The Northern NSW & QLD Interschools Snowsports Championships and the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships are now eligible events under the QLD Government Young Athletes Travel Subsidy.
Funding is provided retrospectively of the events and applications must be correctly submitted within six months of attending the event to be eligible.
About the Young Athlete's Travel Subsidy
The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events. The travel subsidy provides financial assistance through three event tiers and supports attendance at specific state, national and international events.
Who is eligible?
Applicants eligible to apply for support after attending the event are those who:
- competed or officiated (as a coach, referee or scorer) at an eligible Queensland state or state school event, Australian national or national school event or international event in the past 6 months
- have been residents of Queensland for at least 12 months preceding the event
- were under the age of 18 at the start of the event
- travelled a road distance of at least 250km (one-way) from their place of residence to the event location (check road distances using RACQ’s trip planner)
- flew or travelled by rail a radial distance of at least 250km (one-way) from their place of residence to the event location (check radial distances)
- have participation at the event confirmed by the regional/state/national coach or manager.
What funding is available?
The travel subsidy will allow up to a maximum of $1,200 in financial assistance over the three event tiers, once every two calendar years. Eligible athletes and officials can apply for one event per tier once every two calendar years.
The following travel subsidy amounts are available under the three event tiers:
- state or state school event—$200
- national or national school event—$400
Online Entries for the Travelplan Ski Northern NSW & QLD Interschools Snowsports Championships (July 9-13 at Perisher) are now open. Online entries and volunteer registration will close on June 26 at 10pm.
How to Complete School Entries
School entries are completed online by the School Coordinator, who will have a login for the entry system.
The School Coordinator login username is your email address. If you have misplaced your password, you can retrieve it on the entry system home page.
If your school has previously entered the Interschools Championships and you are taking over the School Coordinator role in 2019; you can get a login for the Online Entry System by either;
- Asking the previous school coordinator to login to the Online Entry System and update the School Details tab with the new school coordinators email address. They can either set a new password for you or you can click 'Retrieve Password' on the login page to the Online Entry System to set a new password yourself.
- Email Interschools at email@example.com to update the login. You must then login and update the temporary password you are given. Please update your details on the School Details tab in the Online Entry System. Ensuring that the School Details page is updated allows school coordinators to be sent SMS updates during the Championships and Interschools can contact the correct coordinator for any queries with your entries, etc.
If your school has not previously entered in the Interschools Championships you will need to register the school for the Online Entry System home page (click "register"). Please check with Interschools if your school is registered for the Online Entry System before registering the school as there cannot be multiple school registrations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We highly recommend that you use Google Chrome as your web browser when registering and completing your school entries. You may experience difficulties If you do not use Google Chrome as your web browser. Click Here to download Google Chrome for Free
For help completing your entries, please read the online entry guidelines within the Interschools Handbook.
School Coordinators have a big job in putting together school entries so here is a list of what participants, parents and carers can do now to make it easier for school coordinators to enter participants into the Championships:
- All Participants need to have an active Snowracer SnowID. If you have entered the Championships before, you will have a SnowID already but it will need to be renewed and activated for 2019. New participants will need to sign up for Snowracer to receive a SnowID. To renew or register now, go to https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/. You can look up your Snowracer status to check if you are registered and renewed.
- Pass on your SnowID to your school coordinator. They will need to know this number to be able to enter participants in the Interschools Online Entry System
- Let your school coordinator know what disciplines you wish to enter and what year at school you are in. Start Lists will be available online from mid May, so you will be able to check that you have been entered into the correct disciplines and divisions.
- Can you help the school as a Team Manager or Volunteer Course Official? Team Managers receive discounted lift tickets and Volunteers receive a free of charge lift ticket on event days. Let your school coordinator know if you are available for these roles as they will need to register this information in the Interschools Online Entry System.
- Complete your Online Participant Waiver Form. Volunteers will need to complete the Online Volunteer Waiver Form.
The SUBARU SSA Interschools Participation & Development Series is an additional event opportunity which has been added to the Events Calendar for 2019. This new participation experience is scheduled for June 23 & June 30 at Perisher and will be half-day time trials. The participation time trials are for individual participants only rather than teams and will be similar in format to our highly successful Amelia McGuiness Time Trial events held in August.
All new schools experiencing Interschools for the first time, along with new 2019 participants and any members of the public are invited to attend. All existing schools wishing to practice their race-skills and development for the upcoming Regional events are also invited.
Date: Sunday June 23 & Sunday June 30
Disciplines: Alpine GS, Snowboard GS, Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross
Course: To be confirmed
Race Times: To be confirmed
Cost: $25 per entry, per event.
Entries: Online Entries are open now via the SSA Events Portal and close on Friday 17th June for both events. CLICK HERE TO ENTER - Entry is by Individual registration. If you have a large group to register, please contact us directly. Late entries may be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times.
Waivers: Participants must complete an Interschools Participant Waiver at the time of entry along with payment via credit card.
Bib Collection: Bibs can be collected from the Interschools Race Room. Times to be confirmed.
Results: Results will be available on the Interschools website following the event, there will be no presentation for these time trials. Participation certificates will be available to download closer to the event.
Note: Helmets are mandatory for all participants (including adults) whilst on course for inspection and during the Time Trial. Any participants who arrive at the top of course without a helmet will not be allowed to participate. Race suits will also not be permitted in all divisions at this Time Trial series. Participants must have a valid Lift Ticket for the day of the event. No discount tickets will be available.
