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A Message to the Interschools Snowsports Community

In an exciting development and time for our sport, November 1st 2018, marks the date when NSW Snowsports and SnowSports ACT ceased to operate and be managed separately. We have unified with Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) and are now operating as ‘SSA Northern’.

SSA Northern incorporates existing Northern (NSW, ACT, QLD) operational activities, including the NSW, ACT and QLD Interschools Championships, and there will be new developments and opportunities that will flow from this new direction.

The draft schedule is now available for the 2019 NSW, ACT, QLD Interschools Championships. You will notice on the schedule are few changes and initiatives:

New name and new participants - The 2019 SSA Northern States Interschools Snowsports Championships August 20-25 at Perisher will invite ACT and QLD schools to participate in a bigger State event with the NSW schools. The same qualification rules will apply to NSW schools to qualify into this event. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019. In its initial year and given the late notification of the new event, ACT and QLD schools will receive a SSA Northern States Invite as well as National Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events or just the National event. Detailed information on qualifications for event progression for all states is provided further below.

Following the success of the 2018 National Race Schedule where most Primary Events were conducted over the first 2-3 days and most Secondary Events were conducted over the last 2-3 days, with the Cross Country Events on the middle day, we have moved to do the same at the 2019 SSA Northern States Event. We have also made a purposeful decision to avoid any future event clashes on the Cross Country Event Day, at the request of both the larger schools and the Cross Country Community, in an endeavour to maximise Cross Country participant levels.

The 2019 Subaru Australian Interschools Championships are now confirmed to be held in Mt Buller September 4-8. A draft event schedule will be published soon.

The National Interschools Committee (NIC) and National Participation Committee (NPC) continues National Rules Discussions. Through on-going small group discussions held during 2018, it has become apparent that significant research and evidence is required to facilitate agreement and change of rules which have existed for over 30 years. It is also evident that any change to the National Rules would have a flow-on effect to respective State Rules. The feed-back from school coordinators throughout our small group discussions indicates a very strong desire to be a part of that rules discussion, and there will be an opportunity for further school coordinator involvement in 2019. More information on this will be published by the end of the month.

At the same time, we are moving to develop additional result generation capabilities that would enable us to produce multiple (2019) event results based on different rules, for cross-comparative purposes that would better evidence the direction for change.

 

2019 NSW, ACT, QLD Rules of Qualification for State and National Events

NSW Schools

From the NSW Regional Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the top five NSW placed teams and the top ten individual NSW competitors from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines, and Division 6 in Alpine and Ski Cross, will be eligible to race in the NSW State Championships (subject always to the discretion of the organising State Committee).

From the SSA Northern States Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the top six NSW placed teams and the top fifteen individual NSW competitors from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines (other than in Slopestyle, see slopestyle qualification below), and Division 6 in Alpine and Ski Cross will be eligible to race in the Australian Interschools Championships (subject to the discretion of the Australian Interschools Committee).

 

ACT Schools

From the ACT-Southern NSW Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT individual competitors that place in the overall top fifteen individuals, from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines, and Division 6 in Alpine and Ski Cross, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships (subject to the discretion of the Australian Interschools Committee).

 

QLD Schools

From the Northern NSW & QLD Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, QLD teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with QLD individual competitors that place in the overall top fifteen individuals, from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines, and Division 6 in Alpine and Ski Cross, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships (subject to the discretion of the Australian Interschools Committee).

 

Slopestyle Qualification

From the SSA Northern States 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. 

Could you use unused Interschools Race Bibs?

NSW Interschools has stacks of unused race bibs that we would like to pass on to anyone who may be able to use them for school sport or other activities. They come in 8 colours as pictured above. They are mostly single numbers but we do have a run of numbers in numerical order in most colours of either 20-40 numbers.

If you are interested in any number of race bibs, please get in touch at info@nswinterschools.com.au