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Online Entries to open late May

Online entries for the Regional Interschools Championships will be opening as soon as we finish making some refinements to our online entry system. As soon as entries open, we will send out a newsletter to advertise entries are open and instructions on how to complete your entries.

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Online entries will be open till June 27. 

Multiclass event information for all schools

The Multiclass event hosted at the NSW State Interschools Championships is an opportunity for students from any school in NSW/ACT/QLD with a physical or intellectual impairment to participate in a fun and welcoming environment. Please click here for more information on the Multiclass program.

In 2018 for the first time NSW, ACT, QLD and Victorian Interschools Multiclass participants will qualify to attend the National Interschools at Perisher on Saturday the 8th of September.

Finding The Line

Former Interschools Snowsports competitors and sisters Anna and Nat Segal are proud to present their first self produced documentary. Finding the Line  explores fear, its paralysing grip and its role in our decision-making through the eyes of two sisters as they travel the world looking for big mountains and new challenges that push them to their physical and emotional limits. 

National Screenings 

  • May 29th - Melbourne - Astor Theatre, St Kilda -   Tickets 
  • May 30th - Canberra - Greater Union, Manuka -   Tickets 
  • May 31st - Sydney - Ritz Cinema, Randwick -   Tickets 
  • June 1st - Melbourne - Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn -   Tickets 

Tickets are on sale now (AU$18 - $25).The film screens for an hour with a Q&A with Anna and Nat after the film hosted by “MissSnowItAll” Rachael Oakes-Ash

See film trailer 

www.findingthelinefilm.com

 

2018 Rules of Racing

The Interschools Rules of Racing have been updated for the 2018 season. The changes are highlighted in blue bold print.  Please familiarise yourself with the Rules of Racing before your competition.

2018 Interschools Rules of Racing

Here is a list of Rule Changes for 2018:

  • 1.8 - Entry fees increased from $45 per event, per competitor to $47. $30 registration fee remains the same.  For individuals that do not compete at the Regional level and join for the first time at the NSW State Champs (XC or Slopestyle events) the school will be invoiced their registration fees.
  • 1.4 - All volunteers must be 19 years or older and cannot be enrolled at school (High School, College)
  • 1.10 - If payment for entry fees is not received by NSW Interschools prior to bib collection, a purchase order from the school must be provided.
  • 1.14 -  School students from all ability levels are encouraged to enter, with an emphasis on fun and participation in the initial Regional Championships.  As the competitions move into the NSW State and Australian event, the level of competition and the degree of difficulty increases.  It is advised that all competitors must be able to execute linked turns and ride a chairlift/T-bar confidently, prior to competing in Regional Level events.
  • 2.13 – Concussion must be taken seriously to safeguard the long-term welfare of all competitors.  All cases of concussion must be reported to the NSW & ACT Interschools Committee immediately.  Competitors suspected of concussion must be removed from snow and may not resume competition on the same day.  Any competitor suspected of concussion must be thoroughly assessed and monitored by a healthcare professional.  Competitors with concussion must progress through a Graded Return to Sports (GRTS) protocol.  Competitors must receive medical clearance before returning to sport.  For further information, please refer to the Ski & Snowboard Australia concussion Policy and Guidelines. https://www.skiandsnowboard.org.au/resources/concussion-guidelines/
  • 5.12 – No race bibs are to be discarded on course or on the mountain.  If race bibs are found, they can be identified, and those competitors will be asked to donate $50 to the Kosciuszko National Parks & Wildlife Service.
  • 7.14 – From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top fifteen individual competitors from Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the Australian Interschools Championships.  There are no team invites.  For State Slopestyle competitors a minimum acceptable score (for National Championship progression) will be determined by the Interschools Committee following completion of each event, and before invitations are extended to the National level of competition.  Historically this has been a score which is a minimum 45% of the total attainable score (45/100) and is often as high as 55% of the total attainable score (55/100).  The minimum progression score determined by the Interschools Committee reflects the Championship Division level (competitor age), the course conditions, and the skill-level and quality of the athlete field. No National Championship points will be awarded to Slopestyle event results and only individual medals will be awarded at the National Event.
  • 8.2 – Volunteers who fail to check in at the event registration desk or fail to report to the top of the course after checking into the registration desk, the school will be penalised $110 per official.
  • 8.11 – Interschools requests that Gate judges are not accompanied by smaller children whilst on course.