All Participants must have an SSA SnowID in order to register. If you do not have a SnowID or are unsure if you have a SnowID, please visit https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/ Once you have obtained a SnowID you will be sent a Username via email to use when you register.
For further Information please contact:
- Wendy Olsen – SSA Northern Operations Manager email@example.com
- Cathy Lambert – SSA Northern Admin Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the Interschools Participation and Development Series weekends, there are special accommodation rates with the following. CLICK HERE to view the special accommodation deals.
- Perisher Accommodation
- Jindabyne Sport & Recreation Centre
- Altitude Lodge Smiggins
- Perisher Manor Hotel
- Aalberg Chalet
- Australian Alpine Resorts
- Avalanche Alpine Club
- Chalet Sonnenhof
- Corroberee Lodge
- Eiger Chalet
- Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
- Valhalla Perisher
3 hour morning camp on Saturday June 22 and June 29. Start time 9am at Perisher
Needs to be purchased 3 days in advance.
Camp only - $68
Camp and 1 day Interschools ticket - $147
To book, go to https://www.perisher.com.au/wsc/interschools-training-camps
The Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) was established in memory of Amelia McGuiness who tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009. In August, several fundraising events are being held to support the foundation, as well as offer an opportunity for participants to practice snow sports competition before the SSA Northern States Championships.
All monies raised are distributed to our emerging athletes via the Amelia McGuiness Scholarship Program, applications to open in mid-September each year. This scholarship is dedicated to providing practical support (for equipment, training and resources), for up-and-coming winter snowsports athletes from the age of 10 to 18 years old, across all disciplines including Para winter athletes. 2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of Amelia’s passing and since then, the foundation has distributed $194,860 in funds to emerging athletes.
- Amelia McGuiness XC Sprints, Perisher Trails – Sunday 18th August - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
- Amelia McGuiness Memorial Time Trials (Alpine GS, Ski Cross & Snowboard Cross), Perisher - Monday 19th August - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
- Amelia McGuiness Alpine ‘Masters & Apprentices’ Time Trial, Perisher – Monday 19th August - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Entry is by Individual entry through the SSA portal. Entries close August 12. Late entries may be taken on the day of the event, providing the maximum quota of participants has not been reached.
QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th + Friday 8th November
This is the first of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.
Since mid-2018, a small development group has worked on the Conference program and objectives. We anticipate a conference attendance of between 200 to 250, with the intended audience being school Snowsports Coordinators from across Australia, and industry representatives/leaders from the Resorts, the Clubs, the SIA, the APSI, and private providers servicing the Snowsports industry in Australia. The Conference dates are structured to coincide with the new Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards event to be held on the Thursday evening – 7th November.
The Conference Outline.
Day 1 – Thursday 7th November – ‘Framing and Developing’ Snowsports Participation – 10am to 4.00pm
- Framing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Trends in Sport, Snowsports and Industry, including SportAUS, AOC, AIS, OWIA, SSA, NSWIS, Resorts, Clubs, Coaching, Training.
- Developing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Athlete Pathways - from Participation to High Performance, including OWIA, SSA, Previous Athletes, Interschools, Schools.
- Inaugural 2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards – 6.00pm to 10pm
Day 2 – Friday 8th November – ‘Planning and Inspiring’ Snowsports Participation – 9.00am to 2.45pm
- Planning Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Risk Management, Child Safe Sport Strategies, and Participation Event Rules & Guidelines, including SSA, Interschools, Schools, Resorts, Snow Sports Research Academics.
- Inspiring Participation: Keynotes and Panel Presentations on the Athlete Pathway from School to the Olympics, through the inspirational & aspirational lens of previous and current Olympic Snowsports Athletes & Coaches.
The Conference and Awards evening dates are confirmed. The SSA working group is currently working through the finalisation of conference presenters and facilitators, with a view to seeking NESA accreditation for conference attendees. Costings for the full 2-day Conference package, to include all Conference sessions, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus attendance and dinner/drinks at the Thursday evening Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards, are between the $350 to $450 per participant, with the final cost to be released with the initial registration papers due out to schools in early May – the beginning weeks of School Term Two.
QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th November – 6.00pm to 10.00pm
This is the second of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.
Established to compliment the Australian Ski & Snowboard Performance Awards being held in Melbourne on Wednesday May 1st, the Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards have been established to acknowledge and recognise athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, schools, resorts, administrators and programs at the development and pathway level of snow sports. We anticipate a National audience of between 300 to 350 attendees.
The timing of the Community Sport Awards ties in with the end of the domestic winter season in Australia, is held outside of school holidays, and before many athletes and presenters depart for training and competitions in the Northern season. They are also being held during the 2019 National Participation Conference, also being held at the same venue in Canberra, with many attendees of the conference likely to also attend the awards.
An SSA working group will manage the development of this major initiative, with the wider Snowsports community now being consulted on the areas of the sport that should be recognised.
This event is planned to develop into an annual and very significant Awards and Celebration evening that enables us to promote and acknowledge SSA Programs and Activities at Community – Participation – Development – Pathways levels. There will also be a legacy component of this event, which will recognise previous 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.
CLICK HERE for the 2019 NSW, ACT, QLD Event Dates and Draft Schedule
CLICK HERE for the Interschools Calendar of Important 2018 dates, which outline when entries close, course official training dates, etc.