Role model on the slopes

Thursday 23 October 2014

There has been a lot of hype this year surrounding Snowsports at St Catherine’s, and with good reason: in our 55th year of competition, we have had one of our most successful seasons to date.

At the Victorian Interschools Championships, St Catherine’s won both the Overall Senior Girls Section and the Overall Primary Girls Section. At the Australian Interschools Championships, we came first in the Overall Senior Girls Division by an impressive 85 points, and second in the Overall Primary Girls Division, missing out on first place by just six points.

We also had a total of 175 girls from across the School competing at our annual House Snowsports event – a record level of participation.

Our success has largely been inspired by St Catherine’s Old Girl Anna Segal (’04), who has been making a name for herself in the world of Snowsports ever since leaving School. In February this year, we all watched in awe as Anna, the 2011 Slopestyle World Champion, competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Anna proudly represented her country in the Freestyle event, which was only introduced to the Olympics for the first time this year.

After suffering many serious injuries, including to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Anna was uncertain leading up to the Sochi Games as to whether she would be able to land the difficult tricks required in the Slopestyle event. She demonstrated great determination and perseverance to keep trying in the face of adversity. Without an ACL, your knee becomes unstable and balance can often be lost, particularly when trying to land in snow off 60-foot jumps. Most people in this situation would give up and be in for surgery instantly to repair the damage, but not Anna. After years of training and with only a few weeks until the Olympics, she rested for three weeks, strapped her knee and hoped for the best. She ended up competing on knees which were so damaged that she had to get medical clearance only days before taking to the snow.

At the end of her competition, we waited with bated breath while the judges tallied the scores for the final skier. The results for the event were finally announced and Anna placed a close fourth. Afterwards, many people commented on how close she had come and what bad luck it was to miss out on a medal. When interviewed soon after, Anna commented that she could not have asked for any more and that she was ecstatic with her result. She had achieved an amazing feat and was so happy with the outcome. After thinking her dreams were dashed, Anna had accomplished the impossible and achieved at the highest level in her sport.

St Catherine’s was lucky enough to have Anna as a guest speaker at our end-of-season Snowsports Dinner this year. She spoke to the girls about the highs and lows of the sport and her tumultuous journey over the last decade. What resonated the most with me was that her focus was on her own personal best and competing for the love of the sport rather than for the results and glory.

Anna reflected on her time at St Catherine’s and the many opportunities that presented themselves as a result. She confirmed what we already know: that our girls are so fortunate to be able to participate in a huge range of sports and other co-curricular activities while at School. When recalling her time as Snowsports Captain in 2004, she revealed that she couldn’t even remember where she placed during the event. What had stayed with her was the memory of how much fun she had had competing for St Catherine’s.

Anna Segal is living proof that winning isn’t everything. Just as important are giving things a go, trying something new and having fun in the process.

Miss Skye Stansfield
Snowsports Coordinator

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