28 August, 2018 Extracurricular - Sport & Outdoor Ed

St Michael’s Snowsports success at Mt Buller

We are pleased to share the news that the St Michael’s Snowsports Team achieved great results again this year in the Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller. The Championships finished on Sunday and a number of our competitors, and one of our teams, have qualified for the National Championships to be held in September.

The Interschools competition brings together more than 2,500 students from 176 schools across Victoria. This year saw our largest team ever competing on the slopes of Mt Buller, with 43 students from Years 3 to 11 representing the School.

St Michael’s Snowsports success at Mt Buller St Michael’s Division 2 Boys A, B & C teams

Like last year, the St Michael’s team was expertly led by parent volunteer and Snowsports Co-Ordinator, Kate Kloss. It was great to see 38 parents also accompanying our competitors and cheering on the students.

The size of the St Michael’s team was particularly pleasing as approximately a third of competitors this year were new to Interschools.

“It is really quite daunting to face a racecourse for the first time and I know there are many students who feel an enormous sense of achievement to have contributed both individually but also as a team for the School,” said Kate Kloss.

“I want to acknowledge Tess Coady, who came up for the weekend to support the team – despite still not being able to compete nor snowboard at all,” said Kate. “She was on the racecourse by 7am to coach the three year 7 and 8 snowboarders on our team, Zac Strachan, Will Currie and Ben Brunner. Ben went through to the Finals in his Slopestyle Board event and came 6th overall. A great effort for his first Interschools!”

St Michael’s Snowsports success at Mt Buller Tess Coady coaching Ben Brunner

The top six placed teams plus the top 15 individual competitors qualify to race in the Nationals Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher, NSW, to be held from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 19 September. Given some divisions featured more than 200 competitors, our students can be even more proud of their fantastic results.

The following students have qualified for Nationals:

Division 1 Boys (Yr 11/12)
Slopestyle Ski: 1st Fin Kain

St Michael’s Snowsports success at Mt Buller Fin Kain flying high to first in the Slopestyle

Division 1 Girls (Yr 11/12)
Moguls: 4th Saffron Rich (huge improvement from 6th last year and 12th the year before that)

St Michael’s Snowsports success at Mt Buller Saffron Rich jumping to fourth in the Moguls

Division 3 Boys (Yr 7/8)
Alpine GS: 8th Bowie Rich
Alpine GS Team: 4th Bowie Rich, Liam Whitehouse, Luca Houghton-Allen
Multiclass: 1st Ned Tozer
Slopestyle Board: 6th Ben Brunner

Division 4 Boys (Yr 5/6)
Ski Cross: 8th Aaron Whitehouse
Alpine GS: 12th Aaron Whitehouse
(Congratulations to Aaron who is our only student to qualify for Nationals in both his individual events)

Division 5 Girls (Yr 3/4)
Ski Cross: 12th Maddy Kloss

Congratulations also to our Division 5 Year 3 and 4 boys team of Max Jowett, Samuel Romney, Sebastian Astill and Harrison Bruce, who secured 8th place in a field of 26 teams.

St Michael’s Snowsports success at Mt Buller Our Division 2 girls at Mt Buller

The Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships will be held from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 19 September at Perisher. Good luck to all our competitors!