Luke rules slopes at Perisher

THE Hills of Glenhaven are a long way from ski fields of Perisher but that didn't stop Luke Irving from winning last month's Interschools Snowsports Australian Championship.

Luke, 9, tore up the slopes in difficult conditions to win the junior division five Skier X category with a blistering time of 31.60 seconds.

It was the quickest individual run of the tournament and helped put his three-member team from The Kings School into second place.

Luke said he was shocked when told his father told him he was in first place with a new personal record time.

"I'd just finished my Skier X event and dad spotted my time on the scoreboard," Luke said.

"It was amazing my time was so fast because we were skiing in icy blizzard conditions."

School teammates Orlando Denton (37.53 seconds) and Luke's twin brother Ben (33.26 seconds) also impressed with strong finishing times.

Ben's run coupled with Luke's first placing, ensured The Kings School maintained its good start to the championship and finished with a primary silver team medal.

In division four Luke's older brother Jack won the rising star award in the boys' Alpine skiing event.

Having restricted access to the snow fields, Luke said he was proud of his family's accomplishments.

"We only get to train a couple times a year so it's nice to beat other schools who are closer to the ski fields like Snowy Mountains Grammar School," Luke said.

This year's ski season has come to a close but Luke and his brothers plan to hit the slopes again.

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