Snow Australia Interschools acknowledge the Statement released by Thredbo on May 28 outlining the Resort’s operational priorities with a view to commencing the season during this unprecedented period of challenge.
Thredbo aims to open on June 22 under a revised operating model that includes a cap of maximum day passes. Thredbo has also listed a number of activities and services that will not be available when the Resort initially opens. These include group lessons, seasonal programs, race training, and events that bring together large groups of people.
Given the uncertainty this places over Snow Australia Interschool events and following discussions with Thredbo, it has been decided that the August 2020 SUBARU NSW ACT QLD States Interschools Snowsports Championships will not proceed at Thredbo. This includes the August 2020 NSW ACT QLD State Cross Country Interschools Championship that was scheduled for the Perisher Trails. Please note that the State event will not be held in Perisher in August.
We await the announcement of Perisher’s Safe Operating Plan, most likely next week, before making further decisions on our Interschool Snowsports events in 2020.
More information on the Thredbo Statement 28/05/20 is available here - https://www.thredbo.com.au/about-thredbo/covid-19-update/
Australian skiers and snowboarders are repurposing their snow goggles to help frontline workers in developing countries during the coronavirus crisis.
Goggles For Docs Australia is the Australasian arm of the USA Goggles For Docs campaign that has donated over 44 000 goggles to health workers in over 550 hospitals and clinics in need of eye protection during the Covid-19 crisis.
Goggles for Docs Australia is lead by long time Sydney activist, Neen Weir, who is, herself, a passionate skier and Redlands ski mother.
“Where the number of Covid19 cases overwhelm a hospital system it is dire and doctors are often desperate for eye protection. ” said Neen Weir. “Gogglesfordocs is calling on Australians to help us get goggles into hands of those who need in and bridge a gap during a world scarcity.” “ We can make a difference one set of a used snow goggles at a time “
Safe Drop off boxes have been set up from Palm Beach to Jindabyne and from Torquay to Hawthorn. ( refer: gogglesfordocs.com.au website ) Snowboard brand, Burton Australia, have also matched the first 100 community donations one-for-one for with a new pair of Anon goggles. Shipments have been delivered to surgeons within Australia and now parcels have been shipped to Indonesia. Vetting is done via the US team and demand exceeds supply.
For further information please contact Neen Weir 0410 511 411
Insta : @gogglesfordocs_ausnz
Snow Australia Interschools continues to review the gradual easing of State-specific Covid-19 restrictions and a possible return to sport at a school/community/club level. What that means for our sport in particular and our winter season in general is still very much an open-ended question. We remain optimistic that there will be a snow season in some form, but there is little doubt that when it does eventuate, it will be unlike anything we have experienced before. We continue to work with our resorts, schools, and community to ensure we are prepared and open to all possibilities.
2020 Snow Season
While the easing of restrictions is an obvious positive step towards a snow season, there are clear challenges the industry has to address with State and Federal health authorities in order to gain the necessary approvals to opening resorts. Limitations on things like traditional staff accommodation arrangements, communal living and the absence of international staff will see resorts and programs limited in capacity to varying degrees. It will impact each resort differently and in turn impact the operation of programs and events. We will need to remain flexible and fluid in how we approach these aspects which directly impact our sport.
The NSW Resorts and Snowy Mountains Region have submitted their 2020 winter operations plan to the NSW Government and NSW Department of Health, and we await their decision on season 2020. We anticipate that the NSW Resorts will be in a position to clarify operational capacities by early June at the latest.
School, Club & Program COVID safe guidelines
In anticipation of the season, Snow Australia is working to develop a set of guidelines for school/clubs/programs in regard to COVID safe operations. This resource is being developed in alignment with the AIS Return to Sport protocols and in collaboration with the Sports Medical Officer, our own program staff and resort operators. It is designed to provide school/club/programs with a resource to develop their own COVID safe operational plans inside their specific resort environment. This resource will be completed in the coming weeks. It will require patience and at times will be frustrating as we work to implement evolving guidelines in a manner which is both safe and practical from a community perspective.
To return to sport more quickly, the AIS and Sport Australia encourages athletes and fans alike to download the #COVIDSafe app to help authorities find and contain any outbreaks, while keeping Australia safe.