 

  • All competitors must wear an approved snowsports helmet.  Other protective wear is recommended but is not compulsory.
  • Alpine Race Suits are permitted in Divisions 1 – 5 only.  No Race Suits are permitted in Division 6
  • Competitors must wear either a snowsports jacket and pants, or soft-shell jacket and pants, unless competitors are wearing a race suit, when competing in their timed runs.  Outerwear such as hoodies, long sleeve shirts, school jerseys and track-suit pants will not be permitted on-course when competing and/or training. This rule is being introduced for course and competitor safety reasons, and is in-line with NSW Department of Education school snowsports clothing guidelines.  Failure to wear the correct and approved race clothing will lead to removal from the event and the event result.

Risk Management

The Risk Assessments for our events have been updated on the website, Click Here to view the Assessments and the NSW Interschoools Risk Management Policy.

Interschools Handbook 2018

The Interschools Handbook has been updated for 2018. The handbook includes helpful information on what to expect at Interschools events, and information for school coordinators, volunteers, team managers and parents. 

There are some important updates that we would like to highlight for 2018:

  • Race entry fees are $47 per race, per competitor at each Championships. The annual once-only registration fee remains at $30 per participant and is invoiced and paid at the Regional Championships. For individuals that compete for the first time in the season at the NSW State Championships (in cross country, slopestyle for example), the school will be invoiced for their registration fees after the event.

  • Volunteer Course Officials must be 19 years or older. Birth dates are now verified on the volunteer waiver form. 

2018 Amelia McGuiness Events

THE AMELIA MCGUINESS EVENTS - 2018

  • Amelia McGuiness NSW Freestyle Junior Series Thredbo – Moguls – Sunday 29th of July
  • Amelia McGuiness XC Sprints– Sunday 19th of August
  • The Amelia McGuiness Alpine & Snowboard GS Time Trial – Monday 20th of August

ABOUT

The Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) was established in memory of Amelia McGuiness who tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009.

All monies raised are distributed to our emerging athletes via the Amelia McGuiness Scholarship, which opens in early October each year. This scholarship is dedicated to providing practical support (for equipment, training, and resources), to up-and-coming winter snowsports athletes from the age of 10 to 18 years old, across all disciplines including disabled snowsports. The foundation has distributed $181 960 in funds to emerging athletes since 2010.

These events are the perfect opportunity to practice for your Alpine, Snowboard GS, Moguls, and XC events before the NSW State Interschools Championships.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Online registrations for the Amelia McGuiness Events are now via the Interschools Online Entry System under the Amelia McGuiness Events.

Schools Coordinators will be required to enter participants for both events, and will be responsible for looking after the schools tax invoice.

Amelia McGuiness NSW Junior Series (Thredbo Only) will be open early May, with the regional events, and close Thursday 26th July.

The Amelia McGuiness XC Sprints and Time Trial Online Entry will open Monday 30th of July and close Monday 13th of August. Late entries will be taken on the day of the event.

Your School Coordinator can enter HERE

 

AMELIA MCGUINESS NSW FREESTYLE JUNIOR SERIES - Moguls

EVENT DETAILS

Amelia McGuiness NSW Junior Series is an individual event only. This event is part of the NSW Junior Series which is held in Thredbo and Perisher each year. The event provides a great training opportunity for skiers who would like to improve their Interschools mogul skiing, while supporting our emerging athletes.  The course is slightly more difficult than a standard Interschools course and is built with two jumps.  On-course coaching will be available on the day for any participant who pre-registers.  The event is open to anyone who has confidently competed at an Interschools mogul event previously.

