CLICK HERE for event information on the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships, September 4-8 at Mt Buller, including the schedule, lift ticket prices, entry fees, etc.
CLICK HERE for event information on the ACT Schools Cup, September 1 at Perisher.
CLICK HERE for event information on the Subaru SSA Northern States Interschools Snowsports Championships, August 20-25 at Perisher.
CLICK HERE for the ACT Invites for the Cross Country and Slopestyle from the SSA Northern States Interschools Championships
This is in addition to those already invited from the ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Championships.....
CLICK HERE for the ACT Invites to both the SSA Northern States Interschools Championships (August 20-25 in Perisher) and the Australian Interschools Championships (September 4-8 in Mt Buller).
The ACT Schools Cup is a friendly Interschools event for Canberra students only in Alpine and Snowboard GS.
Course: Front Valley. Alpine Dual Course
- Alpine Inspection - 9.00am - 9.15am, Alpine Race Start - 9.30am
- Snowboard Inspection - 10.30am - 10.45am, Snowbooard Race Start - 11.00am
- Presentation at 2.30pm, Perisher Manor Food Court.
Race Bib Collection and Volunteer Check In: 8.15am - 9.00am - Interschools Race Office in the Perisher Skitube Terminal.
Divisions: Participants will compete in their Interschools Division (Division 1 – Years 11 and 12, Division 2 – Years 9 and 10, Division 3 – Years 7 and 8, Division 4 – Years 5 and 6, Division 5 – Years 4 and below and Division 6 (Alpine Only) – Years Kindergarten to Year 2.
Results: Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female individuals in each division. A point score of the team results will be calculated to award the overall Male and Female, Secondary and Primary ACT School Cups.
Entry Fee: $47 per event. Payment is due August 28.
Ticketing: Volunteers are entitled to a free of charge ticket if they do not already have a season pass, which can be collected directly from the Interschools Race Office. Competitors (15 years and over) and Team Managers are entitled to a dscicounted lift tciket, which can be purchased on the day in the Perisher and Bullocks Flat Skitube Terminal.
Rules: The ACT Schools Cup follows the Interschools Rules of Racing.
Entries: Miust be completed by the school coordinator in the Interschools Online Entry System - Entries Close Friday August 23 at 10pm.
Event Queries: Conatct Wendy at email@example.com - 0422 240 483
Are you looking for a fun and friendly event to enter with your family, friend or school group? Then look no further than the ACT Citizens Challenge on Sunday August 18 on Mother in Law at Perisher. An Alpine and Snowboard GS event is on offer, suitable to all skill levels and open to all ages.
CLICK HERE to Enter. Spaces are limited so please book early to not be disappointed. You will need you SnowID login details to enter. Interschools competitors will have their SnowID already, which can be found here - https://www.snowracer.com.au/member-finder/
- Who: Anyone can enter
- Where: Mother-In-Law
- When: Sunday 18th August
- Course Inspection : 09:30am.
- Start Time: 10:00am (Ski) / 11:15am (Snowboard)
- Helmets: Helmets must be worn to compete.
- All Times and details to be confirmed one week prior to the event
- REGISTRATIONS CLOSE AUG 15
Come and join your club, friends and/or family for some fun, laughs and a little friendly competition!
- Amelia McGuiness XC Sprints, Perisher Trails – Sunday 18th August - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
- Amelia McGuiness Memorial Time Trials (Alpine GS, Ski Cross & Snowboard Cross), Perisher - Monday 19th August - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
- Amelia McGuiness Alpine ‘Masters & Apprentices’ Time Trial, Perisher – Monday 19th August - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - New in 2019! This event is for anyone outside of school age - the parents, teachers and former Interschools athletes!
ABOUT THE EVENTS
The Amelia McGuiness Events are a fundraiser for the Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) and are also an opportunity for participants to have practice events ahead of the SSA Northern States Interschools Championships
The AMASDF was established in memory of Amelia McGuiness who tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009. In August, several fundraising events are being held to support the foundation.
All monies raised are distributed to our emerging athletes via the Amelia McGuiness Scholarship Program, applications to open in mid-September each year. This scholarship is dedicated to providing practical support (for equipment, training and resources), for up-and-coming winter snowsports athletes from the age of 10 to 18 years old, across all disciplines including Para winter athletes. 2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of Amelia’s passing and since then, the foundation has distributed $194,860 in funds to emerging athletes.
Entry is by Individual entry through the SSA portal. Entries close August 12. Late entries may be taken on the day of the event, providing the maximum quota of participants has not been reached.
Online Entries are closed for the SSA Northern States Champs
Online Entries for the ACT Schools Cup are open and close August 23
Online Entries for the Australian Interschools Champs open August 26
We highly recommend that you use Google Chrome as your web browser when registering and completing your school entries. You may experience difficulties If you do not use Google Chrome as your web browser. Click Here to download Google Chrome for Free
For help completing your entries, please read the online entry guidelines within the Interschools Handbook.
