NSTC hosts successful inaugural school holiday program

Published Fri 19 Apr 2024

The National Snowsports Training Centre (NSTC) recently concluded its first-ever school holiday program, marking a significant milestone in Snow Australia's commitment to nurturing young talents in snow sports.

The program which spanned first week of the NSW School holidays, featured 18 enthusiastic young athletes of varying abilities, all eager to hone their skills and unleash their potential on the dry slopes prior to the upcoming winter.

The fantastic program staff were able to cater to individuals at every stage of their snow sports journey, creating a dynamic environment for all participants.  Thanks to this inclusive approach, all the participants were able to make significant improvement to their jumping skill set. 

Each day kicked off in the NSTC Acro hall, where participants were able not only to do warmups and get ready for the day, but also use the trampolines, equipped with state-of-the-art harnesses and indoor airbags to hone their skills and elevate their air awareness. This prepared them mentally and physically for the air bag jump sessions that followed at the NSTC Park. 

The participants were able to use the new NSTC Clubhouse as their base for the week, which also provided the perfect vantage point for parents and families to spectate and cheer on the athletes as they impressed with their jumping skills. 

“This camp has been so much fun, I’ve learnt so much and really improved," said Ivy Wu, one of the program participants. "I love the air bag, where we have learnt to do way more tricks. I can’t wait to come back.

"The coaches are all really nice and heaps of fun.  The coolest trick I’ve seen this week was Anton’s cork tricks. I hope to get my 360s down this camp so I can take it to snow this season.”

The program provided two jump sessions daily at the NSTC Park, allowing participants to progress their aerial skills and push the boundaries of their abilities under the guidance of the NSTC coaches.

Jasper Lee-Smith’s mum, Kathryn said, “Jasper has loved the camp, he is just thrilled! His highlight has been hitting the medium jump and stomping 360s on the small jump.

"I think his best trick has been the backside three with a tail grab. He has progressed so much, he is stoked!”

As the program drew to a close, participants and organisers alike expressed their eagerness for future editions of the school holiday program. The sense of camaraderie and achievement fostered during the program has left everyone counting down the days until they could reunite on the slopes during winter. 

In recognition of the dedication and hard work exhibited by all involved, the NSTC extends a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to participants, families, and staff. Their collective efforts contributed to making the inaugural School Holiday Program a resounding success, setting the stage for even greater achievements in the future.