Scots strikes gold in Austria

SOURCE: Wentworth Courier

The Scots College has enjoyed a gold rush at the 2016 International Children’s Winter Games in Austria, with three students taking out the top prize in their individual events.

James Whitfield, 14, Marcus Mead, 14, and Chester Burns, 15, all returned to school with gold medals after a successful trip to Innsbruck last month accompanied by eight of their fellow students.

James competed in the Boarder cross event, a race where competitors travel down a narrow course navigating a variety of turns and jumps designed to challenge the riders’ ability to maintain control at top speed.

Chester raced in Cross-Country Skiing and Marcus entered the Parallel Slalom.

The trip included an intensive training camp at Switzerland prior to the games.

College principal Dr. Ian Lambert said the young men had been justly rewarded for their determination and perseverance.

“The snow sports program at The Scots College is one of the finest in the country. The dedication and commitment shown by the coaching staff is reflected in the effort and determination exuded by the boys,” he said.

“They are a shining example of the rewards of hard work, passion and comradery. We are proud of these young men.”

The gold medal capped a big year for the snow sports team, which was named national champion for a record eighth consecutive year.

Written by Sean Thompson 

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