Following the ban of High Fluoro wax in Cross Country skiing events in 2016, the National Interschools Committee (NIC) and subsequently the NSW / ACT / QLD (SSA Northern) Interschools Committee together with the Victorian Interschools Committee (VISC), have adopted a rule banning applying High Fluoro and Fluorocarbon wax additives to equipment during all ski and snowboard Interschools events and locations. This includes HF wax applications such as; Powders / Liquids / Blocks and Sprays which are not to be used on the day of the race.
The contributing factors to this rule coming into place are:
Recommendation from the Ski and Snowboard Australia National Discipline Committees on:
- National focus shifting to skill development achievements and not competition results at early stages of athlete development.
- Reducing the cost to families of participating in snow sports in early years.
- Desire to create a more even playing field in an entry level event such as Interschools.
- North American and European countries shift away from High Fluoro wax at Junior levels.
- Minimise the possible environmental and health impact of using High Fluoro wax.
Maintaining equipment by brushing and tuning edges is still an acceptable practice during Interschool events and locations.
Whilst the rule will be based on an honour system and peer group review, event organisers reserve the right to inspect or test waxing practices in the interest of fairness.
The National & State Interschools Committees have every confidence that participating schools and competitors will respect this new rule.
The Interschools Rules of Racing have been updated for the 2019 season. The changes are highlighted in blue bold print. Please familiarise yourself with the Rules of Racing before your competition.
Here is a list of the major Rule Changes for 2019 (changes in bold):
1.16 - In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events. 1.16 In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events.
4.4 - If a competitor loses one or both of their skis, and/or comes to a complete stop, they must pull off to the side of the course and not complete the rest of their run. They will record a DNF for that run.
4.5 - If a competitor misses a gate but does not come to a complete stop, they can ski/snowboard back to the missed gate and both boots must cross the imaginary line to record a time for the run.
7.1 - From the NSW Regional Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the top five NSW placed teams and the top fifteen individual NSW competitors from Divisions and disciplines will be eligible to race in the SSA Northern States Championships (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).
7.5 - 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 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).
7.6 - From the SSA Northern States Cross Country Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT, QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top fifteen individuals, from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines will be eligible to race in the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).
7.7 - From the Northern NSW & QLD Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).
7.14 - If a competitor is unable to attend a Regional or State event due to a clash with training or competition commitments, an exemption to compete at the National event may be considered. Applications will only be accepted by individuals who are currently part of an SSA Emerging Talent Program (ETP) and/or NSWIS Scholarship program or higher. No exemptions for medical reasons will be excepted.
An exemption application must be submitted to the National Interschools Committee prior to the close of entries for the Regional or State event.
Exemptions are discipline specific. For example, a Snowboard competitor will only receive an exemption for Snowboard GS, Snowboard Cross and/or Snowboard Slopestyle.
Once an exemption has been verified by the SSA Performance Manager and approved by the National Interschools Committee, the individual can enter the National event as an individual entry for the discipline the exemption has been approved for, or the individual can be entered into a school team for any discipline that has already qualified as per Rule 7.8.
7.15 - Competitors must compete in the division that they qualified in.
7.16 - From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top twenty 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.
9.13 - Alpine Race Suits are permitted in Divisions 1-4 only. No Race Suits are permitted in Division 5 and 6.
The use of High-Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays is not permitted in all disciplines
CLICK HERE for the meeting notes from the 2019 ACT School Coordinators Meeting. It contains useful information on the 2019 events for ACT schools and the Interschools Rules Changes.
There are accomodation specials at Perisher during the Interschools Participation and Development Seriws weekends. CLICK HERE for more details.
School Coordinators have a big job in putting together school entries so here is a list of what participants, parents and carers can do now to make it easier for school coordinators to enter participants into the Championships:
- All Participants need to have an active Snowracer SnowID. If you have entered the Championships before, you will have a SnowID already but it will need to be renewed and activated for 2019. New participants will need to sign up for Snowracer to receive a SnowID. To renew or register now, go to https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/. You can look up your Snowracer status to check if you are registered and renewed.
- Pass on your SnowID to your school coordinator. They will need to know this number to be able to enter participants in the Interschools Online Entry System
- Let your school coordinator know what disciplines you wish to enter and what year at school you are in. Start Lists will be available online from mid May, so you will be able to check that you have been entered into the correct disciplines and divisions.
- Can you help the school as a Team Manager or Volunteer Course Official? Team Managers receive discounted lift tickets and Volunteers receive a free of charge lift ticket on event days. Let your school coordinator know if you are available for these roles as they will need to register this information in the Interschools Online Entry System.
- Complete your Online Participant Waiver Form. Volunteers will need to complete the Online Volunteer Waiver Form.
Little Gliders is a brand new participation product that introduces children to Cross-country and Alpine disciplines through game based learning with modified ski equipment.
For term 3, Little Gliders will only be offered as a coach delivered package in the ACT area. Please register your interest for Little Gliders in 2019 by contacting us
Along with the Interschools Snowsports Championships, there are some other events, open to ACT schools students (and some for the parents)...
- Citizens Challenge - Sunday August 18 - An Alpine and Snowboard GS race for all ages and abilities.
