The foundation's largest fundraiser, the Amelia McGuiness Memorial Time-Trial will move to Falls Creek Resort (from Perisher) and will be held on Monday 29th July. The Amelia McGuiness Memorial Time Trial is now part of the Falls Creek Schools Carnival.

Click here to view the Falls Creek School Carnival event details

Of importance, the McGuiness family enjoy a long-term connection with the Falls Creek Community, and have agreed (with Snow Australia / Perisher / Falls Creek Ski Lifts), to re-locate this event from Perisher to Falls Creek for an initial 5-year period commencing this year. Athletes from Victoria, NSW, and other states who participate in this Time-Trial will have the opportunity to apply for 2025 AMASDF scholarship, with all proceeds from this Time Trial dedicated to the AMASDF scholarship program.

Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation

The Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) was established in memory of Amelia, an advanced and much-loved skier from Barker College, when she passed away in a tragic ski accident in 2009. Despite the enormous pain of their personal loss, her parents Cath and Sam McGuiness, developed the foundation so her legacy could live on.

Each year the foundation awards Scholarships out of its fundarising events. The AMASDF is recognised and commended throughout the snowsports community for its contribution and support of up-and-coming athletes. Since 2011, the foundation has awarded $221,960 in Snowsports Scholarships. This has been achieved through the ongoing support of schools, the resorts, families, individuals and the business community.

Funds have been distributed to a very significant and impressive list of young “rising stars” in snowsports looking to live and experience their own personal athlete goals. This has included many athletes that have gone on to compete at the Winter Olympics.


The AMASDF has had a long involvement in providing scholarships to junior athletes.

The Foundation was established in 2010, in honour of Amelia McGuiness, a gifted and talented athlete and student, with $221,960 in Snowsports Scholarships being awarded over the past 13 yearsThe foundation is dedicated to supporting developing athletes that have shown commitment to their training and sport, as they move up through the pathway to become possibly elite athletes in snow sports in the future.

In determining the 8 Amelia scholarship recipients for 2023, the selection committee was looking to see evidence of athletes dedication to training and development.

The 2023 Amelia Scholarship Holders are:

Alessandra Sydun-West / Angus Kite / Duncan Cowan / Hannah Bendror / Heidi Siebuhr / Joel Bradford / Mac Livissianos / Xanthia Coote