Results bode well for future of school

20:10, Sep 20 2012

Mackenzie College carved up the slopes with great success at the South Island schools ski championships at Cadrona last weekend.

The school's boys' team finished second, behind Wanaka's Mount Aspiring College, while the girls' team finished third.

Less than two seconds separated the top three girls' teams, with Cashmere High School in first and Nelson College for Girls second.

Mackenzie College snow sports squad manager Nigel Wilson said despite limited snow at the start of the season and reduced training time, the school entered eight students in the event.

“This event marks the end of school's race season and the gains made by the students have been due to the efforts of the Roundhill Ski Team and the Mt Dobson Ski Club, as well as Mackenzie College's own snow sports programme," he said.

On the Sunday in the Gravity Ski-X event - a knockout which featured four skiers racing at the same time - seven Mackenzie College students gained a place in the top 16, with Megan Gallagher the best performer, finishing fourth. Bradley Staley was the top Mackenzie boy in 10th position.

"This is an excellent level of performance for two relatively youthful teams who all still have next year for further improvement and some of them still have three or four more years to compete in this event," Mr Wilson said.

"Next year Mackenzie College aims to have a bigger presence at this event, with a large number of good young skiers coming through."