2017 National Interschools Championships indicate Steady Growth
The SMGS 2017 Interschools Team. The Jindabyne Central School 2017 Interschools Team. The phenomenal success of the Interschools Interschools shows recreational skiers that class mates to participate, said Daniel Bosco, NSW Snowsports Championships continued throughout competing in snow sports can be fun and particularly, Snowsports Chairman. 2017, with over 19,000 event entries across six the ‘team environment’ created by the program draws “The team based structure is the fundamental reason why we have seen so much growth in Interschools, regional, state and national events held at Perisher, in more skiers. “I have always believed that the most important which has been running at 6-10 percent per year for Thredbo, Falls Creek, and Mt Buller. NSW Interschools once again experienced an children in an Interschools ski team are the third and many years”, Mr Bosco said. Overseeing Sporting Organisations such as NSW average eight percent increase in event numbers Snowsports and Ski and Snowboard Australia, across all events. This saw the 2017 event use the Interschools Snowsports Championships day expand to a five-day event for Regional as a talent identification platform, offering Championships, and six-day event for the NSW potential athletes the opportunities to attend State Championships. camps, programs and entry into a higher level of The Chair of NSW Interschools, Steve Cooper, events. This provides a greater pool of athletes believes the success comes from the collective being exposed to the sport, and has produced hard work and dedication of the NSW/ACT/ a significant number of emerging and talented VIC Interschools Committees, resorts, schools, athletes across all snowsports disciplines. sponsors, volunteers and the local communities. To this end, they run Junior Series events, provide The 2017 Subaru Australian Interschools introductory training and most importantly our NTAC Snowsports Championships saw 3,340 event program (NSWS Talented Athlete Camp) which entries, with 235 Schools from Victoria, New South is the emerging talent program designed to show Wales, ACT, South Australia, Western Australia, upcoming athletes the next steps for competitive Queensland and Tasmania competing at Mt Buller in September. The atmosphere at an Interschools event is electric, colourful, training and becoming an athlete. noisy and very busy with school teachers, parents, friends and This year 22 students attended the camp, with great feedback and success. The weekend camp provided Three NSW Schools were awarded National family members, Race & Events employees from the resort, information about training, diet, sport psychology, Champion Schools and included: volunteers and officials all contributing to the team spirit, • Jindabyne Central School Co Ed Primary School safety and fun on the day. It helps when the weather is perfect, pathways and much more. •Snowy Mountains Grammar School Co Ed as it was for Division 6 Alpine at the NSW Championships on NSW Snowsports continue to explore and identify ways that they can direct more Interschools Secondary School Front Valley in Perisher. competitors towards our athlete pathways, which • The Scots College Boys Secondary School fourth skiers. The top skiers are probably already part has contributed to Snowsports being recognised as Congratulations to these schools and all the of a program but it gives their classmates a chance to one of the most consistent and highest performing competitors who competed during the recent Subaru be part of a successful team and something to aspire sports, in the Australian sports system. to. In following years, you generally find that those For more information on Interschools, and the NSW Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships. It is widely recognised that the success we have at third and fourth team members take up training, their Snowsports programmes, visit www.nswsnowsports. elite level stems from Interschools and the massive families become more engaged and before you know com.au impact it has on overall participation numbers. it they are the team’s top skiers and encouraging more
Perisher’s Alpine Bear to Close Pub to Pub Race
Jeweller Rod Bear will close The Alpine Bear retail shop at the end of the 2017 season after 37 years in the Perisher Shopping Centre. Rod Bear’s extensive jewellery collection will still be available online after his retail shop in Perisher closes. Rod Bear opened his retail jewellery online store www.thealpinebear.com shop The Alpine Bear in the Perisher and Rod will continue to work from his Centre in 1981, and as the season Jindabyne home-based studio. closes in early October, so will his retail Having just turned 80, Rod has now plans for retirement, but will seek a shop. Rod’s custom-made jewellery, mostly better work-golf balance as often as featuring his iconic snowflakes, has possible at his favourite Federal Golf been a must-have memento for Perisher Club in Canberra. visitors for 37 years. His jewellery Congratulations and all the best for the collection will still be available from his future Rod and The Alpine Bear.
is still kicking
This iconic event still has a pulse, as seen on a very blustery and blizzardy first Thursday in September this year. The bar at Smiggins Hotel began to fill with helium balloons and colourful costumes around lunchtime as visitors looked on with amusement. The Pub to Pub Race started in 1983, by Barney Davis and friends over a beer, grew into a massive event with over a thousand entrants, television crews and an enormous following. You can still see the Honour board on the wall, Make-up and wardrobe failures did not put off the but the winners’ names inscribed diehard entrants, who made it to the Man from there stopped in 2012. Due to Snowy River Hotel. previous issues with crowds and Sundeck, The Pub at the Manor, The Man insurance, the race was officially disbanded and wound down, but not from Snowy River and Jax Bar at Perisher Valley Hotel. forgotten. Now a small bunch of resort staff and This year the weather caused some seasonal workers enjoy the opportunity to smudged make-up, and most made it to all dress up, strap on a pair of skinny skis and five watering holes with no mishaps. The head off to the next pub for some good- only person to participate in every Pub to Pub is Barney, who still wears his original natured fun. The race starts and ends at Smiggins T-Shirt and windcheater, which are now Hotel, enjoying a responsible ale at each of considered collectors’ items.
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