Quadrella for St Catherine’s Snowsports
St Catherine’s snowsports teams have done it again! For the fourth year in a row they have taken out the National Championships in the primary and secondary division.
Our St Catherine’s students produced some outstanding performances, which ultimately contributed towards St Catherine’s Schools fourth consecutive, Australian Interschools Championship Victory.
Our primary division team had a 54 point win over second place winners Canberra Girls’ Grammar (56). With a great team effort overall there are some particularly noteworthy efforts. Matisse Stafford (Year 6) was crowned individual Division 4 Alpine and Skier X National Champion. A truly outstanding result. Lily Maisano (Year 6) also found her way onto the individual podium obtaining 2nd place in the Snowboard GS to complete a successful Nationals campaign. Barbreck Snowsports Captain, Sienna Opray (Year 6) also performed exceptionally securing third place in the Skier X. The Division 4 Skier X was a triumphant event for St Catherine’s with no fewer than five students finishing in the top ten.
St Catherine’s senior team were never in doubt as they extended a near 70-point lead to finishing first overall on 158 points, ahead of Melbourne Girls’ Grammar, 85 points and Methodist Ladies’ College, 71 points.
Off the back of St Catherine’s team success, there were many individual and divisional team successes. In Division 1, the girls stamped their mark in the Cross Country Classic Race with both teams finishing 2nd and 3rd on the podium. Willow Burrell (Year 11) and Claudia Richardson (Year 11) both recorded top 10 individual performances in the race. Our Division 1 Alpine team also secured a top 3 podium finish, with Snowsports Captain, Arrabella Houghton (Year 12) finishing 9th individually.
In Division 2, the Skier X and Alpine teams performed extremely well, placing second and third respectively, in each team event. Amelia Maisano (Year 10) finished 9th individually in the Skier X. The girls Cross Country Classic team also performed well finishing 3rd overall in the race, with Annelise Cody recording a 7th place individually. A special mention must also go to Annabel Lees (Year 10) who finished inside the top 10 in the moguls event.
In Division 3 our students demonstrated their strength as they dominated the division. Amelia Jones (Year 8) led by example, demonstrating a masterclass of skill as she recorded National Championship victories in the Alpine and Skier X. Catherine Chen (Year 7) also put her skills on show as she recorded an outstanding 2nd place overall in the Moguls event. Both girls assisted their teams recording podium Silver medals in the team Alpine and Moguls events. The Skier X team of Amelia Jones (Year 8), Madeleine Hooker (Year 7) and Claudia Coombe-Tennant (Year 7) were able to produce one better as this team placed 1st overall in the event. Our Snowboarder X team also made it onto the podium in 3rd place, with Jessica Yang (Year 8) finishing top 10 individually in both snowboard disciplines. Our Cross Country girls were equally as impressive as the team consisting of Zara Bongiorno (Year 7), Chloe Joubert (Year 8) and Emily McAllister (Year 8) finished 1st overall in the Cross Country Classic Race. Zara Bongiorno (Year 7), Madeleine Hooker (Year 7) and Ava Lansell (Year 8) managed to secure Silver in the Cross Country Skate Relay Race.
Head of Sports, Mr Lloyd Knight acknowledges the tremendous team effort in claiming the title from the mountain, “Thanks to all the staff, parents and Snowsports Auxiliary for supporting the snowsports program. Without their support and care, our students would not be able to participate.”