Twenty-two Tudor House students showed off their skills on the slopes at the NSW Interschools State Championships recently.
The Perisher mountain slopes were awash with the Tudor House red jackets and helmet covers, as students participated in racing lessons specific to their discipline and competed in a variety of events.
The division four cross country freestyle event was hotly contested with a lot of schools vying for poll position.
The students raced well, and Phoenix Sparke made it through to nationals individually as he finished in 13th place. Max Manka finished in 18th place, Sam Gipson at 22nd, Boris Bunda at 23rd, Roo Taylor at 27th, Archie McLean at 36th, Hugh Squire-Wilson at 39th, James Noble at 41st, Austin McLean at 45th, Hamish Gardner at 49th, Elliot Bryden at 54th, Hamish Barber at 57th and Charlie Gubbins at 62nd.
The group qualified two Tudor House teams for nationals in the XC division four relay.
Team A, which was made up of Max Manka, Boris Bunda and Phoenix Sparke, place third. Austin McLean, Roo Taylor and Sam Gipson carried team B to sixth place.
Team C, made up of Archie McLean, Hamish Barber and James Noble finished in 11th place.
Hamish Gardner, Charlie Gubbins and Elliot Bryden of team D finished 15th.
In the division five cross country freestyle event, George Manka finished fourth and qualified for the nationals.
Several other students performed well including Val Bunda who finished in 27th place as well as Miller Twomey in 32nd place, Declan Twomey in 37th place and Lachie Noble in 38th place.
It was a long way around that course and the competitors raced with grit and determination.
In the division five XC Relay, Tudor’s team B in finished 12th place with good performances from Val Bunda, Lachie Noble and Declan Twomey.
Team A’s George Manka, Miller Twomey and Ollie Estens was close to team B, as it placed 13th.
A special mention went to Ollie Estens, who raced for his brother at the last minute and allowed the team to compete. The Division 6 Alpine team finished 11th. Congratulations went to George Manka who finished 4th and went through to nationals. Lachie Noble finished 42nd, Ollie Estens finished 59th and Declan Twomey was unlucky to crash out but finished around 54th.
In Division 4, Max Manka finished equal 14th and is onto nationals. There was some fantastic racing form Manka, displaying speed, skill and determination, resulting in a combined time of 59.64 secs. There were 4 seconds between 1st and 15th. The youngest members of the team finished 8th in the division six skier X.
George Manka came second, while Lachie Nobel placed 37th and Declan Twomey had two great runs and placed 42nd.
Ewan McLaughlin finished second and Eddie Savage finished third in the division five multi-class event.
In division four snowboard X Sam Gipson, James Nobel and Max Manka finished 10th as a team.
In the snowboard GS, Sam Gipson finished 21st and James Noble finished 23rd.
Skiing up a storm in the division five moguls, George Manka placed 11th which sent him through to Nationals. Miller Twomey wrapped up the day as he finished 49th.