Resort: Thredbo
Date: Sunday 29th of July 2018
Course: To Be Confirmed
Race Times: To Be Confirmed
Cost: $58 per entry

Payment & Waivers Due: Friday 27th of July 2018 via the Online Entry Tax Invoice.
Discipline: Moguls
Entries: Now Open - Via the NSW Interschools Online Entry System. School Coordinators will be responsible for entering competitors and payments. Entries may be limited, so enter early!

!! Please note: This is an individual event only. Schools will submit entries as teams, but participants will be competing as individuals on the day.
Entries Close: Thursday 26th July 2018
Bib Collection: Bib Collection will be on the morning of the event. Times to be confirmed.
Presentations: TBC
Results: Results will be available on the NSW Interschools website after the event.
Helmets: Helmet use is mandatory for all participants (including adults) whilst on course for inspection and competition. Any participants who arrive at the top of course without a helmet will not be allowed to participate
Tickets: Participants must have a valid Lift Ticket for the day of the event. No discount tickets will be available.

Contact: Daniel Bosco: freestyle@nswsnowsports.com.au

 

AMELIA MCGUINESS ALPINE & SNOWBOARD GS TIME TRIAL

Schools can enter teams as well as individuals. Results will be posted online, there will be no presentations or medals. This fundraising event will only be open for school-aged participants, and will no longer have an open category. The Amelia McGuiness Time Trial will be only open to 250 competitors.

EVENT DETAILS

Resort: Thredbo
Date: Monday 20 August 2018
Course: To Be Confirmed
Race Times: To Be Confirmed
Cost: $40 per entry per discipline – 2 timed runs

Payment & Waivers Due: Monday 13th of August 2018 via the Online Entry Tax Invoice.
Disciplines: Alpine Div 6 to Div 1 & SBGS Div 5 to Div 1
Entries Open: Entries open Monday 30th of July 2018 via the NSW Interschools Online Entry System. School Coordinators will be responsible for entering competitors and payments.
Entries Close: Monday 13 August 2017. Depending on numbers, late entries or on-the-day registrations will be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times unless the 250 competitor quoter is filled. *Only open to the first 250 competitors
Bib Collection: Bib Collection will be on the morning of the event. Times to be confirmed.
Presentations: There will be no presentations for the Amelia McGuiness Time Trial. This is a fundraising event. Results will be available online.
Results: Results will be available on the NSW Interschools website after the event.
Certificates: Participation certificates will be available to download closer to the event.
Helmets: Helmet use is mandatory for all participants (including adults) whilst on course for inspection and competition. Any participants who arrive at the top of course without a helmet will not be allowed to participate
Tickets: Participants must have a valid Lift Ticket for the day of the event. No discount tickets will be available.

Contact: Rebecca Clark 040 800 6415

 

AMELIA MCGUINESS CROSS COUNTRY SPRINTS

Amelia McGuiness NSW XC Sprints is an individual Junior event only. The Amelia XC Sprints are a chance to gain valuable XC event experience under race conditions before the Interschools competitions, while raising funds to support our emerging athletes.

Individual XC Time Trials will be followed by Team Sprints (teams assembled by event organisers).
Bring your skate skis or your classics – whatever you will have the most fun on!

Location: The Nordic Shelter, Perisher XC Centre -15 Candleheath Road, Perisher Valley, NSW 2624
Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
Course: Perisher XC Trails (on the proposed Interschools course)
Race Times: 11:00am – Time Trial with the Team Sprints to follow.
Cost: $30

Payment & Waivers Due: Monday 13th of August 2018 via the Online Entry Tax Invoice.
Discipline: Cross Country Skiing
Entries: Entries open Monday 30th of July 2018 via the NSW Interschools Online Entry System. School Coordinators will be responsible for entering competitors and payments. Individual entries (independent of school Interschools teams) and Late entries or on-the-day registrations will be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times.

