2020 SNOW AUSTRALIA Interschools Event Details

Snow Australia Interschools confirms development of the 2020 SNOW AUSTRALIA Interschools Event at Perisher NSW.  The Event Schedule will expand to 7 days of competition, from Sunday 6th to Saturday 12th September.

NSW/ACT/QLD School Coordinators have been individually invited to attend an Event Information Webinar next Tuesday June 23.

Event organisation and the Provisional Event schedule will be developed with an objective to:

Where schools and school communities have identified challenges in 2020 Event Participation, minimise / remove traditional school coordinator requirements through the development of an individual/family event-entry system using the Snow Australia portal, rather than the traditional Snow Australia Interschools entry system. This will move the demands of organisation and coordination from School Leadership Teams & Systems, to the National Sporting Body – Snow Australia. 

Ensure that all Government, Health and Sport regulations are strictly enforced, including social distancing requirements and maximum event number (gathering) restrictions.

Manage athlete participation numbers in all events through published and capped participation invite lists, to comply with health and safety requirements, that facilitates safe race-arena operations for all, including volunteer course officials and parent spectators, where allowed.

Increase the number of probable night events to facilitate additional event capacity.

Minimise the time out-of-school for Year 11 and Year 12 students. There would be a focus on prioritising the participation experience for Year 12 students.

Separate the majority of event days for the Primary School age participants (Divisions 6, 5, 4), and Secondary School age participants (Divisions 3, 2, 1). A revised and provisional event schedule will be published by Thursday June 25.

An initial schedule overview may look like:

  • Sunday 6th September – Primary Cross County Event (AM) / Primary Downhill Events (PM).
  • Monday 7th September – Primary Downhill Events.
  • Tuesday 8th September - Primary Downhill Events / Amelia McGuiness Memorial Time-Trials + Alpine Masters & Apprentices / Snow Australia Slopestyle Futures Camp.
  • Wednesday 9th September - Secondary Downhill Events / Secondary Slopestyle events.
  • Thursday 10th September – Secondary Downhill Events  
  • Friday 11th September – Secondary Downhill Events.
  • Saturday 12th September – Secondary Cross County Event.

There will be a multiclass event during the Perisher Event week, the scheduled date will be announced Thursday June 25.

Focus on the participation and fun Interschool Snowsports Event experience, with a reduced emphasis on competition results.

 

Current Event participation matters in-discussion include:

Schools may require participants to enter through their school’s event registration process, where that exists. However, participants will have the opportunity to enter individually where their school does not have an event registration process, or the school has determined that it will not be involved in this year’s events. Further details on the revised event-entry system will be published by Thursday 25th June.

There would be no School Team entries in 2020 Events. Entries would be individual only.

To ensure event and participant safety, qualification invites would be determined through documented 2019 Interschool Snowsports NSW Regional + ACT / QLD / SA State event participation and results. These would include the athletes that placed as the Top 20 individuals (female 20 / male 20) in Alpine GS, Ski Cross, Snowboard GS and Snowboard Cross events, also dependent upon achievement of a 2019 State-level qualification time and/or score performance level.  

In Moguls, the Event Qualification list will nominate athletes that achieved a minimum score of 24 (out of 60) in the 2019 Events as indicated above.

In Slopestyle, if held, a minimum score of score of 55 or higher must have been achieved at the 2019 State event, to ensure a 2020 SUBARU Interschools Event invite. Any new participants that did not compete in 2019 would be required to attend a proposed Snow Australia Slopestyle Futures camp (yet-to-be-confirmed), to be held on Tuesday 8th September to assess whether they meet the standard required for competition. The Futures camp will also include skill development training. In the situation that any attendee did not meet the required skill level for event participation, the participant would have their event entry fees fully refunded.

Cross Country may be able to run as an open event. The Primary and Secondary Cross Country Event days will be separated. The Nordic shelter may be not be able to be used by the public, except for the controlled use of the toileting facilities.

Results for all 2020 events will be generated using the best (only) time and/or score of the 2 runs for each individual, in each event.

Results would be generated for individuals only.

Presentations (if held) of Individual medals (Podium 1st / 2nd / 3rd), would be conducted in an outside environment and would involve social distancing requirements. If presentations are not possible due to health or weather safety concerns, medals would be sent to schools after the event (or collected on-site), for schools to present to podium winners at school assemblies, at a later date.

Interschools Snowsports would, where applicable and through application, look to provide school coordinators with school-specific results that would enable schools to celebrate combined athlete ‘team’ results during school assemblies, post-event.

There will be no School Championship Awards in the traditional form. However, Snow Australia may look to recognise whole-of-school performances in the context of the modified formats and eventual participation levels.

Individual Event Entry Charges will be published by Thursday 25th June. The annual NSW/ACT/QLD Athlete Registration charge of $30.00 pa will not be charged in 2020.

Round One entries would open on Monday 20th July (Week 1 of Term Three), and close on Thursday 6th August (Week 3 of Term Three)

After this date, Interschool Snowsports would assess whether additional entries could be permitted in certain disciplines and divisions.

If additional entries can be catered for, a 2nd Invite List would be published on Monday 10th August.

Round Two entries would open on Monday 10th August (Week 4 of Term Three), and close on Thursday 20th August (Week 5 of Term Three)

Any requests for specific individual exemptions to the recommended Qualification Guidelines would be reviewed by an Interschool Snowsports Event Tribunal. Requests would only be considered in writing.