Scots SnowSports

Snowsports as an activity at the College began in 1980. Boys have an opportunity to participate in a number of different programs. Regular trips to the snow cater for students from beginners to experts. Overseas trips provide opportunities to ski in other countries and experience the cultural diversity of various regions of the world. There have been numerous trips to North America, Europe and New Zealand.
The race team is open to all students and through the programs of dryland training, on-snow training and an established competition schedule, boys are given the opportunity to excel. The College competes in five separate championships during the season. The Scots College Ski and Snowboard Championships, The Redlands Cup, Sydney Division Interschools Skiing Championships, NSW Interschools Skiing Championships and the Australian Interschools Skiing Championships. These competitions include alpine, freestyle, x-country classic and relay, snowboard, skiercross and boardercross.
The Interschools Snowsports competition, which started in 1986 with The Scots College as one of the competing schools, is open to all schools in Australia. Over 5000 competitors from approximately 200 schools compete at the regional, NSW and Australian levels. The Senior School has won 15 Sydney, 13 NSW and 7 Australian Championships. The Preparatory School has won 19 Sydney, 11 NSW and 8 Australian Championships.
Scots is the only school in Australia with Junior and Senior shields at Sydney, NSW and Australian levels. Nineteen individuals from the College have been Australian Interschools Champions and there have been seven world class athletes produced by the ski program who have represented Australia at World Cup or Olympic level.
The Scots College was invited to send a team of Snowsports athletes to represent Australia at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 International Children’s Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee sanctioned games are recognised internationally as the “Olympic Games for school children”. Scots athletes achieved outstanding results in the Skiing, Snowboarding and Cross-Country disciplines against teams from around the world. Scots skiers and snowboarders achieved astonishing results which included gold, silver and bronze medals. In the 2009 Games in Switzerland, the snowboarders finished a remarkable 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Boardercross discipline. In 2011, the Games were held in Canada where the team produced one silver and two bronze medals in Boardercross and Cross Country. Insbruck, Austria will be the venue for the Games in 2016.
The Scots College snowsports race season commences each July with the The Scots College Snowsports Championships at Perisher. The Championships have evolved into a highlight of the Interschools Snowsports racing calendar, with students from over sixty schools competing annually. This event leads into the Sydney Division Interschools Snowsports Championships. The next level of competition is in August with the New South Wales Interschools Snowsports Championships followed by the Australian Championships.
In 2014, The Scots College Preparatory School Snowsports team won the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships Primary Schools division for the eigth consecutive year. The Scots College Senior School Snowsports team won the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships Senior Schools division for the seventh year in a row. This makes The Scots College the premier Snowsports school in Australia.
However, snowsports at Scots is not all about racing. During the July school holidays many Scots students participate in the TSC Snowsports Development Programs. These programs provide an opportunity for Scots students to achieve the goal of developing skiing and boarding skills through quality programs of balanced instruction and coaching. The focus of the TSC Preparatory School Snowsports development programs is guided skill development in a fun environment: “Fundamentals”. The TSC Senior School development programs cater for a range of skills and disciplines. Skiers and snowboarders can participate in programs ranging from novices to accomplished racers.
The TSC Snowsports Academy was developed to cater for the needs of athletes balancing a traditional education with Snowsports training. The athletes spend 10 weeks at the Academy during the Snow season combining essential access to on-snow training with the School Curriculum.
The Scots College was recently announced as the Ski and Snowboard Australia 2014 Snowsports School of the Year. To be selected as the top Snowsports School of the Year is a reflection of the many years of hard work and dedication by our Scots Snowsports athletes, coaches and parents. Congratulations to the whole Scots Snowsports community for this outstanding achievement!