#TeamUNSW Wins Snow Nationals for Third Year Running 

Team UNSW have been crowned Overall Champions for a third year in a row at the 2018 Nationals Snow. Held at Mount Buller last week the UniSport event features 500 athletes from universities from around Australia. This is the second time in the history of Nationals Snow (and its predecessor event Snow University Games) that an institution has achieved the “three-peat”. 

36 athletes from UNSW brought home an impressive 16 medals overall with 7 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze. The UNSW squad was led by team captains Catherine Huynh (Arts/Law) and Zoe Spanos (Commerce/Media). Cathy and Zoe were joined at their third triumphant Snow Nationals by Ashley Chapman-Davis, Gregory Whitehead, Nathan Finch, Maddy Dobbie and Callum Watson.  

With Australian Moguls Championships taking place at the same time as Snow Nationals, Arc Sport UNSW was not expecting to take out the overall champion status, but gutsy individual and team performances secured the mantles of Overall Men’s Champions, Overall Women’s Champions and Overall Champions.  

Elite Athlete Program scholar Gregory Whitehead won Men’s Snowboard Champion after claiming Bronze in the Men’s Giant Slalom, Silver in Men’s Super G and Gold in Men’s Rails. Bella Burns also cleaned up with a huge effort to win Gold in Women’s Super G and Women’s Giant Slalom to take out Women’s Alpine Champion status. Kasha Wojcik dominated the freestyle category with Gold in Women’s Slopestyle and Silver in Women’s Moguls, and Gold in Women’s Rails. Ben Lexcen scholar Callum Watson was triumphant in Men's Individual Cross-Country skiing and Ashley Chapman-Davis won Gold in Men's Moguls.

#TeamUNSW is a tightly bonded group who enjoyed a team picnic during the 12-hour commute to Mount Buller, and rejoiced in singing unofficial team anthem “Country Roads” by John Denver. Arc Sport Deputy Director of Student Services James Yau commended the team’s tenacity “The team spirit continued throughout the week, evident in the pride each team member had representing UNSW in their individual sports and how they worked together within team heats.” 

There were heroics in Men's Relay Cross Country by Anthony Clifford who was substituted in 10 minutes before the event. The team claimed a Bronze medal and glory for Anthony, who had previously never attempted cross country skiing.  

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