SHARE
On the slopes . . . Mackenzie College's Caitlin Holmes takes part in last year's Aoraki Secondary Schools Ski and Snowboard Championships at Mt Dobson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

Despite weekend snow causing better conditions for the Aoraki Secondary Schools Ski and Snowboard Championships, the weather also forced the postponement of the competition.

The interschool event was set to be held at Mt Dobson on Sunday, but the event was postponed until this weekend, due to conditions in the days leading up to the competition preventing the course from being set up.

Sport Canterbury Aoraki regional sport co-ordinator Kate Ormsby said there were 132 competitors registered for the event.

There would be junior and senior ski sections, and an overall category for the high school-age snowboarders, she said.

This was an increase on numbers last year, when a total of 119 skiers and snowboarders had registered.

The annual interschool event will be held at Mt Dobson this Sunday, weather permitting.

Mt Hutt College dominated the 2018 event, claiming first in the junior girls, second in the junior boys, gold in the open boys’ snowboarding, team boys’ skiing, teams snowboarding, the junior mixed ski teams category, and second in the mixed ski teams section.

Waihi School, Twizel Area School, Craighead Diocesan School, Geraldine High School and Mackenzie College were also well represented last year.

The next competition on the 2019 calendar is the South Island Secondary Schools Championships, which will be held at Cardrona, near Wanaka, on September 16.