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The Interschools Rules of Racing have been updated for the 2018 season. The changes are highlighted in blue bold print.
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.
Please familiarise yourself with the Rules of Racing before your competition.
The Annual Australian Ski & Snowboard Awards (SSA) were held last night in Melbourne. The awards celebrated the best achievements of our Australian snowsports athletes and coaches from juniors through to seniors. Along with the athlete and coach awards, where former Interschools athletes Matt Graham (Central Coast Grammar) and Jarryd Hughes (International Grammar, Redlands, The Scots College) jointly won 'Athlete of the Year', there were two school awards. Snowsports School of the Year went to Canberra Grammar Junior and Outstanding Achievement for a Small School went to Tara Anglican School for Girls.
SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Canberra Grammar Junior School
This year the focus of the snowsports school of the year award changed to how schools increased their participation between 2016 and 2017. CGS had an entry increase of 40% at the Southern NSW/ACT Interschools Championships in 2017, with female entries increasing by 146%. School representation at the Australian Interschool Championships in 2017 by 24%.
CGS are committed to introducing new participants to snowsports. This includes running Little Shredders for younger children in Kindergarten to Year 2. Families are then invited to the school snowpsorts introduction night.
The CGS Parents and Friends (CGS P&F) Snowsports Network supports families that are new to snowsports and assist their children to participate in snowsports for recreational and competitive activities.
A Snowfit dry training program is offered in the off season in preparation for the winter competition. Several CGS students participate in the ACTXC Program including roller skiing and dryland training.
Participation in all Interschools disciplines is encouraged with many students competing in multi-disciplines in Interschools and club races when the schedules allow.
Special mention should also go to the finalists of this award; The Kings School and The Scots College. All three schools submitted exceptional applications on how they are increasing participation in their school.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT FOR A SMALL SCHOOL
Winner: Tara Anglican School for Girls
2017 saw one of the most exciting and successful years for the school, which saw the launch of the TARA Development Squad (turning beginner skiers into 2018 racers) with start up participation numbers of 20 girls, along with great performances at the Interschools Championships.
Teams from both the junior and senior school were successful in reaching the National titles at Mt Buller. The school sent a team of just 6 girls to the Nationals, 5 of those girls came home with medals, including 3 individual medals.
CLICK HERE for a full list of award winners and athlete and coach biographies.
Would you like to nominate your school for a 2018 Ski & Snowboard Australia School Award? Schools must demonstrate how they are increasing particiaption in their school. Nominations will open early 2019. Previous National winners are exempted from submitting a nomination for 2 years following their win.
David Morris, three time winter Olympian, is visiting Canberra in May for a series of school and community presentations. All are welcome to attend the community sessions on May 15 & 16. Details are below and bookings are essential. David will share his positive messages of dedication, hard work, and resilience with representing Australia on the world stage.
David to speak at the AIS May 16: Open to everyone, this community session will be held in the Charlesworth Theatrette at the AIS at 5.00pm on May 16. There is a Gold Coin entry on the day per person but you must book your seat. Book Now
An evening with David Morris May 15: This is an adults only evening at the Canberra Girls Grammar Rowing Shed in Yarralumla. Drinks and canapés on the balcony will be followed by David’s presentation and a meet and greet. Please RSVP online by Wednesday, 9 May HERE. Tickets are $25 per person.
The community sessions are supported by Milestone Lending Solutions. There will be a range of lucky door giveaways from Straight Line, Thredbo, Perisher and Warren Miller Films.
Speaker – David Morris
David Morris made history at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games when he became Australia’s first male to win an Olympic aerials medal. Having made the four-man ‘Super Final’, Morris landed his quad twisting somersault to score 110.41 and take home the silver medal behind Anton Kushnir from Belarus.
Following Sochi, Morris took a year off from the sport – however, he soon decided to return for his third Olympic Games, this time at PyeongChang 2018.
At the 2018 Games, Morris finished 10th in the men’s aerials which saw the 33- year-old narrowly miss out on progressing to the second round.
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.
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 ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships. For individuals that compete for the first time in the season at the NSW State Championships (in cross country or slopestyle), 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.
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.
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.