Team Hallam and the University of Sheffield battled it out on the slopes of the French Alps in an epic Snowsports Varsity event, with the Black and Golds recording a 3-1 win.
More than 600 supporters travelled out to Val Thorens for the day-long event to back their teams in a series of freestyle and slalom skiing and snowboarding fixtures.
The first four points of the annual Varsity competition were up for grabs, with the freestyle ski race and snowboard race worth one point each and the final two points awarded on a dual team slalom course. Hallam took the snowboarding race point, while the Black and Golds were victorious in both the ski racing and both male and female freestyle events in ski and snowboarding respectively.
Callum Green, president of the University of Sheffield’s snowboarding club, said: “It was incredible. The events were close which meant the competition was so exciting to watch and it made the results so tense that the final announcement made us ecstatic.
“I was incredibly proud; mostly because we had few experts and our winners were actually people who just wanted to give it a go from a variety of ability levels, proving that it’s accessible to everyone.”
Sarah Morse, University of Sheffield Sports Officer, added: “It was great to see so many students get involved, no matter their level. The end result was one we can all be proud of. I’m pleased to say that by the end of the day, there was almost a clean sweep of University of Sheffield winners on the podiums and we are taking three points back home to Sheffield with us.”
Varsity resumes on 13 March with Cycling Dual Slalom before Equestrian, Sailing, Trampolining and Cycling Cross Country also compete for the points with the Black and Golds searching for a seventh straight win in the competition.
Football then returns to Hillsborough as the men’s and women’s 1s take to Sheffield Wednesday’s hallowed turf as the 2019 instalment gets into full-swing.
Hallam Sports Park Day, a favourite among fans of both universities, will play host to a jam-packed day of sport, including hockey, cricket, ultimate frisbee, rugby union, rugby league and football.
Ponds Forge, EIS, Goodwin, Hallamshire, Dams Flask, High Bradfield, Octagon Centre, Tideswell Dale, Hallamshire Golf Club, Abbeydale and Norton are just some of the venues that will also be hosting fixtures this year.
The Fly DSA Arena will have the pleasure of closing this year’s event with the Ice Hockey 1s taking to the ice in what should be an exhilarating finale in one of the most hotly-anticipated sporting events on the university calendar on March 27.