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College Puts on a Show at the Snow!
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Geelong College was represented by 59 students from Prep to Year 12 at the 2018 Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships from 20-26 August. The College competed in 146 individual events and 38 team events, with 16 teams scoring overall points. We placed sixth in the co-educational secondary school category and 13th in the co-educational primary category, our best results ever!

The week began with more than half a metre of snow and fresh tracks for anyone up early. Unfortunately, our youngest skiers and boarders had limited visibility but that didn’t stop us from recording some outstanding results and seeing some big improvements from last year.

Division 2 was incredibly strong this year with teams scoring in six events. Andy Deans (Year 9) stamped his authority on the snowboard in this Division winning the Snowboard, Board X and placing 2nd in the Slopestyle Board. As a bottom aged competitor Andy smashed the competition putting down the fastest times on each of his races and some pretty stylish tricks. He was joined by Emerson Facer (Year 9) who finished 6th in the Snowboard and 8th in the Board X and Hunter Locke to take the Championship trophy in the Snowboard teams and the silver in the Board X teams. These boys are off to Nationals with big expectations.

Emerson and Andy also teamed up in the Slopestyle ski with Emerson finishing 6th and Andy 13th to grab the silver teams medal. In Ski X Emerson finished 5th and Andy 23rd to take the team to 5th, qualifying for Nationals in all of these events. Emerson also finished 17th in the Alpine, missing out on a national’s spot by two places.

In the girls’ events Angelique Atkinson (Year 10) placed 7th and Olivia Howie (Year 10) placed 15th in the Division 2 Moguls both qualifying individually for nationals, the team of Angelique, Olivia along with Tara Kearns (Year 10) also qualified for nationals. In the Division 2 Slopestyle Ski Angelique finished 10th and Alana Henderson (Year 10) finished 11th, both qualifying for nationals.

Jasper Atkinson (Year 8) placed 2nd in the Division 3 Moguls event and 5th in the Division 3 Slopestyle Ski. Rory Kearns (Year 8) and Tyson Martin (Year 8) joined Jasper in the moguls and finished 5th as a team, qualifying for the National Championships.

In Division 5 Holly Kearns was once again a stand out placing 13th in Alpine GS and 5th in Moguls to qualify for Nationals in both events. A fall at the start of the Ski X probably cost her a third nationals berth, but that is ski racing. In Division 4 Charlotte and Madeleine Koch (Year 5) finished 5th in the team events for Snowboard and Board X and qualified for the National Championships.

Pia Falk led the Division 1 girls, a talented bunch, from the front finishing 13th in the Ski X to qualify individually for the National Championships.

Again, this year, other schools took notice of the TGC team on snow. Our team was the biggest ever and our results the best ever. Not to mention our jackets which are awesome and made us easy to spot!

It was exciting to welcome new skiers and boarders, and their families to the team, to see all students no matter their level of experience outperforming their own expectations, and to be a part of the camaraderie and team spirit that made people wish they were on the College team.

Thank you to Marcus Tyrell for his invaluable help on the snow, to team Captains Georgie Batten and Charlotte Darcy, and to the parents who travelled and supported all of the students, volunteered on courses, managed teams, and who came to our two team functions, hopefully you enjoyed the best week of snow since 2004!

We are very excited about the future of snowsports and encourage all skiers and boarders of all abilities to consider competing for College next year. If you are interested jut let us know at snowsports@geelongcollege.vic.edu.au and we’ll put you on the list!

Nicole Roache
Snowsports Coordinator

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