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IMPORTANT All participants must renew their free Snowracer membership

All participants wanting to compete in the Interschools Snowsports competitions require an active Snowracer registration, which gives you a SnowID, to compete. 

Participants who have competed before in Interschools in the last few years will already have a SnowID but you need to make sure that you have activated (renew) your Snowracer registration for 2019. You would have now received an email to activate your Snowracer registration for 2019.

Please renew, activate or register with Snowracer as soon as you can. If you are a new participant or will be competing for a new school this year, please pass your SnowID onto your school coordinator. They need your SnowID to enter you into the Interschools Championships. 


Ski & Snowboard Australia Membership Options

Snowracer

All Snowracer registrations include an active SnowID and FREE Snowracer insurance providing $500 of non-medical cover and $1 million of public liability cover. More information here.

 

Snow Equipment Cover

Exclusive to Snowracer and SSA members, Snow Equipment Cover provides insurance against theft and/or damage to ski’s, snowboards and other equipment both domestically and internationally through to April 2020 for just one payment of $39.90. Members can purchase their cover during the registration process. More information here.

 

Headsmart Concussion Screening

SSA have partnered with Headsmart Sports Concussion Programme to provide a subsidised baseline concussion screening for all members. Whether you ski, snowboard, play team or other action sports every participant should have a baseline concussion test to refer to in the event of an accident. SSA strongly recommend participants at all levels undertake baseline testing. This education and baseline screening is of the same standard and the same process that professional athletes complete. More details are available here.

2019 Event Poster

The 2019 Mogul Ski World Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships Poster has been published. The poster can be downloaded and printed. Posters will be delivered to most Melbourne Metropolitan schools in the coming weeks.

Posters may also be picked up from the Ski and Snowboard Australia office at 105 Pearl River Rd Docklands from Monday the 6th of May.

BodyICE Partnership

We are delighted to announce that BodyICE has become a partner of Victorian Interschools! BodyICE is offering all Interschools participants an amazing discount of 30% storewide by using the coupon code INTERSCHOOLS19 at checkout.

BodyICE was founded by Winter Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist Lydia Lassila in 2006 when she suffered a devastating knee injury. She was frustrated with the lack of cold therapy products on the market that wouldn’t stay cold or stay in place which inspired her to create BodyICE - the most practical, effective and affordable cold and heat therapy solution on the market.

Check out the full BodyICE Recovery Range of joint specific ice and heat packs and learn about how BodyICE was started and its features
Make sure to also check out The BodyICE mental training page where you can access resources and mind training techniques that Lydia herself used to become a champion in sport and life. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity.

Multiclass event information for all schools

The Multiclass event hosted at the Victorian Interschools since 2013 is an opportunity for students from any Victorian School with a physical or intellectual impairment to participate in a fun and welcoming environment. Please click here for more information on the Multiclass program around the Victorian Interschools.

In 2019 for the second year NSW and Victorian Interschools Multiclass participants will qualify to attend the National Interschools at Mt Buller on Friday the 6th of September.

Chair, Victorian Interschools Committee

Dear Victorian Interschools Community

The National footprint of Interschools Snowsports continues to grow, introducing more and more young competitors to our sport.

The National Interschools Committee (NIC) has finalised plans for the 2019 season - it will be our largest on record, with 36 event-days across four Australian resorts.

2019 will see widespread consultation with the Australian Interschools community and our valued School Snowsports Coordinators as we plan for the 2020-2030 period. We will seek to further align our events programme to the SSA Pathways and Athlete Development programmes with a focus on three core themes - sustainability, safety and success.

This update provides important information on 2019 Interschools rule changes, workshops and other major events.

We look forward to another successful Interschools season and wish all involved a rewarding experience.

Regards

Dean Gosper

Chair, Victorian Interschools Snowsports

President, Ski & Snowboard Australia

2019 SSA National Snowsports Participation & Development Conference

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7 + Friday 8 November

This is the first of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

More than 200 School Snowsports Coordinators and industry representatives from resorts, clubs, the SIA, APSI, and private providers are expected to attend. The Conference coincides with the new SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards (details below) to be held on 7 November.

The conference will include keynote speakers, panelist discussions and workshops involving representatives from Australian sporting organisations, resorts and clubs, as well as coaches, former athletes and snowsports research academics.

