On Wednesday 4th October, the inaugural Ski and Snowboard Australia Day Conference at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney was held. It is a forum of the who’s who in winter sports that discusses everything snowsports not just Interschools itself (such as event organisation, rules of racing etc), but indeed everything in the development of future ski racers and snowsports athletes – including pathways to the Winter Olympics. We heard from the Manager of the Australian Winter Olympic team heading to PyeongChang South Korea in January 2018 for example, as well as ex-olympians and world cup racers on their journey to the elite level.
As every competitor that reaches the elite level attests, importantly, their journey starts with Interschools Snowsports competition.
Over 360 schools compete in Interschool Snow-Sports Australia wide. Only the top 10% of those schools received an invitation to attend the conference – including Merici College from ACT and Southern NSW region. Diana Davis and myself, indeed the entire College is very proud of not just of the individual achievements of our 3 snow-sports competitors who qualified for Nationals, but more-so the tremendous enthusiasm and spirit in which the girls participate and represent the College as a team. We don’t go there focused on winning trophies – we go there to build in the spirit of competition and have some fun. Excellent life skills!
Insofar as the size of our team (and even our results), we have the reputation on the snow as punching well above our weight.
I was very proud to represent Merici college at the Conference.