Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships
By Lara Franks and Sarah Brake
On Wednesday 6 September, the Radford Snowsports team began their eagerly anticipated eleven-hour bus trip to Mt Buller, located in North East Victoria, for the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships. Even the two-hour delay after getting bogged in rainy conditions couldn’t dampen spirits, and when they arrived they were greeted by the lodge manager, Noelene. Noelene took great care of the team for the remainder of the trip, preparing meals and her hospitality was greatly appreciated.
Conditions were not ideal for racing, with plenty of wind and freezing temperatures, however the incredible snow made up for it, as the team witnessed the best season in twenty years.
Team camaraderie was excellent among students who created friendships with others in different years and everyone supported each other at their events.
There were some amazing results for the Radford competitors. Overall there were 20 events that 22 Radford racers competed in. Events included skier cross, alpine, moguls, snowboard cross and snowboard GS. It is a real accomplishment to make it to Nationals and all Radford racers should be proud.
For Division 5 (Years 4 and 5) in both the Alpine and Skier Cross, (Amber Smith Gibson, Audrey Potter and Piper Herring – who is actually in Year 2!) the girls combined results placed the team at 13th for both events, with Amber coming 26th individually in Skier Cross. Audrey Potter placed an awesome 10th in Div 5 moguls.
In Division 4 (Years 6 and 7) in Alpine the boys placed 11th as a team. Individually, Jake Smith Gibson placed 41st, Niki Georgalis 49th, Finlay Barlow 56th and Robbie Potter 61st. Jake Smith Gibson placed 34th individually in Moguls and 42nd in Skier Cross.
In Division 3 (Years 7 and 8) there was both snowboard and ski racers. In the Div 3 male alpine race William Brake placed 25th, Brayden Purvis-Smith placed 47th and unfortunately Lachlan Herring was unable to race his second run. For their Skier Cross race Will placed 43rd, Brayden placed 46th and Lachlan placed 49th. The Div 3 girls placed 13th as a team in Snowboard Cross. Maggie Potter placed 37th and Emma Brennan placed 39th. The girls also placed 12th as a team in Snowboard GS. Emma came 36th and Maggie 39th. The Div 3 boys team for Snowboard had Brayden Purvis Smith and Joshua Hogg and they placed 11th as a team. Individually Brayden placed 30th and Joshua 35th.
The Division 2 (Years 9 and 10) ski team of Hamish Cassis, Thomas Evan and Ethan Kruger they were unable to complete their second run in Alpine but placed 15th as a team in Skier Cross. Hamish placed 47th, Tom 28th and Ethan 49th. Bethany Richter and Ewan Richter raced as individuals in Snowboard. Beth placed 11th in Snowboard Cross and 9th in Snowboard GS. Ewan placed 21st in Snowboard Cross and 26th in GS.
The Div 1 (Years 11 and 12) girls placed 10th as a team in GS. Lara Franks placed 9th, Rosie Joshua placed 33rd and Sarah Brake placed 36th. In GS Lara placed 17th, Rosie 32nd and unfortunately Sarah was unable to complete her first run.
A highlight of the trip was the dinner with the Junior School students, it is always great to see the youngest members of the team and share stories of the events of the trip, and it also provided an opportunity for the parents to relax. On Sunday 12 September the team returned home after another long bus trip arriving home at midnight that night.
A massive thank you to Jonathan Mandl and Miss Patterson for taking care of the team, the trip would not have been the success it was without the outstanding effort that they put in to ensure that everyone had a great time.