2016 Fundraising Wrap-Up

The final XC Towards 2018 fundraising activity for 2016 was the AUSXC Cocktail Party held in Melbourne on October 7. Hosted by Mandy Milne and Patrick Montgomery, the evening was a great social occasion once again. Now that the dust has settled it can be confirmed that over $13,000 was raised on the night, bringing the total for the year up to over $25,000 towards athlete expenses in the coming 2016/2017 international season.


National Team athletes Kat Paul and Phillip Bellingham

A special guest for the night was Ski & Snowboard Australia President Dean Gosper, who took the opportunity to announce an increase in the SSA cross country skiing budget for 2016/2017 and beyond. It was also announced that the Falls Creek Resort would extend their partnership with the National Team through until 2019. Features of the evening included silent and loud auctions, a slide show of images from the year and short speeches by SSAXC athlete reps Stella Ajani and Nick Montgomery.


Brady Bantick with his new Fischer skis donated to the auction by EMC, with auctioneer & National Team athlete Nick Montgomery.

The bulk of the rest of the funds raised throughout the year were from the Sundeck Cup at Perisher and ski waxing at the Kangaroo Hoppet, which collectively raised over $10,000. The Sundeck Cup run in handicap style in the middle of NSW XC Week is a unique event that should be on everyone’s racing calendar for 2017.

Major event expenses to be covered during the 2016/2017 season include the 2017 World Championship in Finland, the 2017 World Junior/U23 Championship in the USA, and selected events on the 2016/2017 World Cup circuit.


2017 World Junior/U23 Team manager Georgia Merritt, Jess Millet-Riley, and 2017 World Junior/U23 coach Rob Jones.

Many thanks to everyone who supported all of the XC Towards 2018 fundraising activities, by donating auction items, attending events or getting their skis waxed, or who donated directly via the Australian Sport Foundation. website.


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