This last week has seen the running of the NSW State Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher. The event attracted nearly 3000 students from over 170 schools from around the state, all of whom had qualified through their regional competitions held earlier in the season. Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) fielded the largest team in the competition, with 103 teams entered across the seven disciplines of Alpine, Cross-Country Freestyle and Relay, Moguls, Skiercross, Snowboard GS and Boardercross.
Students from Year 1 to Year 12 represented their school with distinction, and 43 teams have qualified for the National Championships which will be held at Mt Buller early in September.
The Senior Girls' Alpine team had a magnificent victory on the final day of competition. Hannah Sugerman, Elle Crisp, Cassie Maye and Lauren Wheeler gave it their best and finished ahead of the other teams to claim the gold medal, and to win the wonderful Amelia McGuiness Memorial Trophy for the fastest Division 1 Girls' team.
Hannah also won the individual medal for the fastest girl over the two runs. The girls then combined to win the Skiercross event, with Hannah taking the individual gold to make it a double amid very strong competition.
SMGS snowboarders also had a great time, absolutely dominating in the Senior Boys' Division. Adam Dickson, Matt Thomas, Joel Cantle, Drew Turner, Karl Van Goor and Lewis Foster combined to take the gold and bronze medals in both the Snowboard GS and Boardercross events. Adam also won the individual gold in the GS event. Following on, the Division 2 snowboarders also scooped the pool with wins in both events. Adam Dickson, Riley Horsman, Tom Rossell, Georgia Baff and Kaylie Thomas were simply too good for their opposition. And down the other end of the competition, Division 5 Girls Lily and Ella Veleba won the Division 5 snowboarding events.
SMGS was crowned the most successful Senior Girls' School, winning the Alpine and Overall Pointscore Trophies, whilst the boys were named runners-up in what was a wonderful competition.