Ok, Mr 7s first year of Interschools is done and dusted. Mr 7s school decided to enter a team in Interschools for the first time this year and Mr 7 was very eager to go so despite any parental reservations based on "precious little darlings and even more precious parents" we entered and headed off to Perisher for our first trip to Aussie snow in 16 years. Well the snow side of things was a bit poor - thin stripes of white stuff surrounded by rocks and grass but I must say Perisher really impressed in terms of the amount of terrain they managed to have open with basically no natural snow. Mr 7 headed off to his 3 day clinic to actually learn what to do with the funny gate things and Mum and Dad spent 3 days exploring on and off the mountain. The clinic program was a good combination of learning and drills, training and just good old fun. The instructors did a great job getting the balance between fun and actually training right. The mountain was crowded and lift lines long on the first weekend of the school holidays but no one really seemed to care - everyone was having a good time making the most of the early season conditions. Come Tuesday and its racing time - bibs are collected, kids rounded up and off they go. Mr 7 competed in the Division 5 Snowboard GS and Boardercross categories which were both on the first day of competition. The day was the pits weather wise - cold, wet, low vis and I would normally say pretty miserable. The kids had a absolute ball and apart from the small percentage of parents and coaches who were madly waxing boards and trying to instruct kids who were not paying them any attention most of the adults around the place were sporting huge grins as well. The event was well run and went relatively smoothly considering the pretty atrocious conditions. By the end of the day everyone seemed to wear a smile - or maybe that was just a grimace of relief to be indoors sipping hot chocolate while waiting for presentations. Medals were given out, clapping was done and congratulations offered. All in all well worth the effort. So - Mr 7 managed to qualify for State Titles in both events (something we had not really considered as a possibility as he was racing kids 3 years older than him), so guess what - we get to do it all again in August and I am a little surprised to say I am looking forward to it. Met some great people and had a lot of fun. So if you are thinking of jumping on the Interschools band wagon my advise - go for it.