Paddy Pallin Junior -55th Annual Cross Country Ski Event

Forty-four keen skiers competed in the 55th Paddy Pallin Junior cross country ski event on Saturday 29 June 2013.

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While snow conditions were sparse, a clear day ensured enjoyable skiing for all involved. Participants ranged in age from four to sixteen years, with skiers competing over varying distances from 50 metres to 5 kilometres with multiple laps of the sprint bowl at the Perisher Cross Country Ski Centre.  The focus of the Paddy Pallin Juniors is to promote participation in cross country skiing and therefore skiers are only awarded their time taken to complete the course, rather than given a placing.  Participation in the event increased by eight per cent from last year, largely due to the support of  KAC , NSW XC and the Jindy Kids.

The atmosphere during the event was jovial and community spirit was alive and well with competitors cheering and encouraging each other. Prior to the event a valiant snow shovelling effort by parents, volunteers and skiers ensured a skiable track and without this commitment the event would have been difficult to run.Image

The traditional lunch of hot dogs, poppers and fruit were enjoyed by all competitors and helpers post event at the Nordic Shelter, followed by the presentation of certificates and spot prizes.  For the final event of the day, the children were organised into teams of varying ages for the jelly snake hunt on skis, with the winning team coming away with a grand total of over 40 jelly snakes to share amongst themselves!

For the first time in over a decade Sandra and Tony Greville stepped down from running the event but were on hand to assist with organisation. In addition, Paddy Pallin CEO Tim Pallin, himself a previous Paddy Junior participant, provided invaluable support in continuing the sponsorship of the event.  At the presentation, Tim Pallin and Sandra and Tony Greville were sincerely thanked for their contribution to the event over so many years.

The Paddy Pallin Junior organisers extend many thanks to the sponsors, parents and friends who helped make it such a successful and enjoyable day. Special thanks to Paddy Pallin for providing the great spot prizes, hotdogs, drinks and jelly snakes, Perisher Supermarket for providing the bread rolls, Wiffens Canberra for the fruit, the National Parks and Wildlife Service for track packing the snow, Marg, Bruce, Lesley and Peter for accommodating the event at the Nordic Shelter and all of the helpers who assisted with many tasks to ensure the event occurred.

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Times achieved by Participants (in no particular order):

Age Group/Name

Club/School

Time (mins)

Under 5 years
Ella Reading Cooma Ski Club/Cooma Public

1.17

Emelia Greville CAC/Lambie St Preschool

1.38

Shaun Lewis Telemark

1.45

 
6-8 years
Travis Cox KAC/Gordon East Public

4.16

Harriet Greville CAC/Jindy Kids/St Pats Cooma

5.00

Alex Thorvaldson Telemark

7.11

Agatha Meehan KAC/Loreto Normanhurst

5.03

Lottie Walker-Broose St Pats Cooma

6.22

Emily Stevens KAC/Hunters Hill Public

5.09

Eliza Laird KAC/St Cecilia’s

6.31

Sienna Wright Danebank

5.19

9-10 years
Hamish Greenwood Jindy Kids/Jindabyne Central

10.50

Olivia Burke Jindy Kids/Jindabyne Central

12.14

Jack Drummond KAC/Northbridge Public

12.02

Spencer Walker-Broose St Pats Cooma

12.11

Ambrose Meehan KAC/Xavier College

12.14

Madeleine Croker KAC/Manly West Public

15.45

Constance Meehan KAC/Loreto Normanhurst

14.40

Jack Hislop KAC

12.49

Angus Laird KAC/St Augustine College

20.24

William Thorvaldson Telemark (1 lap completed)

8.53

Amelia King KAC/Wenona

16.19

11-12 years
Thomas Fenton-Lee Scots

6.33

Declan Burke Jindy Kids/Jindabyne Central

7.47

Lola Timewell Jindy Kids/SMGS

8.24

James Croker KAC/Shore

11.16

Georgia Heeley Jindy Kids/Dalgety Public

14.12

Georgie Hawkins Ascham

12.13

Bentley Walker-Broose Jindy Kids/St Pats Cooma

9.26

Tom Hislop KAC

9.32

Sophia Stevens KAC/PLC

13.10

Emma Cree KAC/PLC

12.08

13-14 years
Matthew Bull NSWXC/Trinity

11.32

Gabi Hawkins NSWXC/Ascham

15.52

Josh Stevens Scots

11.41

Tess Bradford NSWXC/MLC

18.22

Nick Carruthers KAC/Sydney Grammar

20.01

Will Hislop KAC

16.33

Kai-Christian Mather KAC/Knox

20.04

Lachlan Stevens KAC/Shore

23.50

Alexander King KAC/Sydney Grammar

25.05

Zoe Cree KAC/PLC

26.54

15-16 years
Madi Hislop KAC/NSWXC/SCEGGS

18.06

Matthew Price NSWXC/Trinity

22.20

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