!! Please note: This is an individual event only. Schools will submit entries as teams, but participants will be competing as individuals on the day.
Entries Close: Monday 13 August 2017 - Late entries or on-the-day registrations will be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times.

Bib Collection: From 9am on the day
Presentations: Presentations will be held at the Nordic Shelter immediately after the Team Sprints.

NOTE – Presentations are informal. This is a fun event that focuses on participation and gaining experience.

Results: Results will be available on the NSW Interschools website after the event.

Contact: Leslie Ludwig - nswxc1@gmail.com

 

AMASDF Scholarships Holders reach their Olympic Dream!

The Amelia McGuiness Foundation would like to congratulate and wish all the best to the 2018 Australian Olympic Team. We are proud to have supported nine athletes nominated to the team, and would like to thank the Snowsports Community and our wonderful Resorts for their continued support since 2010.

The Australian Olympic Team AMASDF Scholarship Holders include:

  • Jakara Anthony (Moguls) – 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013
  • Belle Brockhoff (SBX) – 2010 / 2011
  • Rohan Chapman-Davies (Moguls) – 2010
  • Britt Cox (Moguls) – 2010 / 2011
  • Matt Graham (Moguls) – 2010 / 2011 / 2012
  • Claudia Gueli (Moguls) – 2013
  • Jarryd Hughes (SBX) – 2011
  • Adam Lambert (SBX) – 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 /2016
  • Greta Small (Alpine) – 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013

In the 8 years since the Foundation was established, in honour of Amelia McGuiness, a gifted and talented athlete and student, the committee has awarded $181 960 in Snowsports Scholarships. It is great to see how our community supporting such a small event, can assist so many athletes reaching their goals.

Please help us to continue to support our emerging athletes and participate in one of the Amelia Events during the season. You can also support the foundation by making a taxable donation to the Australian Sports Foundation

All monies raised are distributed to our emerging athletes via the Amelia McGuiness Scholarship, which opens in early October each year. Thanks again for your continued support.

New Event: Amelia McGuiness NSW Junior Series Thredbo – Moguls – Sunday 29th of July

The AMASDF Committee and NSW Freestyle are excited to announce that the NSW Junior Series (Thredbo event only) will become a fundraiser for the Amelia McGuiness Foundation.  This event is part of the NSW Junior Series which is held in Thredbo and Perisher each year.

Amelia McGuiness NSW Junior Series is an individual event only. The event provides a great training opportunity for skiers who would like to improve their Interschools mogul skiing, while supporting our emerging athletes.  The course is slightly more difficult than a standard Interschools course and is built with two jumps.  On-course coaching will be available on the day for any participant who pre-registers.  The event is open to anyone who has confidently competed at an Interschools mogul event previously.

All entry fees will be contributed to the AMASDF Foundation and will be distributed to the selected AMASDF Scholarship Holders. The AMASDF Scholarship will open in early October.

The AMASDF Committee would like to thank NSW Freestyle and Thredbo for their continued support.

For more information about the event, click here.

Alternatively, you can support AMASDF by making a taxable donation to the Australian Sports Foundation

2017 Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation Scholarships

The Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) is recognised and commended throughout the snowsports community for its contribution and support of up-and-coming athletes. In the 8 years since the Foundation was established, in honour of Amelia McGuiness, a gifted and talented athlete and student, the committee has awarded $181 960 in Snowsports Scholarships. This has been achieved by the ongoing support of individuals and the business community.

Our committee is dedicated to identifying athletes that have the required attributes to make it as an elite athlete in this highly competitive sport. These decisions are often made with the advice and support of NSW Snowsports Discipline Committees, Head Coaches, and Olympians. These groups have firsthand experience and understanding of the determination, dedication, and sacrifices required for a snowsports athlete travelling the pathway towards representing Australia.

In our eight year of operation, the AMASDF received 40 applications requesting assistance from young athletes from NSW and ACT.

