Mentone Girls’ Grammar student, Georgia Richardson, hit the powder at Mt Buller last week (Thursday 7 September), placing in the Top 20 of Australia at the Interschools SnowSports National Championships.
Georgia, currently studying in Year 7, placed 14th out of 61 skiers in the Giant Slalom event, which involves skiing between sets of poles (i.e. gates) spaced at a greater distance to each other.
Head of Sport, Ms Libby Lewin, said, “We are firm believers that sport and PE are major ingredients in the making of strong, confident young women and we are so proud of Georgia’s achievement in qualifying for Nationals, let alone placing in the Top 20. This is an extraordinary achievement for such a small school like Mentone Girls’ Grammar and we love seeing our students excel in sports they are truly passionate about.”
To qualify for Nationals, Georgia first competed in the Victorian Interschools SnowSports Championships, coming in seventh against 230 skiers in Giant Slalom and recording the fifth best time of the 1st run at 38.52 seconds.
“I have been skiing since I was three years old, but only really started participating in competitive events at the age of ten. My favourite skiing spot in Australia is Mt Buller because it’s where I first learnt how to ski, so I was ecstatic to compete in a national event there, going up against some of the best skiers in Australia,” said Georgia.
Georgia also trains at a specialist skiing camp in Leogang in Austria during the summer holidays.
“I am really happy to have placed in the Top 20 because it really spurs me on to keep training and develop my skiing skills, so that maybe I can be in the Top 10 next year. My favourite event is Giant Slalom, mainly because it has long turns, but it’s also my personal best. The hardest event is SkiX so that’s something I definitely want to improve on,” said Georgia.