Day 1 – Thursday 7 November – ‘Framing and Developing’ Snowsports Participation – 10am to 4.00pm

  • Framing Participation: Trends in Sport, Snowsports and Industry
  • Developing Participation: Snowsports Athlete Pathways - from Participation to High Performance
  • Inaugural 2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards – 6.00pm to 10pm

Day 2 – Friday 8 November – ‘Planning and Inspiring’ Snowsports Participation – 9.00am to 2.45pm

  • Planning Participation: Snowsports Risk Management, Child Safe Sport Strategies, Participation Event Rules & Guidelines
  • Inspiring Participation: Athlete Pathway from School to the Olympic Games, through the inspirational & aspirational lens of previous and current Olympic Snowsports Athletes & Coaches.

The SSA working group is finalising conference presenters and facilitators, with a view to seeking NESA accreditation for conference attendees. The cost to attend all sessions, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus attendance and dinner/drinks at SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards, is between $350-$450 per person. The final cost will be released when initial registration papers are released in May.

2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7 November – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

This is the second of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

Established to compliment the annual Australian Ski & Snowboard Performance Awards, the SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards will acknowledge and recognise development and pathway level athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, schools, resorts, administrators and programs. More than 300 attendees are expected.

An SSA working group is managing this initiative and the wider Snowsports community will be consulted on the areas of the sport that should be recognised.

The long term objective is to develop the Awards into an annual event that promotes and acknowledges SSA Programs and Activities at Community – Participation – Development – Pathways levels. A legacy component will recognise former and high-profile members of the Australian Snowsports community, in a National Snowsports Hall of Fame, a Legacy List, and enduring Life Membership.

Further details will be released mid-year.

SSA Participation and Sport Development 2019

Objective:

  • To increase participation and community engagement in competitive Snowsports at all levels.

Strategic Priority:

  • To convert participants into competitors.

Operational Priorities:

  • Maintain development of Snowracer as a single centralised digital platform for all Snowsports competitions. This includes Event Entry, Event HQ, Live-Timing / Live-Scoring, and access to Results.
  • Promote Participation in competition via Snowracer and other participation initiatives.
  • Improve Coaching and Officiating to Interschools and other Pathway levels, through the development of a new SSA Officiating Framework that will include online training opportunities.

School Coordinator Information Evenings / Small-group Workshops

School Snowsports Coordinators directly support snowsports participation and athlete development at all levels of the sport. Our objective is to better align our events program to the SSA Pathways and Athlete Development programs, across all disciplines, to improve our capacity to identify potential champions of the future. Coordinators play a pivotal role in this endeavour.

Interschools School Coordinator Conversations: These small-group discussions enable a focussed and targeted approach to initiating change and direction. We thank Lisa Howden (Lauriston Girls School), Jenny Whiting (Melbourne Girls Grammar), Gareth Briglia (Wesley College), Greg Gaudie (Xavier College VIC), Kathy Bashfield (Firbank Grammar School) and Phil Hodgkinson (St Anne’s Kew East) for their attendance and input at the recent Melbourne meeting.

Congratulations Scotty James, Cam Bolton, Jakara Anthony and Matt Graham

Congratulations to our previous Interschools competitors:

Scotty James on winning his third consecutive World Championship Gold Medal in Snowboard Halfpipe

Cam Bolton on his first World Cup Snowboard Cross victory

Jakara Anthony and Matt Graham on their World Championship Silver medals in Moguls

2019 Mt Buller School season membership offer

Buller Ski Lifts in conjunction with Buller Holidays offers the extension of the ‘Kids Festive Bird Membership’ sale price of $549 to bonafide Victorian primary and secondary school students. The School must agree to the terms and conditions, and provide Buller Holidays with a signed agreement prior to receiving application forms to disperse to parents. All student applications must be submitted no later than the 15th May, 2019.

If you would like more information on this lift pass offer please contact your school coordinator.

2019 Australian Interschools at Mt Buller

The 2019 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships will be hosted at Mt Buller from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th of September. A summary event schedule will be published in early 2019.

2018 Event Management Report

The 2018 Event Managment report has been published. What an amazing 2018 winter season it was. The 2018 School Coordinator survey will be sent to all coordinators in the coming days. Please comunicate any feedback regarding the 2018 events through your school coordinator.

Thank you

What an amazing eight days of competition we have had at the 2018 Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships. What a story these incredible shots from photoshopmtbuller tell of this years events.

