Snowsports Report, 24 July 2019

By Jonathan Mandl, Technical Director, Snowsports

 

Snowsports athletes shine in the annual Scots Race

On Sunday 14 July, 35 Radford Snowsports athletes competed in the Scots Race, hosted by Scots College Sydney, which serves as an ideal preparatory event for the upcoming Interschools Championships.

Despite blizzard conditions and poor visibility, truly outstanding results included Jack Appaneal claiming 3rd in the Division 5 Snowboard Cross event, and Darcy Barlow 3rd in the Division 5 Giant Slalom. Lachlan Herring’s 4th in the Division 2 GS event was an exceptional performance, just missing the podium. All three athletes are to be congratulated for excellence under very testing conditions!

Special mentions to Tahlia Smith on debut, 15th in Div 6 GS, followed closely by Alba Murphy 17th, Amelie Smith 24th and Isla Murphy 32nd in Div 5 GS with Lincoln Lee 24th in the boys event, Amber Smith 6th with Emily Hinchcliffe 9th and Charlie Lee 10th in Div 4, with Oscar Bush 18th, Jude Barlin 26th, Bailey Purvis-Smith 29th and Connor Kruger 32nd in the boys event.

In the Div 3 event, Josie Truswell 21st was joined by our boys Jake Smith 17th, Mitchell Riepon 20th, Finlay Barlow 22nd and Miles Daly 31st. Danielle Ewer made the top 10 in Division 2 9th, with Evie Georgalis 13th and Katherine Hinchcliffe 15th. We welcome Louis Hearn to our team in 2019 whose strong Div 2 GS run placed 11th, followed by Tom Ewer 12th, Orlando Jeffrey 13th, Niki Georgalis 19th, Campbell Kruger 20th, Will Seddon 21st, Stuart Street 24th and Owen Street 25th.  Only two boys raced in the Division 1 GS event this year, Damien Schroder 7th and Andrew Kerr 8th.

In Snowboard Cross, teammates Brayden Purvis-Smith 6th and Josh Hogg 7th challenged in Div 2, and Kane Rowe claimed 8th in Div 1.

Snowboarders

 

Snowsports Camp 2019 – fun times, bonding and learning

The annual Snowsports Camp from 14-21 July continued the tradition of a great social experience and skills development opportunity during the last week of the mid-year break. Led capably by Snowsports Captains Rosie Joshua and Darcy Brighton, this supervised residential camp of 28 students, at Sponars Chalet near Perisher, allows all-important team bonding amid alternating training and freeriding days on snow. Nothing beats returning to warm, comfortable accommodation and plunging into a 28C, 25-metre heated pool and sauna after a demanding day on Perisher’s best runs. Plenty of time before a delicious evening meal for snowplay and jump-building outside, a tradition repeated once again this year.

Supervising Snowsports CampAfter missing Boys’ Captain Darcy for a few days recovering from illness in Canberra, we welcomed him back before week’s end and along with Rosie, Mr Greer, Mr and Mrs MacDonald in supervision, the week of multiple blue-sky days and full resort access was overwhelmingly positive and thoroughly enjoyable for all.

Each day the Camp group was joined by equal number of Snowsports team athletes staying independently on-snow or in Jindabyne. The eight Instructors all reported excellent behaviour and coachability of our athletes at week’s end, and they are impressed by the conduct and progressive skill levels achieved by each and every one on their individual journeys.

Thank you to all student athletes in their representation of Radford College values throughout the week in a very public environment – you once again proved a credit to your families and our school community. We wish you enjoyment, speed and skill in your Interschools events this week.

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