If you’ve been following Ski and Snowboard Australia over the northern hemisphere winter, then you would also know that our Australian athletes are throwing down some incredible results on the World Cup and FIS circuits across all disciplines.
Snowy Mountains Grammar School students are also seeing some fantastic results overseas!
Year 11 student Antonia Murphy is competing for the second year for the Aspen Valley Ski Club (AVSC). In just her first year of FIS racing, where the level of competition steps up substantially, Antonia’s hard work in the off-season is starting to pay off.
Over the holiday period, Antonia, along with SMGS Term 3 Snowsports teammate Finn Sadler, competed in the Wilder Dwight Memorial Speed Series at Aspen Highlands that included two FIS Downhills and two FIS Super-G races. The races, part of the Sync USSA Colorado Ski Cup, are a qualifying competition for skiers from the Rocky Mountain and Central divisions for the USSA Junior Championships.
Of her experience racing in North America this year, Antonia said, “I’ve loved my second season with Aspen Valley Ski Club. I was really happy with my result in the Super G held at Highlands and I’m looking forward to racing Slalom at Spirit Mountain in Minnesota this coming weekend and at Lutsen Mountains the following weekend.”
SMGS alumni continue to impress on the World Cup. SMGS ESA program mentor, Sami Kennedy-Sim, had a stellar start to the Ski Cross World Cup season, garnering an incredible 4th place in Arosa, Switzerland, and 11th in Watles, Italy.
In Snowboard Cross, Adam Dickson (2013 SMGS alumnus) has been gaining some valuable experience in the World Cup amongst a hotly contested SBX field. Meanwhile, Karel Van Goor (2013 SMGS alumnus) continues to go from strength to strength racing for the Netherlands.
Matt Thomas (2013 SMGS alumnus) has been consistently qualifying for the SBX heats on the World Cup circuit. He raced his way to a solid 22nd at the recent Solitude Mountain Resort World Cup in the USA. Of his great start to the season, Matt said, “For the first world cup race I was a bit rusty starting off. Going home over the Christmas/New Year’s break and re-connecting with family and friends, and then coming back for the first 2017 World Cup in the States, I had new tactics and approaches in place which paid off for me in qualifying (13th), then leading the second heat in the quarter-finals. If it wasn’t for a couple of mistakes, who knows where I could have ended up results-wise on the day!”
SMGS ESA mentor and 2014 Olympian, Freestyle skier Nicole Parks has continued to perform well on the FIS World Cup. She has started 2017 with a 24th place in the Lake Placid, USA WC and 30th at the Val Saint-Côme WC.
On the FIS Cross-Country Skiing circuit, Callum Watson (2007 SMGS alumnus ) has continued to build his fitness after a major crash last season. When reflecting on his season to date, Callum said, “Preparation for this World Cup season went perfectly, with 6 months of effective training in Sweden with my coach. There were a couple of setbacks in the early season races; however, my most recent results were a big step forward for me by achieving a new personal best by a long way. I look forward to seeing what results I can achieve in the main part of the season as I push towards my goals for the Lahti 2017 World Championships and Olympic qualification.”
On the international results of SMGS current students and alumni, Tim Bland, Head of Sport, said, “At Snowy Mountains Grammar School it is always pleasing to see our current and past students doing so well. I enjoy seeing students who are competing at the elite level, such as the World Cup stage, as they are able to provide a strong role model for our students and the local community.”
We are looking forward to following our current students and alumnus as they chase the snow in pursuit of snowsport success.
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