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Ski & Snowboard Australia - School Award Applications now open

There are two award categories at the Annual Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards that are open to schools nominating; Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools and School of the Year

From this year, the nomination criteria has an emphasis on growth of a schools program. Schools that are able to show growth in their snowsports program, will be looked upon favourably. 


Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools

An award to highlight a single outstanding or unique schools snowsports activity program. Applicants are encouraged to provide evidence of any singular school snowsports program that develops and grows junior snowsports athlete participation at the school level

Small Schools are classified by:

  • Secondary Schools who have entered 24 or less competitors

  • Primary Schools who have entered 9 or less competitors


School of the Year

An award to highlight the contribution of a School Snowsports Program. Applicants are encouraged to provide information about their School based on the following criteria:

  • Growth and participation levels having regard to the overall size of the school.

  • Athlete participation & performance from school through to elite level – support for SSA programmes,

    events and activities – contribution to the pathway of an elite performance.

  • Athlete education, including safety, fitness, skills and dry-land training activities.

  • Variety of discipline exposure offered by the school club to snowsports athletes – evidence of introducing

    new participants to snowsports.

  • Recognition of snowsports and athletes by the School and Club.

  • Regards will be given to the improvement by the school and club across the above criteria from the previous year.


Application Forms


Nominations are to be judged by State Interschools Committees, with state winners put forward to Ski and Snowboard Australia for final judging and ratification. The Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards will be held on Thursday May 3 in Melbourne. 

Previous National Award winners are excluded from applying for a period of 2 years after winning the award (this has previously been 3 years).

2016 Winners

  • School of the Year - Snowy Mountains Grammar and St Catherines (Vic)
  • Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools - Rossbourne School (Vic)

2015 Winners

  • School of the Year - Jindabyne Central School
  • Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools - Wenona

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.

Book Little Shredders for your School in 2018

Little Shredders is a Sporting Schools Program for primary schools and is an innovative and fun off-snow program that teaches children the fundamental skills of skiing and snowboarding from the convenience of the school yard, or gymnasium over 4 lessons.

SnowSports ACT can provide schools with free of charge program equipment and coaches at a subsidised rate. Please contact SnowSports ACT for a coaching quote. 

Winter Sports will be on the mind of every Australian primary school student in Term 1, 2018 with Australian snowsports athletes set to do well at 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang in February.

Little Shredders is the perfect program for schools to run during Term 1 to create awareness of snowsports both during and following the Winter Olympics. The program can also be run in school terms 2 and 3. 

Every participant who completes the program receives a Golden Ticket that entitles them to a free of charge 2 day lift, lesson and equipment hire at the resort of your choice.  

For more information on Little Shredders, visit

To book equipment and coaching at your school contact Wendy on 0422 240 483 and

2018 Interschools Dates

The confirmed Interschools dates for 2018 are:

  • ACT/ Southern NSW Interschools Championships – Perisher - Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th July
  • ACT Citizens Race - Perisher - Sunday 12th August
  • NSW/ACT/QLD Cross Country Interschools Championships - Perisher - Wednesday 22nd August
  • NSW/ACT/QLD Slopestyle Interschools Championships - Thredbo - Wednesday 22nd August
  • ACT Schools Cup - Perisher - Sunday 2nd September
  • Australian Interschools Championships - Perisher - Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th September

CLICK HERE for the Draft Event Schedule outling the days the disciplines are on for the ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships.