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May 31 - Level 1 Coaching Course and more Laser Biathlon

May 23 - Upcoming events and Alpine Challenge Leg 1

May 11 - Alpine Challenge and More

April 6 - JWSA Programs and Rollerski Series

March 21 - MBSC Elite XC Ski Program Positions

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May 31 - Level 1 Coaching Course and more Laser Biathlon

Level 1 Coaching Course in NSW
A Cross Country Skiing Level 1 Coaching Course is planned for this season in NSW. The course will be run out of the Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy under the direction of Tim Greville. Though still to be confirmed, a possible date could be the weekend of June 23-24.

The Level 1 Course is designed to give coaches at the club or school level an understanding of basic coaching principles and some basic practical coaching skills. The course includes both theory and practical sessions, and normally takes place over two days. After the course some additional tasks - coaching practice, demonstration of teaching skills, and the completion of a coaching workbook - are required to gain your coaching accreditation.

Anyone interest in participating in this Level 1 course should contact Tim Greville at the JWSA on Tel: 02 64562242; Mob: 0417 263836; Fax: 02 64562917; e-mail: tgreville@dsr.nsw.gov.au or klister@snowy.net.au

Another Laser Biathlon Opportunity
There will be Roller Ski / Blade Biathlon events at the Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy athletics/cycle track on Saturday 9th of the June Long weekend. The track is a dual lane, high quality bitumen loop around 450m long which is excellent for roller skiing.

It is planned to run Roller Ski competitions in the morning starting at 9.00 and Biathlon in the afternoon. There will be an opportunity to practice shooting and get some coaching in the morning for anyone who wants to.

Everyone is welcome, Cost for the Biathlon is $5 for members of ABA or NABA and $15 for non members. All biathlon shooting equipment will be provided, however you must bring you own roller skis / blades, ski poles and personal protective equipment etc.

May 23 - Upcoming events and Alpine Challenge Leg 1

STAV Ski Show in Melbourne May 26
This year's STAV Ski Show and Second Hand Gear sale is taking place on Saturday 16th of May at the Hawthorn Town Hall, Burwood Rd, Hawthorn. The sale starts at 10:30 am and gear can be dropped off for the sale from 8:00 to 10:30.

For more information, look to the STAV website or contact 03 94791062 (BH), 03 94800288 (AH) for general information and 040 7509117 (M), 03 98826900(AH) for the gear sale.

JWSA Rollerski Race #3 and Laser Biathlon in Jindabyne May 26
Race #3 of the Jindabyne Winter Academy of Sport and Recreation Roller Ski Race Series will be run on 9 AM Saturday 26th May 2001 at the Winter Academy oval. Entries will be taken from 9 am with racing commencing at 9:30 AM. BYO lunch and after lunch the first ever Jindabyne Winter Academy of Sport and Recreation/ NABA Roller Ski Laser Biathlon race will be held. This event will involve a laser target system and roller skiing.

While there are only two races remaining in the competition the point score system for individuals and teams is such that with a large field (as is promised for the weekend) there are some big points up for grabs which could allow several people to knock the series leaders off the top. Sally Cunningham and Nick Almoukov both hold fragile 100 point leads from Katie Calder and Matt O'Rourke respectively. Boonoona Ski Club currently leads the clubs points from Canberra Alpine Club however some strong results from other clubs could topple either of these clubs.

Please note that there is a nominal fee for the roller ski event (use of the track) to cover insurance of: $3 per person, this will cover use of the track for the day (payable to Jindabyne Winter Academy of Sport and Rec)

For the laser biathlon events in the afternoon the NSW/ACT Biathlon Association (NABA) charge a small fee to cover their insurance and equipment (payable to NABA):

Day licence: Child: $5 Adult: $10

Annual licence/ membership (enables you to race any NABA event on or off snow): Child: $16.50 Adult: $27.50

For information please contact Tim Greville at the JWSA on Tel: 02 64562242; Mob: 0417 263836; Fax: 02 64562917; e-mail: tgreville@dsr.nsw.gov.au

Skiers clean up in Mt Beauty 1/2 Marathon (Alpine Challenge Leg 1)
The annual Mt Beauty Half Marathon was held on Saturday May 19. A record 181 runners took part in the 21km, 10km and 3km events, which make up the first stage of the Great Alpine Challenge.

The Great Alpine Challenge takes in the 3 major endurance events in the upper Kiewa Valley - the half marathon, the Kangaroo Hoppet ski race at Falls Creek in August, and the Mitta to Mt Beauty mountain bike race in October.

The first runner home in the 21km was Australian Biathlon champion and number two ranked cross country skier Cameron Morton. The 27 year old primary school principal from Benambra took off like a flash at the start, leaving the pack strung out behind. Though podium finishers Ian Franzke and Tim Retchford gained a little time towards the end, Morton was never really challenged and won by over 2 minutes in a time of 1:15:10. First woman home was Doris Trueman, a former Winter Olympic cross country skier for Great Brittain, in 1:37:12.

"It wasn't such a fast time, but I'm pretty happy", said Morton, who completed his weekend training by rollerskiing from Mt Beauty up to Falls Creek on the Saturday afternoon and again on the Sunday morning. "I'm in good shape right now, and looking forward to racing on snow again soon." Morton, who placed 3rd in the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek in 2000, steps up now as favourite to take out the overall Challenge. Last year's winner, Ben Derrick, gave up any chances of a third title this year when he opted to run only 10km.

"I have a cold at the moment," said Derrick, when asked about his decision. "It was tough to pass up on the opportunity to try for the overall challenge again, but if I had run a tough half marathon now I could be out of training for a couple of weeks." The 28 year old won the 10km event comfortably. The first female in the 10km event was Chloe McConville from Myrtleford.

While Morton is now the favourite, the 2001 challenge won't be a walkover as Franzke and Retchford both have claims. Franzke won the event in 1999 and is also member of the national cross country team, and while Retchford is a former national junior champion in cross country skiing his strongest leg will be the mountain bike in October.

Last year's female winner Belinda Phillips is not out the 2001 challenge, but will have her work cut out to make up time after finishing 10th in the Mt Beauty half marathon, over 17 minutes off the pace. The next leg of the Great Alpine Challenge, the Kangaroo Hoppet, takes place at Falls Creek on Saturday August 25.


NSW Skiers in Top Shape says Tim Greville
Follow the link here for the latest NSWIS and NSW State Team Cross Country Update.

May 11 - Alpine Challenge and More

Great Alpine Challenge - Run 21km ... Ski 42km... Cycle 55km - starts May 19
Not all at once! The Great Alpine Challenge covers three big events in the Mt Beauty/Falls Creek region during the year - the Mt Beauty 1/2 Marathon in May, the Kangaroo Hoppet in August, and the Mitta to Mt Beauty mountain bike race in October. Participate in all three events to complete the challenge, and have the fastest overall time to claim the trophy. Don't forget that you can run the 10km or ski the 21km or 7km at the Hoppet and still complete the series (but not win overall). The Mt Beauty 1/2 (and 10km and 3km) are on Saturday 19 May at 10am. Entries can be taken on the day ar the Mt Beauty Sports Centre. Many of Australia's national team skiers will be there, here is an opportunity to catch them out of their element (though some are damn decent runners).

JWSA Roller Ski Race #2
The second race of the 2001 Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy Roller Ski Race Series was held on April 21. ACTAS athlete Katie Calder from Canberra Alpine Club won the women's event easily. NSWIS athlete Matt O'Rourke from Boonoona Ski Club placed first just ahead of fellow NSWIS athlete Chris Darlington (also from Boonoona Ski Club) in the men's event. Further details...

Laser Biathlon on the Move
The recent development of the Faezor Biathlon System in Australia has enabled biathlon to expand significantly over the last year. The Faezor system involves electronic targets and electronic rifles firing laser pulses, and means that safe biathlon ranges can be set up just about anywhere. The NABA - NSW and ACT Biathlon Association - have introduced summer biathlon program, and there are still plenty of opportunities to give it a try before the winter is upon us.

