Scots Strike Gold in Austria!

Published on: Wednesday 10th February 2016


From the left: 


Ben Sim, (Cross Country Coach), Chester Burns,

Marcus Mead, Robbie Zeilic, James Whitfield, (on knees),

Ethan Cheung, Mr. Andrew Kovari, (Scots Director of Snowsports), 

Tom Weinert, Thomas Fenton-Lee, (on knees), Kody Pitt, Hugo Hinckfuss, Charlie Burns, 

Oliver Logan, Mr. Clive Tanner, (Master in Charge ICWG Snowsports Team)




The Scots College Snowsports Team that competed in Innsbruck Austria at the 2016 International Children’s Winter Games (ICWG) enjoyed a Gold rush!


From 12 January this year, 11 Scots Snowsports Athletes had the privilege of representing the College and Australia at the 2016 ICWG against representatives from other cities and countries from around the world.


The Games are officially sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, and are recognised as the “Schools Olympic Games”.


The ICWG was preceded by an intensive training program in Verbier, Switzerland, where the team worked with Coaching staff from Les Elfes and 2010 Australian Vancouver Cross Country Olympian, Ben Sim.


The Games, in Innsbruck, Austria, were an outstanding success with Scots boys achieving an unprecedented 3 Gold medals on the international stage, from a total of 31 Events at the Games. This represents approximately 10% of the total number of Events held, many of which Scots Athletes did not compete in such as Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Curling, Biathlon and so on.


The Gold Medal winners were:


SnowboardCross - Individual Gold:

James Whitfield

Parallel Slalom - Mixed Team Gold:

Marcus Mead

Cross Country Sprint Relay - Mixed Team Gold:

Chester Burns     



All the other Scots team members performed above expectations in their respective Alpine, Skicross, Snowboard, Freestyle and Cross Country events.

The TSC Cross-Country team under the stewardship of Cross Country Supervisory Coach Ben Sim, consisted of Chester Burns, Charlie Burns, Hugo Hinckfuss and Tom Weinert. The team competed in Classic, Freestyle Sprint and Mixed Team Sprint Relay events at the renowned Seefeld Arena, which has hosted several Nordic World Cups.


The TSC Freestyle team of Ethan Cheung and Oliver Logan, along with the TSC Snowboard team of James Whitfield and Kody Pitt, competed in their respective Cross and Slopestyle events at the stunningly beautiful Mutteralmpark overlooking Innsbruck.


The Alpine Skiing events took place at Axamer Lizum, which was one of the competition venues for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. The TSC Alpine team was represented by Thomas Fenton-Lee, Marcus Mead and Robert Zeilic.


The College Principal, Dr. Ian Lambert, said the young men had been justly rewarded for their determination and perseverance.


“The Snowsports Program at The Scots College is one of the finest in the country. The dedication and commitment shown by the Coaching staff is reflected in the effort and determination exuded by the boys” he said.


“They are a shining example of the rewards that hard work, passion and camaraderie can bring. We are proud of these fine young men.”


Congratulations to all the Scots Snowsports athletes who competed at these Games and the Scots staff and the accompanying Coaches and Scots Staff. 


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