Everyone on the hill was blessed with perfect conditions for all four days of competition. There were blue bird skies with temperatures as low as -12 overnight, coupled with a rock solid snow surface which made for the best race conditions in many years.
National Champions and National Junior Champions were crowned in both GS and SL over the four days. Lavinia Chrystal dominated the series winning all four races and collecting both the GS and SL National Crowns. The men’s side saw some tighter competition with Ross Peraudo winning the GS crown and Mike Rishworth winning the SL title.
The four National Junior Titles were captured by just two athletes as Alec Scott and Kathryn Parker found themselves on top of the podium for both the GS and SL events.
The brilliant conditions meant that the young guns at the back of the pack had a great surface to compete on, and many athletes took advantage. Many first year FIS athletes made outstanding results which will put them in good stead when they compete in northern hemisphere competitions where the field size will be much larger.
It was fantastic to have Perisher hosting FIS events again, the slalom race hill Hypertrail offered a little bit of everything and challenged even the best athletes on the day. Many thanks to Perisher, and in particular the Perisher Events Department for putting on two great days of racing and we are looking forward to many more in the future. Thanks also to Kosciuszko Thredbo and the Thredbo Ski Racing Club for hosting the GS races to the high standards we have grown accustomed.
Special thanks to both Kosciuszko Thredbo and Perisher for supporting our National Alpine Ski Team members by supplying free lifting for the competition days.
Congratulations also to Australian Olympian Alice Chilcott (Jones) who completed her first assignment as a qualified FIS Technical Delegate. I am sure everyone involved would agree that Alice did a great job over the two days. Becoming a TD is a big commitment and Australian ski racing is fortunate and grateful to have someone like Alice giving back to the sport.
Looking ahead the first leg of the SSA National Children’s Series will be contested at Falls Creek starting on August 23. The nation’s best U16 and U14 athletes will compete over three days in GS, SL and Parallel SL. The Race Notice will provide all the required information ahead of the event.
After recent review, it has been decided that the SSA points list will be adjusted at the beginning of each domestic season so that the top competitor in each gender and discipline will have 100 points. All other athlete’s points have been adjusted proportionately. This adjustment will eliminate the general trend of our SSA points rising year on year, and will also lessen the impact of penalties applied to injury status and lack of results. This new list will be used at Falls Creek and can be found on the SSA Website.
Rounding out the very busy schedule in August is the Suzuki National Snowsports Championships at Mt. Hotham. This event is made up of the all important first leg of the Australia New Zealand Continental Cup Series. We are expecting an extremely competitive international field. Our Aussie Olympians will be competing, so too will Olympian Nolan Kasper (USA) and a handful of other top flight international competitors all out to gain all important Continental Cup points before the series heads to New Zealand. The Race Notice provides all the required information ahead of the event.
The complete list of National Champions and National Junior Champions is as follows:
National SL Champion: Lavinia Chrystal
National GS Champion: Lavinia Chrystal
National Junior GS Champion: Kathryn Parker
National Junior SL Champion: Kathryn Parker
National SL Champion: Mike Rishworth
National GS Champion: Ross Peraudo
National Junior GS Champion: Alec Scott
National Junior SL Champion: Alec Scott