XC Towards 2018 is the major fundraising umbrella for the Australian XC Ski Team. Driven predominantly by athletes, coaches and parents, all money raised through XC Towards 2018 goes towards athlete expenses.
In addition to tax deductible donations through our partnership with the Australian Sport Foundation, a number of other fundraising activities are run under the XC Towards 2018 banner, including the Sundeck Cup, Hoppet Ski Waxing, and a Spring Cocktail Party. Since 2013 over $25,000 p.a. has been raised towards athlete expenses for AUSXC international programs. In recent years this has helped:
Being selected to represent Australia should be an exciting occasion, not a time to worry if you’ll be able to raise the money to go.
For the 2016/2017 International Program $25,000 was allocated towards athlete international program expenses. The breakdown per activity was as follows:
The funding allocation is determined in consultation with the team athletes.
Every year SSA sends teams overseas to a range of major international competitions. SSA provides coaching and waxing support for at these events, however most of our elite athletes predominantly provide the funding for the sport themselves. Many athletes are students, combining training and study, and almost all undertake part-time work to make ends meet. Typically an athlete going to the World Junior Championship will need to raise around $6,000 from external sources in order to cover all their international travel, accommodation, training and competition expenses. Ski clubs are often supportive, and a handful of athletes are lucky to have scholarships from the VIS or NSWIS, however even in those cases most support is through services not financial support.
Tax deductable donations can be made the Australian Sport Foundation, or direct donations can be made via Ski & Snowboard Australia.
The Sundeck Cup in NSW Cross Country Week is the only handicap race on the Australian Race Calendar and the only race that comes with complimentary lunch at Perisher’s Sundeck Hotel. Through the generosity of owner Cliff Wallis and the support of the NSW XC Committee, the Sundeck Cup is the single largest fundraiser for the team since it started with XC Towards 2006 back in 2004.
Hoppet Ski Waxing
Have fast skis and support the athletes! Drop your skis off to the YMCA Nordic Centre at Falls Creek in the week leading into the Kangaroo Hoppet, then pick them the next day waxed to be rocket fast for the big race.
Spring Cocktail Night
Both a fundraiser and a social event, join Australian Team athletes at the Spring Cocktail Night in Melbourne to celebrate the Australian winter and hear about the next instalment of the endless winter.