In determining the grant recipients for 2017, the committee reflected upon the individual’s performance levels; the potential for achievement over the next 12 months; and the quality of the application. We identified the athletes deserving our assistance with their record of achievement, dedication to their chosen discipline, and commitment to their overall development.

Overall, the AMASDF have allocated $3,600 to 10 Alpine and Para-athletes; $1,900 to 7 Snowboard athletes; $1,050 to 2 Freestyle athletes, and $1,700 to 3 Cross-Country athletes. In total, AMASDF awarded $8,250.00 to 23 athletes.

The AMASDF would like to thank all those who participated in the Amelia Events, donated to the foundation, and volunteered.

The 2017 Scholarship Holders are:

Ethan Topalovic / Danielle Butt / Flynn Doolan / Sienna Doolan / Hannah Hall / Brayden Jelley / Tina Taylor / Max Vardy / Chelsee Kelley / Bentley Walker-Broose / Emily Champion / Hugh Hinckfuss / Tayisha Smith / Theo Coates / Finn Sadler / Sammie Gaul / Letitia Murphy / Joey Steggall / Duncan Cowan / Zara Gardiner / Millie Rundle / Antonia Murphy / Benjamin Wynn

14 former Interschools athletes to compete

We congratulate and wish all the best to our 14 former Interschools athletes, as well as all the members of the Australian Olympic Team.

  • Callum Watson (Snowy Mountains Grammar, Cross Country)
  • Aimee Watson (Snowy Mountains Grammar, Cross Country)
  • Rohan Chapman-Davies (Black & Gold, Moguls)
  • Matt Graham (Central Coast Grammar, Moguls)
  • Madii Himbury (Kincoppal Rose-Bay, Moguls)
  • Sami Kennedy-Sim (Snowy Mountains Grammar, Ski Cross)
  • Russ Henshaw (Snowy Mountains Grammar, Ski Slopestyle)
  • Emily Arthur (St John Bosco, Snowboard Halfpipe)
  • Holly Crawford (Redlands, Snowboard Halfpipe)
  • Nate Johnstone (Pittwater High School, Snowboard Halfpipe)
  • Jarryd Hughes (International Grammar School, Snowboard Cross)
  • Adam Lambert (Jindabyne Central School, Snowboard Cross)
  • James Matheson (The Scots College, Moguls)
  • Laura Peel (Narrabundah College ACT, Aerials)

Five of the former Interschools athletes will be making their Olympic debut at PyeongChang; Rohan Chapman-Davies, Madii Himbury, Emily Arthur, Adam Lambert and James Matheson. We can now boast that 40 former Interschools competitors turned into Olympians. 

You can follow their journey at Australian Olympic Team

 

Important Notice on 2018 Rules of Racing

Following a review of our Interschools Rules of Racing, in our upcoming 2018 events it will be compulsory for all competitors to wear either a snowsports jacket or soft shell jacket in all disciplines (except cross country), unless competitors are wearing a race suit in disciplines that allow race suits (Alpine Divisions 1-5 and Snowboard GS Divisions 1-5).

Outerwear such as hoodies, long sleeve shirts and school jerseys will not be permitted on-course when competing. As always, we encourage the wearing of school jerseys and school colours at the Presentation Award Ceremonies.

This rule is being introduced for course and competitor safety reasons, and is in-line with NSW Department of Education school snowsports clothing guidelines.

The full 2018 Rules of Racing will be available on the Interschool’s website in April.

2018 NSW/ACT/QLD Interschools Event Dates and Schedule

CLICK HERE for the 2018 Event Dates and Schedule

In 2018, the following events will be held:

  • Travelplan Ski Northern NSW & QLD Championships - July 10-14 @ Thredbo
  • Travelplan Ski Sydney Championships - July 17-21 @ Perisher
  • Subaru ACT-Southern NSW Championships - July 25-27 @ Perisher
  • Subaru NSW State Championships - August 21-26 @ Thredbo
  • Subaru Australian Championships - September 5-9 @ Perisher