Snow Australia places the safety, health and well-being of its competitors, volunteers, parents and school communities as our prime focus.
Together with our Resort partners, we are closely monitoring the daily directives from governments, and the recommendations and policies of school systems and health authorities with regard to Covid-19. In an environment of constant change, Snow Australia and the Resorts continue to make preparations for the 2020 winter season.
We still have a number of weeks to prepare and plan our events in this evolving environment. However, regular, clear and factual communication remains essential.
To assist school communities in particular, we will provide weekly updates through our Interschools e-News communiques. These will be targeted given that the timelines for the Northern (NSW, ACT & QLD) and Victorian series of events differ.
To assist Schools in their planning, Snow Australia is pleased to confirm that should any Interschools events not proceed, full refunds will be made on all event-related payments. Further details will be provided in coming days.
Regarding accommodation bookings, we are confident that all Resorts and accommodation providers will be announcing generous and flexible refund policies.
We thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. Our capacity and collective endeavour to welcome guests safely to the mountains in winter this year remains the positive objective.
In the meantime, lets #flattenthecurve to #protectOURseason
Snow Australia Interschools Team.
NSW/ACT/QLD Interschools regular updates
Updates to be provided weekly with formal announcement on or before the following dates:
- Tuesday 21st April: Formal announcement of either the guaranteed hosting OR the cancellation of the July School Holiday Interschools Events, the Northern NSW & QLD Interschools Event at Thredbo, and the Sydney Interschools Event at Perisher. This date is 66 days prior to the Friday 26th June, the commencement date of the Independent School Holiday break.
- Tuesday 12th May: : Formal announcement of either the guaranteed hosting OR the cancellation of the Southern NSW & ACT Interschools Event at Perisher. This date is 67 days prior to the Sunday of the Event week, Sunday 19th July.
- Tuesday 28th July: Formal announcement of either the guaranteed hosting OR the cancellation of the August NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Event at Thredbo.
- Tuesday 18th August: Formal announcement of either the guaranteed hosting OR the cancellation of the September AUSTRALIAN Interschools Event at Perisher.
Snow Australia is constantly monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is receiving regular updates from the AIS and the Sport’s Chief Medical Office (CMO) Dr Peter Braun who is taking advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Government.
Whilst the snow season is some months away, Snow Australia has scheduled a number of COVID-19 response meetings in Canberra / Melbourne / Sydney / and the Snowy Mountains over the coming weeks to discuss Interschools snow sport competitions at the regional, state and Nationals level. Our mitigation planning involves discussions with the various Interschools Committees, School representatives, host Resorts, Sponsors and Event Organisers. That planning will review participant well-being, scheduling options, communication strategies, operational implications and actions to maintain client/consumer confidence throughout the coming year.
We intend to provide updates to the community throughout the review process and as the situation evolves. It is a priority to provide as much clarity as possible so that athletes, parents and schools can plan confidently during these unprecedented times.
16 March 2020
In 2019, Interschools had almost a 10% growth in entries for the Northern NSW & QLD Champs, reaching 3,000 entries (from 2,720 in 2018). This is in comparison to the Sydney Championships, where there were 2,300 entries and little growth from the previous years. The Regional Championships will run efficiently and fairer if the entry numbers are similar between these Championships. Measures were taken to reduce the entries of the Northern NSW & QLD Championships, One measure was to move schools in the Sutherland and St George region in Sydney to permanently compete in the Sydney Championships. All schools from these areas that participated in 2019 were requested to move Championships in 2020 via their school coordinator.
New schools to Interschools in 2020 and the future that are in the Sutherland and St George region in Sydney will also need to compete in the Sydney Championships.
Interschools also requested a move to certain schools that are in the Sydney Entry Boundary but have been competing at the Northern NSW Championships.
The following are the region boundaries for the Regional Championships:
- Northern NSW & QLD Championships – Central Coast, Central West, Hills District, Hunter, New England, North Coast, Northern Beaches, Northern Suburbs, Upper North Shore, South-Western Sydney, Southern Highlands, Western Sydney, QLD
- Sydney Championships – Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Lower North Shore, Sutherland and St George Area.
- ACT-Southern NSW Championships – Riverina, Illawarra, South Coast, South East, Canberra
We also encourage new schools to contact Interschools to discuss and check which Regional Championships they should compete in.
All participants from a school must compete in the same Regional Championships.
International schools can compete, please get in touch with Interschools to declare your intention to compete.
CLICK HERE for the Calendar of Important Dates for the Interschools Championships The dates include the entry open and close dates, course officials training dates and coordinators meeting dates in Sydney and Canberra.
CLICK HERE for the 2020 Interschools Draft Schedule. The schedule outlines the days the disciplines and divisions will be held.
Please note that schedule is provisional and may change due to entry numbers, course and/or resort conditions.
Merchandise for the Interschools Championships is available to be purchase online. All the competitors names appear on the back of hoodies and tops.
- SSA Northern States Interschools Championships Merchandise
- Northern NSW & QLD Interschools Championships Merchandise
- Sydney Interschools Championships Merchandise
- ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships
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