TSRC – That’s a wrap for the 2018 season

Hi Everyone,

Well that’s a wrap for the 2018 Australian season – and what a season it was. Great snow right from the first day of training – resulting in the athletes having lots of quality hours on the hill – and thanks to the great work of Richard, KT and the grooming team – excellent mountain access and lane space.  This year saw TSRC provide consistent quality training from a great team of coaches. We had access to lane space on a daily bases that allowed age appropriate courses for SL and GS from FIS through to the under 12’s and we also provided a good mix of skills, drills, free skiing and technical free skiing as well as time on the “blades”.  While in most cases training hard – the athletes also appeared to have a pretty good time – with friendships and a supportive culture being a key attribute of the “club”.

Before we all move into summer mode and then for many, head over to the northern winter ski fields there are a few items to wrap up;

Volunteers

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the TSRC volunteers including parents, carers, past members and friends of the club.

TSRC is a “Not for profit” – with no government or external funding. Without the volunteer “army” that is TSRC we could not do what we do.

From day one this season the “army” was on the job – getting the club house ready, repairing equipment, cleaning the club house, running the TSRC cup, Interschools starters for Northern Division, States, the Redlands cup, and a fantastic volunteer effort to host the SSA Races.

To each and every person who volunteered; the TSRC committee, race officials and gate keepers, uniforms, the catering and hospitality crew, the back-pack fillers, the B-netting crew, the gate and equipment preparers, the slippers and course workers and everyone else – thank you.  TSRC literally could not run without you.  Hopefully you had fun doing it. 

Volunteers for TSRC working groups

In addition to the “in season” volunteers – we are also seeking assistance from members to assist the Committee on a number of areas we are working on. We are hoping to have a few people interested in assisting us in each category.

We have listed the areas below – if you are interested could you contact us at info@thredboskiracing.com indicating which area you are interested in:

Sponsorships/Fund raising

Scholarships

PR/ Social media/website

Alumni program

Race wrap up

SSA Children’s carnival September 10-12th

Congratulations to the athletes who participated in the SSA Children’s race series. It was series with great racing and great sportsmanship.

We loved seeing the TSRC athletes supporting each other – whether celebrating success or commiserating a fall. TSRC definitely had the loudest cheer squad – the biggest cheer being for Izzy when she came back from the Perisher FIS races to forerun the SL. The cheer could be hearing up at the start!

TSRC athletes took out nearly half of all podiums. Well done to all those who medalled and to all those who participated.  The professionalism of the race officials, the hill preparation and the now legendary TSRC hospitality and catering resulted in many accolades during the races and in writing afterwards. Thank you and well done to everyone.

Results for the SSA races can be found on the TSRC web site.

FIS Races – September 10-11th September

Well done to all of the TSRC FIS athletes on a strong season. A long trip in the middle of the season to Victoria with some trying weather conditions – and culminating in the last week with the Perisher FIS races. Perisher was by all accounts a great series with some season best skiing from the TSRC FIS team. Congratulations to Zoe, Cat, Kate, Maddie, Liam, Tommy, Emma, Izzy and Jasper and to our TSRC FIS alumni; Adele, Lucy, Theo, Jack and Connor.

End of season awards

Thanks to everyone who came along to the end of season drinks and awards on Saturday 1st September.

Congratulations to our award winners. We will award age Group Champions at the welcome BBQ in 2019 – based on SSA points and FIS points at the end of the Australian season.

Special mention and congratulations to the Volunteer of the year – Hugh Dowling

Thanks to Racers Edge for their kind contribution of prizes (wax and edge) for the under 12 and under 14 athletes and for Hugh.

The evening concluded with the kids thanking the coaches in their respective age groups. Thanks to Zali, Alice, Luke and Arabella who thanked Patrick, Nick and Steph and behalf of the year 12’s to Cate, Geoffrey and Sasha who thanked Davide, Kathy and Robin on behalf of the year 14’s, to Laidley, Charlotte and Tish and who thanked Frenchy, Nadia and Simon on behalf of the year 16’s and Izzy and Cat for thanking Joe on behalf of FIS. Thanks also to the year 16 girls (new girl band?)  for their amazing rendition of “I did it my way” – not sure any of them have a future as singers – however the laughter and friendship evident in what they performed is indicative of the TSRC culture – thanks girls.

Lockers and club house

Could we please ask everyone to clean out your lockers by the 13th September being the last Saturday of school holidays? We will be locking the club house which means there will be no access until next season.

Save the date – End of season BBQ Saturday 13th October at Lou and Justin Phillips property at Bilpin

Just when you thought it was all over – we are pleased to invite everyone to a year-end BBQ on Saturday 13th October 2018 starting at 12 noon. Bilpin is (I am told)  approx. 90 minutes south of Sydney and 90 minutes North of Canberra..

The legendry TSRC hospitality team with be providing a glorious array of food. Lots of activities for the kids including swimming etc.

BYO drinks (alcoholic/soft drinks/water)

The BBQ will kick off at12 noon.

There is  local accommodation for those wishing to stay overnight on the Saturday night at local B&B’s. Additional details will be sent out via separate invitation shortly.

Can you please RSVP to info@thredboskiracing.com if you are able to attend – with number of attendees – will just help for catering.

Thanks to Lou and Justin – Fiona and the hospitality team – should be a fun casual afternoon.

What’s ahead for TSRC

We are looking forward to 2019 and beyond as we continue to refine and consolidate TSRC’s position as Australia’s premier ski racing club.

During 2018 TSRC has worked closely with the Kosciuszko Thredbo management team – in particular Stuart Diver, Adam Hosie and Peter Fleming to ensure access to quality hill space, optimal slope grooming and the placement of experienced coaches. In addition, we have been discussing how TSRC fits in with KT’s plans for a re-invigorated Development Squad and Mountain Academy. Both KT and TSRC have adopted SSA’s new Alpine Roadmap and KT will be adding new levels to Mountain Academy across the various Snow sports disciplines.

Out of these changes TSRC has confirmed its position as the provider of the highest-level or “elite” ski race training in Thredbo. With our role comes the responsibility to continue to lift the skill level of our athletes, and to evolve our programs over time.  In particular, we have already commenced work on a new FIS program to ensure that TSRC and Thredbo can offer a program that enables all FIS athletes to meet their training and competitive aspirations. 

Season final wrap…

On behalf of the TSRC committee – a huge thank you to KT and the mountain staff, to our wonderful TSRC coaches, to Richard our super hard working and inspiring club captain, to all of you who volunteered over the season, to all the TSRC parents and supporters and most importantly to the TSRC athletes – which is who we all do it for.

On a personal note my first year as TSRC President has not surprisingly been one of highs and lows –  and many learnings. Thanks for your patience and support. At TSRC we are all volunteers – trying to do the best that we can for the athletes.

One special thank you has to go to my husband Mark and to my two girls. Thank you for your support, patience, self-sufficiency (even when sick and sore) – and for your strength of character – I know it was not always easy.

We look forward seeing you at the BBQ on the 13th October – to staying in touch over summer – and in the run up to 2019 – via the web site, email and the TSRC face book page (thanks Meagan). If you do not follow the TSRC face book page now is a good time to do so.

Thanks again to everyone – in particular The TSRC athletes – for a great 2018. Bring on 2019!

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