Its pretty late notice but the next opportunity to try biathlon with the Faezor system is at the Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy this Saturday, May 12. Further details on biathlon in Australia and the event calendar can be found at the Faezar and NABA website.

Bjorn Daehlie Retires
Old news (apologies for the gaps between updates) but worth a mention. Cross country skiing living legend Bjorn Daehlie announced his retirement in late March, after struggling for several seasons to make a come back from a back injury. Daehlie's trophy cabinet included 8 gold and 4 silver Olympic medals, 9 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze World Championship medals, and World Cup credits included 48 individual wins and 5 overall titles.

April 6 - JWSA Programs and Rollerski Series

Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy Cross Country Programs for 2001
The Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy has the most comprehensive cross country skiing programs in Australia. Working in closely with the NSW Institute of Sport cross country program and the NSW Ski Association Cross Country Ski Team, the programs of JWSA have something for everyone from junior level to Australian elite.

The full JWSA program is available here in Word format. Highlights include a roller ski race series, a weekend Race Team program open to all primary and secondary school age kids below the state team level, interschool competition preparation camps, and a senior skiers skills camp.

For more details on any of the JWSA programs contact Tim Greville on 02 6456 2242, 0417 263836, or email tgreville@dsr.nsw.gov.au.

JWSA 2001 Roller Ski Series
The Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy Roller Ski Race Series is a new initiative for 2001. The first race in the series was held on Saturday 31st March, with Nick Almoukov and Sally Cunningham coming out on top. More details on the opening event have been provided by Tim Greville. There will be 4 races in total, varying in format (details to be notified), are run monthly and are open to all levels of roller skier. Bladers are also welcome (depending on numbers etc. this may form a separate class).

The events will be held at Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy. The events will cost $3 per person (NSWIS and NSW State Team members are exempt), this covers the use of facilities and insurance. All events will have registration between 9:00-9:15 at the JWSA athletics/ bike track.

The calendar for events is as follows:

RACE 1: Saturday 31st March, 9 AM: Sprint Challenge
RACE 2: Saturday 21 April, 9 AM: Sprints: open to suggestions
RACE 3: Saturday 26 May, 9 AM: Format TBA: open to suggestions
RACE 4: Saturday 9 June, 9 AM: THE SERIES FINAL: Format TBA: open to suggestions

E-mail to Tim Greville at tgreville@dsr.nsw.gov.au if you are interested!

RESULTS of three best races will count towards final, in addition the series will have a NOVICE (RECREATIONAL) and JUNIOR category.

March 21 - Mt Beauty Secondary College Elite XC Ski Program Positions

Australian Secondary Schools ski champions announce new Elite XC program.
Mt Beauty Secondary College is implementing an exiting new opportunity for junior cross country skiers. The existing school ski program is expanding in 2001 to incorporate an elite program for skiers from years 7-11, with 4 extra positions available to students from other schools. These extra positions are eligible to students between years 9-11, with the school exchange program taking place during term three of 2001. Coordinating the program is Paul Murray, a current member of the Australian Senior Team, who has just returned from the World Championships in Finland.

With snow just 30km's away from the school grounds, Birkibeiner Nordic Ski Club (BNSC) is assisting with it's existing junior program on weekends, while the school program will have the students on snow up to 2 days per school week (Tuesday and Thursday), as well as before and after school training. Access to experienced coaching staff and facilities both on and off snow are some of the many benefits that this program offers. Students will be billeted out to BNSC families and will attend school on non-ski days.

Interschool competitions both state and national, as well as club and national selection races will be part of the racing focus, while students will also be given advice on nutrition, waxing, training, recovery and video analysis. This years Senior National Championships are at Falls Creek (our home resort), giving junior skiers a chance to race against some of the top seniors in the sprint and shorter events

If you are looking for a fantastic way to improve your skiing and be part of the best school ski team in Australia contact Graeme Bottomley at Mt Beauty Secondary College on 03 57544 005, or on email. bots@netc.net.au

Applications Close May 26.

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