World Youth Adventures is proud to be a sponsor of Australia’s toughest outdoor challenge for school’s – The Snowgum Hillary Challenge.
The weekends of the26th and 27th May and the 2nd and 3rd June saw the VIC and NSW Qualifier rounds for this year’s October Snowgum Hillary Challenge Final. Our first ever Qualifier event in New South Wales saw fierce competition between the entered teams with the top two – Pittwater House and The Hills Grammar School going through to the Final in October. At the Final they will come up against defending champions Haileybury College and Victorian qualifying teams (St Leonard’s, Braemar College, Toorak College, Alexandra Secondary College and Beaconhills College), South Australia’s Pulteney Grammar and Tasmania’s Guilford Young College.
This year promises to be the most exciting Final event held to date with the 10 teams from four states competing for the title of Australia’s Top School Outdoor Adventure Team.
The Snowgum Hillary Challenge, now in its 3rd year in Australia, is an intense, tough, fun adventure competition which aims to promote leadership, teamwork, resilience, respect and responsibility in today’s Senior School students and their communities. Teams are scored on their skill, speed, endurance and team work in outdoor adventure challenges, including a rogaine and multi-discipline adventure race. Each team consists of eight students (four males and four females) from Years 10 to 12. Competition is intense and while a high level of physical and mental fitness is required teams are also scored on their ability to work together under stress.
The Hillary Challenge was created 13 years ago by New Zealand’s leading not-for-profit provider of Outdoor Education, The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre (OPC). OPC was formed in 1972 with Sir Edmund as Patron to develop young people’s potential through outdoor education and adventure. In New Zealand the event is considered to be the toughest and most prestigious sporting competition open to school students. This event was brought from New Zealand to Australia by The Outdoor Education Group in 2010.
Up for grabs this year is not only the prestigious title and the magnificent trophy to be displayed at the winner’s school, but also the opportunity to win $3,000 worth of sporting equipment from Snowgum for the winning school team and individual prizes. In addition the Australian ‘Top School Outdoor Adventure Team’ each year secures the right to travel to New Zealand to compete in a Trans Tasman competition against their top school teams.
The Australian events would not be possible without the fantastic support of Snowgum, Active Education Magazine, World Youth Adventures, Wilderness First Aid Australia, Paddlesports and Bankwest who have helped establish the Snowgum Hillary Challenge as an iconic event on the Australian Schools sporting calendar.