- ACT Schools Cup - Sunday September 1 - Interschools Alpine and Snowboard GS race for ACT school students only
CLICK HERE for the 2019 ACT Interschools Event Dates and Draft Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the New Interschools Promotional Video.
National Event Directions: The NIC has determined to continue to develop the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships as an Aspirational event aligned with the sport pathway. During 2019, through a range of stake-holder consultation opportunities at the Sport, School, and Snowsports community level, the National Interschools Committee and the National Participation Committee (NPC) will develop a National Interschools Working Paper on: Rules / Event Scheduling / Teams Selection / Quality Events. The National Participation Conference in November will finalise adoption of the recommendations of the working paper.
- National Rules: A National Rules Committee consisting of 10 representatives from the NSW / VIC / ACT State Interschools Committees (4), SSA (2) and the Resorts (4), will develop consistent AUS Interschools rules for implementation in 2020.
- National Event Schedule: The NIC will review the 2018 & 2019 AUS Event Schedule, with an objective to develop a consistent AUS Event schedule for implementation in 2020. This will include a focus on minimising the number of days out of school for Division 1 competitors, minimising the number of days in attendance per division, avoiding event clashes where possible/practical, introducing twilight event scheduling to maintain the current 5-day program.
- Team Selections: The NIC supports the view that building and developing a Team culture (both the individual small team and the specific larger school team culture) at participating schools is at the very foundation, the fabric of what Interschools Snowsports competition is all about. Accordingly, the current requirements of schools to nominate and select their participating teams will be supported through the development of a Teams Selection information document that will endeavour to support all school coordinators in their critical and key roles to create a competitive, cohesive and successful Snowsports team culture within their schools. We are in discussion with a number of schools across a range of states in the development of a best practice team selection document, which we will share with school coordinators in a variety of school settings.
- Quality Events: The NIC Rules Committee will examine the alignment of National Interschools event course specifications, with SSA events for the same/similar age-group. The NIC will also look to develop competition-level appropriate Regional and State Event course specifications.
QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th + Friday 8th November
This is the first of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.
Since mid-2018, a small development group has worked on the Conference program and objectives. We anticipate a conference attendance of between 200 to 250, with the intended audience being school Snowsports Coordinators from across Australia, and industry representatives/leaders from the Resorts, the Clubs, the SIA, the APSI, and private providers servicing the Snowsports industry in Australia. The Conference dates are structured to coincide with the new Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards event to be held on the Thursday evening – 7th November.
The Conference Outline.
Day 1 – Thursday 7th November – ‘Framing and Developing’ Snowsports Participation – 10am to 4.00pm
- Framing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Trends in Sport, Snowsports and Industry, including SportAUS, AOC, AIS, OWIA, SSA, NSWIS, Resorts, Clubs, Coaching, Training.
- Developing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Athlete Pathways - from Participation to High Performance, including OWIA, SSA, Previous Athletes, Interschools, Schools.
- Inaugural 2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards – 6.00pm to 10pm
Day 2 – Friday 8th November – ‘Planning and Inspiring’ Snowsports Participation – 9.00am to 2.45pm
- Planning Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Risk Management, Child Safe Sport Strategies, and Participation Event Rules & Guidelines, including SSA, Interschools, Schools, Resorts, Snow Sports Research Academics.
- Inspiring Participation: Keynotes and Panel Presentations on the Athlete Pathway from School to the Olympics, through the inspirational & aspirational lens of previous and current Olympic Snowsports Athletes & Coaches.
The Conference and Awards evening dates are confirmed. The SSA working group is currently working through the finalisation of conference presenters and facilitators, with a view to seeking NESA accreditation for conference attendees. Costings for the full 2-day Conference package, to include all Conference sessions, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus attendance and dinner/drinks at the Thursday evening Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards, are between the $350 to $450 per participant, with the final cost to be released with the initial registration papers due out to schools in early May – the beginning weeks of School Term Two.
QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th November – 6.00pm to 10.00pm
This is the second of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.
Established to compliment the Australian Ski & Snowboard Performance Awards being held in Melbourne on Wednesday May 1st, the Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards have been established to acknowledge and recognise athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, schools, resorts, administrators and programs at the development and pathway level of snow sports. We anticipate a National audience of between 300 to 350 attendees.
The timing of the Community Sport Awards ties in with the end of the domestic winter season in Australia, is held outside of school holidays, and before many athletes and presenters depart for training and competitions in the Northern season. They are also being held during the 2019 National Participation Conference, also being held at the same venue in Canberra, with many attendees of the conference likely to also attend the awards.
An SSA working group will manage the development of this major initiative, with the wider Snowsports community now being consulted on the areas of the sport that should be recognised.
This event is planned to develop into an annual and very significant Awards and Celebration evening that enables us to promote and acknowledge SSA Programs and Activities at Community – Participation – Development – Pathways levels. There will also be a legacy component of this event, which will recognise previous and high-profile members of the Australian Snowsports community, in a National Snowsports Hall of Fame, a Legacy List, and enduring Life Membership.
Further details will be released mid-year.