Interschools Events Calendar
The uncertainty of the 2020 season format means that it is difficult to confirm our late July, August and September Interschools event calendar with any confidence at this point in time. Snow Australia Interschools is currently working with each resort to understand their capacity and appetite to host events should a winter season eventuate. This will ultimately come down to available resources, expertise and consideration of any restrictions that may be in place in terms of large gatherings and/or risk management requirements involving snow sports activities. Similar to Snow Australia program operations, Interschools event operations will be on a resort by resort and discipline by discipline basis. We are also in discussion with the NSW Department of School Education, as well as other school systems, on their phased approach to the re-introduction of sporting activities in alignment with relevant State Government guidelines.
Click Here for current NSW Department of Education Sport and Physical Activity Guidelines.
We anticipate that following the upcoming announcement on winter season 2020 from the NSW Government, the roadmap for Interschool Snowsports Events will be more easily charted, and we are prepared for all possibilities. We will host a webinar prior to the end of Term 2 to further update schools regarding Interschools events.
Qualification of Events
We acknowledge that many schools are interested to know what qualification rules will be in place for the State and/or National event due to the cancellation of the Northern NSW, QLD and Sydney Championships. We are exploring several scenarios based on what operational restrictions could look like but await further announcements from the NSW Government, health authorities and resorts.
Snow Australia is closely monitoring COVID-19 restrictions and as the season approaches, we will advise of any planned changes to the Interschool Snowsports events.
We continue to be hopeful that the Australian snow season will proceed in one form or another and wait for confirmation from the Governments, Health Authorities and Resorts on whether Interschools events will run.
What we do know is that if there is a snow season, it will be a very different one to what we are used to and we will need to be modify event formats and adhere to social distancing measures, public gathering guidelines and travel restrictions.
We are considering the opportunities this situation brings us to simplify and trial some alternative processes and rules intended to improve the event entry and participation experience for students, parents and school coordinators.
We are currently reviewing qualification rules for the late August SUBARU NSW, ACT, QLD State Championships and the early September SUBARU Australian Championships, and will announce these when finalised.
In other news, the Snow Australia Interschools staff are now working Monday - Thursday for the foreseeable future. The school coordinators meetings have been postponed to a later date in Term 2. These dates will be announced soon.
Snow Australia places the safety, health and well-being of its competitors, volunteers, parents and school communities as our prime focus. We recognise the pressures that schools are currently experiencing and supporting Principals, School Snowsports Coordinators, Staff and Students is our highest priority.
Following advice to Schools over the past 7-day period that cancels all Term 1 & 2 School Sporting Events from now through to July, all NSW Regional & QLD Interschools Events planned for the July School Holiday period (Saturday 4th July to Sunday 19th July 2020) in NSW Resorts, are now cancelled.
(There are currently no planned changes to the Victorian Interschools Events)
We thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. Our capacity and collective endeavour to eventually welcome guests safely to the mountains during the course of winter this year remains the positive objective.
An update on the impact of these latest changes along with a revised timeline for further decisions regarding Interschool events is detailed below.
In the meantime, lets #flattenthecurve to #protectOURseason
The Snow Australia Interschools Team.
Revised planning for NSW/ACT/QLD/AUS Interschool Events In NSW Resorts for 2020
Australia Interschools has cancelled all Interschools Events scheduled for the July School Holiday period (Saturday 4th July to Sunday 19th July 2020). This includes the Northern NSW + QLD Event at Thredbo, and the SYDNEY Event at Perisher.
As a result of this development, we provide the following.
- A provisional 2021 Events Calendar to provide clarity on the dates and locations for 2021 for schools, parents, and the Snowsports community to future-plan.
- The Cancellation Policies of our Resort Partners:
- The 2020 Events Status Document which will be updated regularly.
- An undertaking to review qualification and entry processes into the 2020 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschool Championships over the coming 10-day period, with a view to publish that by mid-April.
Snow Australia Interschools and Perisher continue to plan for the late July 2020 Southern NSW + ACT Interschools Championships.
- A formal announcement of either the hosting OR the cancellation of this late July event will occur during May, if not before.
Snow Australia Interschools and Thredbo continue to plan for the August 2020 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschool Championships.
- A formal announcement of either the hosting OR the cancellation of this August event will occur on or before the end of July.
- The qualification process to the NSW/ACT/QLD State Event, will be developed and published by mid-April.
Snow Australia Interschools and Perisher continue to plan for the September 2020 Snow Australia National Interschool Championships.
- A formal announcement of either the hosting OR the cancellation of this September event will occur on or before mid-August.
- Qualification to the AUSTRALIAN Event, IF ANY August State Event is not held, will be developed by the National Interschools Committee during July.
*Please note that all scheduling is provisional and dependant on event entries and operational conditions.
*Schedule adjustments may also be required as a result of changed operational landscapes.
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 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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