03 September 2014

Snow Sports club beats weather – and medal tally

Group of snow loving students

Cheer on our Snow Sports club as they compete this week in the Australian University Championships at Mount Buller.

RMIT Snow Sports club (RUSS) has returned from the recent Victorian Intervarsity Games with four medals, coming fifth overall in the competition.

The club had the largest team in the competition, with 45 RMIT competitors, and despite foggy conditions, managed to improve their ranking from 2013.

Emily Bamford, who was part of Australia’s team at the recent Sochi Winter Olympics, won a gold medal for RMIT in the female Alpine Super Giant Slalom competition.

Max Lennox and Elliott Gaynor claimed silver and bronze respectively in the male Ski Slopestyle.

Jens Gillebo claimed bronze in the male Boardercross, a competition in which a group of snowboarders race down a winding, inclined course to reach the finish line first.

Every year, on the last weekend of July, RUSS travels to Mt Buller to compete against other Victorian universities in the games.

While Victoria has had an excellent snow season this year, the weather during the games was not favourable. Wet and foggy conditions greeted competitors and remained throughout most of the events, which made competition hard.

Several events, including Slopestyle, had to be postponed on a number of occasions. It was finally held on the last day of competition.

The medal count and competition were complimented by the great social scene and facilities at RMIT’s Mount Buller Ski Lodge.

Members of the club will also be participating in the Australian University Championships (Snow Sports) at Mt Buller, from 3-7 September.

To join or for more information, visit Snow Sports club.

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