Snow Sports and Good Times at Mt Buller

Bialik College students, parents and teachers hit the slopes of Mt Buller last week for an action packed week of racing, presentations and camping.  Beginning on Sunday 5 August, they arrived at a sunny Mt Buller and quickly settled into their lodge.  Prior to fitting skis, boots and helmets, the 25 camp students (from Years 7-8) enjoyed some free time in the village surrounding some warm open fires.

On Monday morning, lessons for the camping group began, and the racing kicked off at the Skyline course with the Maccabi Giant Slalom event (results below). Conditions were cold, but morale was cheerful with everyone happy to be skiing in fresh powder. The afternoon saw the second racing event on the Sky Line Ski Cross Course (results below). After a long but exciting first day the campers ate a great meal and swapped stories from the day.

The following day, the Arnold Bloch Leibler Australian Jewish Schools SnowSports event took place on Little Buller Spur, with the Bialik students once again being led by team captain Lili Cooper (Year 10). The team ranged in age from Year 1 to Year 10, with an assortment of experienced and first time racers.

The snow continued to fall at Mt Buller up until Wednesday night with plenty of fresh snow available for the students to practice the skills that were taught in the lessons.  On Wednesday night, several students from the camp organised an entertainment for the evening.

Campers woke up Thursday morning to an absolutely beautiful sunrise which led to an almost perfect day – Blue Bird!  The beginners and first timers were able to finally experience the wonder of skiing with visibility. The intermediate and advanced groups lapped up the conditions with camp volunteers, Anton Fitt and Brad Defranceschi. On Thursday night, thanks were made to all those who helped make the camp a success – Bonnie for her generous cooking and lively entertainment, Gary Brand, Julie Hart, Anton and Brad, and Rachel Foy. Milla G (Year 7) and Aaron B (Year 8) were awarded for being The Campers of the 2018 Ski Camp.

Well done to every student, both racing and campers, who displayed resilience, fellowship and a persistence to improve. Many thanks also go to the parents of the racing students who were very generous with support for both their children and other children. It is much appreciated and required to create a great community atmosphere.

Good luck next week to those students who will be competing at the Victorian Interschools, Mt Buller.

Jewish Interschools Giant Slalom on Little Buller Spur

Lili C, 1st in Division 2 Girls; Phoebe C, 2nd in Division 6 Girls; Jason D, 3rd in Division 5 Boys; Ben D, 3rd in Division 3 Boys; Justin K, 5th in Division 4 Boys; Sabe P, 5th in Division 3 Boys; Pippa D, 6th in Division 3 Girls; Zac H, 8th in Division 3 Boys; Elly D, 9th in Division 3 Girls; Amelie K, participated in Division 6 girls

Monday 6th Jewish Interschools Ski Cross on Skyline

Lili C, 1st in Division 2 Girls; Jason D, 4th in Division 5 Boys

Monday 6th Maccabi Giant Slalom on Skyline

Lili C, 2nd in Division 1 Girls; Jason D, 2nd in Division 5 Boys; Pippa D, 2nd in Division 3 Girls; Phoebe C, 2nd in Division 5 Girls; Amelie K 3rd in Division 5 Girls; Elly D, 4th in Division 3 Girls; Zac H, 6th in Division 3 Boys; Justin K, 6th in Division 4 Boys; Ben D, 9th in Division 2 Boys; Sabe P, 11th in Division 2 Boys

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