Redlands achieved stunning success at the National Interschools Snowsports Championships, with the team bringing home eight Gold, two Silver and four Bronze medals, and a total of 39 Top 10 places.
The spectacular result was delivered by a 55-strong Redlands contingent, in a competition that concluded on Sunday and spanned five days of skiing and snowboarding activities on the slopes of Mount Buller.
“Redlands has a very strong record of achievement when it comes to skiing and snowboarding, but even by our standards, this was an extraordinary result,” said Redlands Principal Dr Peter Lennox.
“It is always wonderful to see great skill, intense training and expert tuition translate into results, and I congratulate all of the students who participated.”
The Captain of Skiing, Year 12 student Zoe Spanos, led the School to victory and claimed a number of medals for herself along the way.
In total she won Gold in the Division 1 Girls Alpine and Division 1 Girls Skier Cross, and also led her team to Gold in the Division 1 Girls Alpine and Silver in Division 1 Girls Skier Cross.
In the Division 1 Girls Alpine, Zoe set a blistering pace with her first run which was 1.25 seconds faster than the Division 1 Boys winner.
Following this, her time for both runs was the fastest time across all students in the competition, both boys and girls.
“Over the years Zoe has earned a formidable reputation in Snowsports, and her results here are a splendid culmination of those efforts. Zoe has done herself and her School proud,” said Dr Lennox.
Also of note, a number of Redlands up-and-comers continued to establish their prowess on the slopes, taking out Gold medals in younger age categories.
Twelve-year-old George Murphy, who is in Year 6, won Gold in the Division 4 Boys Moguls, and Daisy Thomas, who is in Year 3 and aged just 8, brought home Gold in the Division 5 Girls Moguls.
“A combination of skill and training saw these two young people bring home Gold, which is just wonderful. They have certainly established themselves as ‘ones to watch’ in the future,” said Dr Lennox.
In addition to the four individual Gold medals, Redlands teams also won the Division 1 Girls Alpine, Division 5 Girls Alpine, Division 4 Boys Moguls and Division 5 Girls Moguls.
The achievements all follow on from Redlands’ success at the recent NSW Interschools where they achieved 23 podium finishes – 14 team and 9 individual.
The Division 1 Girls Team won Gold in both the Alpine and Skier Cross events and, for the fifth year out of the last six, were awarded the Amelia McGuinness Trophy for being the fastest girls team on the slopes.