By David Green.
This Northern winter, the juniors supported the following skiers at their training in various places all around the USA and Canada. Letitia Murphy, April and Ben Wynn, Will Delaney and Theo Coates. Some of these athletes have already submitted trip reports, and the committee are awaiting reports from the rest. By all reports, there have been some excellent results.
The big news is the SASC Juniors Bus Trip 2018 is moving to Kahane Lodge, Perisher
Dates are Thursday 5th July to Sunday 8th July $450 for one child, less for more children
Includes transport to/from Perisher, accom, food, lift, and lesson
Register interest before 7th May
Attendees will be decided at next juniors meeting on 15th May at Chatswood
Bbq prep day being held at Lane Cove Skiff Club on Sunday 3rd June 2018 from 1 to 3pm
The aim of our bus trip is to improve skiing or snowboarding ability of our young club members, to learn to be responsible and have a great time. Klara Henderson is the bus trip coordinator this year. Contact Klara Henderson mobile: 0411 709 413 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications need to be in before the next juniors committee meeting on Tues 15th May 2018 and if interested in being a parent helper come along to the meeting. Applications will be sorted by age with the older children being offered places first. Application forms will only be sent to successful applicants after cut off age has been determined. See the enclosed flier for further details, please encourage your children to join and take part in this 40+yr tradition within our great club, I can speak from personal experience, that it is a trip of a lifetime for the kids.
The orientation day for camp attendees, is again at the 12ft Skiff Club on Longueville wharf at the end of Stuart St Longueville on 3rd of June. (Thanks as always Michael Este and the club).
Starting at 1 pm with a sausage sizzle and some activities to encourage the bus trippers to mix and meet each other. This is particularly important for the new children to meet the old hands and the 2018 parent helpers. A short information session will allow any questions on bus trip or race training will be discussed.
Junior Race Training will be conducted in July following the camp.
Eight children from the bus trip will be selected to have a week of supervised, ski and cross country race training at Perisher. The Junior committee will pay for race coaching, lift tickets, race entry and transport to races at Thredbo and Charlotte Pass. Parents will need to pay lodge accommodation and provide transport to and from Perisher, which may be shared with other parents.
All race team members will stay at Kahane Lodge under supervision of the team managers. The team members will be required to train for alpine skiing and cross country skiing. This program is designed to give our Juniors the chance to experience race training before progressing to a race club. Fitness before the bus trip is essential for best results. Children are only allowed to be in this team twice to allow many to experience this training.
Thredbo Junior Interclub Tuesday 17th July, 2018
We will be conducting training preceding the Junior Interclub on Tuesday 17th July. This will be held at Perisher. If there are any children who would like to train with a coach please make yourself known to the committee, and come around to Perisher. Those juniors, who have attended the training, thought it was a valuable experience to be able to hone their racing skills. We are always willing to listen to suggestions on how we can encourage that older group and younger group, who have some race experience (over 13 to 18yr olds) to race for SASC in the Junior Interclub.
We will need to have SASC competitors entered in all age groups (up to 19 yrs) to have a chance to improve last year’s 2nd place. We are fortunate to have a growing number of race club juniors competing for us, but not in all age groups! Race training is not essential and you do not need to be registered for Interschools. The Junior committee will pay race entry and 1 day lift ticket for the children who participate. If you are interested please register with Kim Easdale at email@example.com or phone 0412 851 615 before 5 July 2018.
Paddy Pallin Junior Shield Races are being planned for Wed 18 July 2018 (weather permitting) at Charlotte Pass. This is the event where racing is great fun for everyone, all school age children and students are invited to participate in alpine ski, snowboard and/or cross country events. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are offered for boys and girls in each age group. Paddy Pallin awards are presented to the fastest overall boy & girl in alpine and cross country disciplines. James and Joan Delaney Combined trophies are awarded to highest combined results for alpine and cross country events. Snowboarders are also catered for with their own division. Day trippers are welcome to join in at Charlotte Pass.
To qualify for the bib draw please register your intention to race by contacting the race coordinator at Charlotte Pass Lodge on Sun or Mon 16/7/17. If you would like more information please contact Rod Peile.
Sponsorship for Junior racers
The SASC Lodge Cooperative has made available some funding for children who actively participate in Perisher or Thredbo race clubs and participate in our junior events.
Children who wish to apply for this kind offer need to give the Junior Committee the following information: the race club in which they intend to enroll, their results in the last year, their availability for Junior Interclub, approximate racing club costs, whether they trained /raced in the Northern winter and/or their southern summer training regime.
All responses are to go Lisa Manoy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Juniors meeting is on Tuesday 15th May, 2018 Everyone is welcome, We will finalize details for this year's events, so please contact me on 0413470099 if you have any questions regarding our Juniors program.
Unfortunately due to much needed blizzard on 13th July racing did not go ahead.
Many of the children registered for the Paddy Pallin entered the Charlotte Pass Standard Race on Thursday 14th July set on the Waterfall run.
Southern Alps used the results of the Standard Race to determine the 2016 Junior Alpine Champions and holders of the Martin Walkers Memorial Trophy - congratulations to Hannah Williams and James Lahoud.
The Paddy Pallin Cross Country Race was also cancelled due to poor weather but we were fortunate to be able to set a course on Thursday 14th July at the back of the Charlotte Pass Chalet. The Junior Race team made up most of the entries plus last years Cross COuntry champion Dexter Schneider. Fasted girl to complete two laps was Hannah Williams and fastest boy was William Elliot, congratulations to both who are 2016 Junior Cross Country Champions and holders of the Rex Cox Shield.
Junior Bus Trip
The trip at the end of June made the most of the snow conditions - like all resorts this year Charlotte Pass was affected by a lack of natural snow. The resort team did everything possible to extend the ski area. In the end there was enough to test the kids and select the squad to train at Perisher.
Thanks to the trip supervisors, Lodge managers Chris and Ally and the Charlotte Pass Staff for ensuring the success of our trip.
Junior Race team
The race team members selected during the bus trip to train at Perisher are: Indy Cairns, Missy Manoy, Thomas Elliot, Henry Pike, James Lahoud, Sebastian Skawrko-O'Leary, Jacqueline Lee & Hannah Williams.
Thredbo Junior Interclub
Our team did very well to come come second only 3 points behind the Ski Club of Australia - well done team and suporters.
Paddy Pallin Junior Shield
This year was the 56th year running this event.
We are very grateful experienced hand Colin Benjamin was staying at Southern Alps with his three grandchildren and was willing to help organise the races. Kim Easdale and Joan Gardner also provided excellent support.
The cross country was held in the morning on the remaining natural snow on the shaded portion of road up to turning circle at the Pass.
Charlotte Pass Ski school, led by Jill Langeveld did everything possible to ensure we could hold the alpine race - in the end we did this on Wednesday afternoon after normal lift closing time.
The race was well supported with entries from nine of the 12 lodges and the Chalet. There were only a few SASC entries because the lodge wasn't full and the Junior race team could not make the late start.
NSW Junior Alpine Champions
SASC junior skiers were awarded this prize for consistent results during the 2015 winter season.