Program this year, they are:
Piper Harding – Park and Pipe FreeSki
Beau Caddy-Gammell – Park and Pipe FreeSki
Bella Caddy-Gammell – Park and Pipe Snowboard
Joey Steggall – Alpine
Letitia Murphy – Alpine
Lottie Lodge – Moguls