About Us

The idea of a not-for-profit foundation to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Youth through the excellence of Alpine Sports was discussed with local Ngarigo elders. Together with Ken Randall, Robert Fröhlich and Acacia Rose, meetings were held to discuss the formation of an Alpine Sport Foundation for Aboriginal Youth.

Research has established that to date, Australia has not had an entrant into a winter Olympic genre who has identified as Aboriginal. Additionally, the Snowy Mountains region has been a sacred part of Aboriginal life for over 40,000 years and was a place of gathering, trading and ceremony for Aboriginal tribes travelling the East Coast of Australia. Tar-gan-gil, also known as “Mount Kosciuszko” and “Kosciusko”, is the starting point of the Bundian Way, known to be the oldest walking track in the world, even older than the Silk Road. For generations Aboriginal people have had a connection with Tar-gan-gil and the sacred areas of the Ngarigo, Yuin and Bidwell Nations, from the mountains to the sea.

Founding Members

Ken Randall AM

Ken RandallKen’s career in journalism spans more than six decades — in newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and his association with the National Press Club more than four decades.
The journalism began in Hobart, then moved to Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and back to Canberra and the then nascent Press Club.
He was a founding staff writer of The Australian, when it began, based in Canberra in 1964, covering foreign affairs and defence at a turbulent time in Australia’s regional relationships, which meant visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand (SEATO HQ) because the new paper was allowed to join AAP by the other proprietors who owned it.  He has reported and commentated on Australian politics and business over many years for radio, television and newspapers, including several major overseas titles and the founding years of The Australian. He also has extensive experience in public relations, media consulting and training.
He joined the National Press Club in 1964 at Tony Eggleton’s invitation and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra in 1975 and served as a director for four decades, including more than 20 years as president, and is now Patron.
After seven years with the early vicissitudes of The Australian, he moved to freelance status in the Press Gallery, writing for The Financial Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and Le Monde.
His Order of Australia award in 1997, was for service to public affairs and journalism, largely due to his years of dedicated service to the National Press Club. In 2011-12 Ken served a term as Global President of the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC). For the past 13 years he has been writing for iSentia, formerly Media Monitors.

Robert Fröhlich, BA, MEd, JD, GDLP

image.KJMXZXRobert is admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW, and has worked extensively in film and television education and training for over twenty-five years. He is a double graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), graduating from the three year Diploma course in 1983 and with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. He has also been awarded a Master of Education (Information Technology in Education and Training) from the University of Wollongong, and the degree of Juris Doctor from UNSW as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.
Robert has taught audio and video production for ABC Television, the Seven Network, SBS Radio, AFTRS and TAFE NSW, and spent three years teaching at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He returned to Australia as National Curriculum Manager at AFTRS, where he oversaw all curriculum delivery Australia wide as well as their Indigenous initiatives.
Recently he has volunteered for the Aboriginal Legal Service at Redfern, and still teaches audio and video production to school students undertaking TVET studies at North Sydney Institute of TAFE, as well as Sound Recording, New Media and Working Freelance to mainstream TAFE students.

Nancy Gant-Thompson

image.ZQ6SZXNancy first came to the Snowy Mountains 40 years ago on a skiing holiday and made Jindabyne her home. She continues to alpine ski, cross country ski and snow shoe every winter. Since 1970 she has worked with Kosciusko National Park (KNP) as part of the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) in a variety of positions mainly in tourism interpretation and visitor information services.
Over a period of several years Nancy managed the Snowy River Information Centre for the Snowy River Shire Council in conjunction with KNP advising visitors on tourist information, weather, snow and road conditions throughout the seasons. Retirement from NPWS in 2013 has given Nancy the opportunity to further explore the Snowy Mountains in summer and winter either bushwalking, mountain biking or skiing.
As Girl Guide leader for a few years followed by training as a Scout Leader gave Nancy opportunities to further her interest in the conservation and preservation of the natural environment together with raising her children. The raising of many orphaned native animals brought about an understanding of native wildlife and the need to preserve them for the future generations.
Nancy has achieved her Information Technology Cert III attending evening classes through Cooma TAFE college and continues her community involvement as Secretary of the local Country Women’s Association.
As partner to Angel John Gallard, exploring the Aboriginal history in the Snowy Mountains and Blue Mountains areas has given Nancy an insight into the importance of retaining the history of Ngarigo people. At present Nancy is exploring the Aboriginal connection in her family who lived in the western district of Victoria.

 Acacia Rose

acaciaAcacia is a writer and long time Conversationist committed to the Australian Alps and best management of Australia’s water resources. She has a background in Community Radio,  Freelance journalism and continues to advocate for the Snowy River through her journalism, with the ultimate goal of ensuring significant river flows for environmental health. As a part of her advocacy she is completing a novel, an adventure and healing journey for young people, set in the Snowy Mountains and on the Monaro. Acacia is also a director of K7 Adventures, an Ecotourism Accredited Adventure Tourism company with a focus on environmental interpretation. Integral to K7, is the K7 Ski School, which teaches cross  country skiing to mostly, young people, developing in them skiability, fitness, friendships and a passion for the outdoors. K7 regularly takes school groups climbing and abseiling, caving, on alpine survival and snow-shoe trips. Her love for the outdoors translates naturally through teaching young people adventure skills along with her industry colleagues.

Lynda Kimber
(Awabakal)

Lynda iimage.N675ZXs an ex Lynwood Hall girl and member of the Relationships Australia, Forgotten Australians Program. Lynda brings to the Foundation her understanding of children in Crisis and the fundamental knowledge of the struggles that lay ahead for many young Aboriginal children. For the past 25 years Lynda has worked with community based organisations focussing on various human rights causes. Lynda performed Lodge Manager duties for the Royal Australian Navy Ski Club at Thredbo between 2010 and 2012.