A great thank you is extended to 

  • The 205 School Coordinators who’s efforts and passion make the Interschools possible
  • The 500 Volunteers that make the Interschools possible
  • The Schools support of the Victorian Interschools
  • The Mt Buller Race and Events Dept, Team Buller Riders and Mt Buller Parks teams for building and providing outstanding competition sites
  • Ski and Snowboard Australia results, live timing and scoring teams
  • Mountain Lift Operations, Grooming teams and all other Resort Management transport and public services for making early event starts possible
  • Mt Buller community represented by the Buller Interschools Association made up of Buller Ski Lifts, Mt Buller Resort Management Board, Mt Buller Chamber and the Mt Buller Rate Payers Association
  • The Victorian Interschools Committee for the school, sport and resort input into the running and direction of the Victorian Interschools
  • The 2900+ school students that took part in the 61st Year of Interschools with such great camaraderie and team spirit

Alpine and Snowboard GS Course slippers

As an initiative to maximise the quality of all 2018 Subaru Victorian Interschools Alpine and Snowboard GS race conditions the following will be implemented:

At all events an event staff member will lead regular course slipping groups during the first and second competition runs. The course slippers will be skiers only. The staff member will at the top of the course ask for competitors that have completed their run as well as other appropriately skilled spectators, teachers and parents to join the course slip group. The group will be lead and directed by the staff member through the course.

It is not permitted for competitors who are yet to race in that particular run to take part in the course slipping group. We trust that team mates that have completed their Alpine run will help with at least one course slip per run. This will ensure the best possible race conditions for all as well as the best possible course conditions for all second runs. As snowboarders will not be permitted to course slip we encourage appropriately skilled spectators, parents and teachers who are on skis to assist whenever possible. Your assistance with this important initiative is greatly appreciated. 

Opening/Closing Ceremony School signs process

To improve the experiece for all participants in the Opening and Closing ceremonies the following will be in place for the distribution and collection of the school signs.

All school signs will be handed out by staff members to a designated adult from each school who will be responsible for the care of the sign and its return. The signs can be handed back to event staff in the village square or the sign pick up location following the fireworks show. The sign pick up point will be alongside the Molonys building at the base of Athletes walk.

Download the Snowracer APP

Where do I find the APP?

Download the Snowracer APP today – click here . The Snowracer APP is free to download via the Google Play Store or the Apple App store 

The full Snowracer APP features include:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Live timed races and live scored events
  • Results
  • SnowID Lookup
  • Cowbell
  • Access to SSA's social pages
  • Links to snow cams
  • Live weather conditions
  • Links to Australian ski resort websites

Concussion Management Guidelines

Ski & Snowboard Australia is committed to protecting the health and well-being of everyone that participates in snowsports. It is for this reason that SSA has introduced the concussion guidelines in conjunction with HeadSmart with the aim of providing information and advice for non-medical people who are involved with skiing and snowboarding at any level. These guidelines apply to the care of snowsports participants from beginners and intermediates through to recreational experts and sub-elite or elite competitors. Everyone’s brain is equally important and deserves the benefit of concussion management according to current international scientific guidelines.

Additionally, the guideline allows for the Ski and Snowboard Australia community to access the same high standards of care that are available to full-time professional athletes. Our common goal is to achieve a successful return to sport, with full recovery and readiness for competition, minimising short-term risks and long-term health consequences. It is written for the benefits of athletes, parents, teachers, coaches, peers, and any program directors or support staff.

Click here for more information and the Concussion Management Guidelines

XTM partnership

FROM VICTORIAN INTERSCHOOLS COMPETITORS TO OLYMPIC AND WORLD CHAMPIONS!

XTM is a home grown Australian company founded by an original Victorian interschools participant.

We are sold in 22 countries around the world and are the official supplier to the Australian Winter Olympic team in gloves, headwear, socks, apres boots, bags and headwear.

XTM are proud to be associated with the fantastic organisation and event that is the Victorian Interschools. 

If we can help you in any way with your outfitting please contact us on info@xtm.com.au 

or visit our website xtm.com.au for your closest stockist or on line store. 

Please also support XTMs heat the homeless campaign by donating your old ski jackets to those that really need them http://www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless/

 

2XU

2XU believe in multiplying human performance, leaving no stone unturned in developing the world's most advanced compression to help you perform and recover on the slopes like never before. 
2XU’s range of thermal compression tights insulate against the cold while increasing blood flow to muscles & reducing blood lactate, so you can back it up the next day.
Check out the range here

 

YETI new school discount offer

Buller Ski Lifts are delighted to offer schools that have never participated in a school trip to Mt Buller extraordinary discounts of 75% for a first year, 50% in the second year and 25% in the third year of participation. Please click on the quick link file for complete YETI program details.