While the nearest alps may be hundreds of kilometres away, Trinity is snowed under with talent on the ski fields. The Trinity Grammar School Snowsports Team has recently completed its competition season, enjoying success at the Sydney, New South Wales and Australian Interschools Championships.
While distance to the nearest ski fields poses the biggest obstacle to practice, Trinity was able to hold its own against stiff competition, from the State and the Nation.
Successfully competing at the 2016 Sydney Interschools Snowsport Championships at Thredbo under beautiful blue sky conditions, the Trinity Snow Sports Team managed to receive six of the eight State invitations on offer, with the Trinity Snowboarders avalanching the Trinity Skiers.
The 2016 NSW State Interschools Championship at Thredbo saw Louis McCrohon of Year 5 competing in two skiing events (Skier Cross and Alpine) and two snowboarding events (Boarder Cross and Snowboard Giant Slalom) – an incredible feat given it required mastery of two very different pieces of equipment and techniques.
Harrison Waters of Year 8 had his first taste of State Championship competition racing in the Division 3 Boarder Cross. He was up against some stiff competition and fared well in the overall standings.
However, it was Kristian Dahan from Year 10 who was exceptional on the board and qualified for the 2016 Australian Snowsports Championship, placing 6th in Division 2 Boarder Cross and enjoying a 3rd place podium finish for the Division 2 Snowboard Giant Slalom.
In an Interschool history-making event, Kristian also became one of the first competitors to enter the new Slopestyle event. Slopestyle sees competitors run through a terrain park full of rails, boxes, jibs and kickers. They are judged by a panel of four Slopestyle experts on style, choice of features and technical ability. Kristian did well in the event, narrowly missing out on a top ten finish.
Kristian represented Trinity at the 2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher in both the Snowboard Giant Slalom and Boarder Cross events. In these two hotly contested events Kristian did the School proud finishing on the podium for both events. Kristian finished second in Division 2 Snowboard Giant Slalom and third in Division 2 Boarder Cross – quite an achievement at the national level.
Snowsports is just one of the many sports on offer at Trinity Grammar School and we encourage boys of all abilities to participate, whether they’re jumping on a snowboard for the first time or skiing for the hundredth time.
At Trinity we believe that sport is fundamental to a boy's education and development, physically, mentally and spiritually. The unique programme of Sport that we offer plays a key role in this aim in many direct and indirect ways, and is an integral part of School life and a well-rounded education. In addition, Trinity became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC), being one of only nine schools in the world to receive this accreditation.
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