Skiers brave blizzard for Paddy Pallin junior classic

Abbey Evans from Jindabyne.

Abbey Evans from Jindabyne.

Flynn Niven with mum Jane from Jindabyne.

Flynn Niven with mum Jane from Jindabyne.

THIRTY-nine junior cross country skiers braved the wild and wintry weather to participate in the Paddy Pallin juniors on Saturday.

The snow was plentiful and so were the smiles, even with near blizzard conditions roaring across the ski tracks. Participants ranged in age from 5 to 15 years, with skiers competing over varying distances from 200 metres to two kilometres with multiple laps of the sprint loop at the Perisher Cross Country Ski Centre.

The focus of the Paddy Pallin Juniors is to promote participation in cross country skiing and therefore skiers are only awarded their time taken to complete the course, rather than given a placing.

The traditional lunch of hot dogs, poppers and fruit was enjoyed by all competitors and helpers post event at the Nordic Shelter, followed by the presentation of certificates and spot prizes, which were generously donated by Paddy Pallin.

For the final event of the day, the children were organised into teams of varying ages for the jelly snake hunt on skis, with the winning team coming away with a grand total of over 40 jelly snakes to share amongst themselves!

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