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November 9 - International Program and Changes in SAXC

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

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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.

November 9

International Program 2000/2001
Preparations are well underway for the 2000/2001 international season. A large team will be heading to Europe in mid-December, with Ben Derrick heading over as advance party in late November. Major events of the season include the World Championships in Lahti, Finland, and the World Junior Championships in Karpacz, Poland.

Two goals for the2000/2001 season are to try to get a skier qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and to get a skier qualified for World Cup. The Australian Olympic Committee qualifying standard for Salt Lake City is a top 60% of field result at the Lahti World Championships. The FIS qualifying standard for World Cup is 50 FIS Points (excluding sprints).

Further details of the international teams and program schedule are available in the report section.

New Chairman of SAXC
At a SAXC Committee meeting in September Tony Greville announced his retirement as chairman after 6 years in the position. Tony oversaw the committee through the birth and three years of the Australian Ski Institute, and secured funding from the Australian Sports Commission for the current High Performance Program. His contribution to Australian cross country skiing over this time was greatly appreciated.

Chris Derrick was elected as the new chairman unopposed. Chris has a long history of involvement in Australian skiing at many different levels, and has been on the SAXC Committee for three years The following quotes from Chris are taken from the Spring 2000 edition of Australian Cross Country News:

XC skiing is currently in a potentially very exciting position. We have some seniros with genuine talent, who are continuing to show improvement from year to year, and I can't recall when we have had more depth and talent in our field of juniors.

I see it as a priority of SAXC to ensure that we can provide the framework and support for our current top seniors and the pathway for the juniors to be able to reach their potential.

...with the fine work of the past Chairman Tony Greville and a committment to the future, I am confident we can provide the support our athletes require to achieve their potential. I am confident that the current SAXC committee can work to ensure the success of our current elite skiers, our future generation and the success of our sport.

Chris can be contacted at chris.derrick@ea.gov.au

National Race Secretary Resigns
Rae Moore, National Race Secretary and Technical Delegate Coordinator for the last four years resigned recently from both positions and from the SAXC committee. Her efforts in these roles and her active promotion of discussion upon technical issues will be greatly missed. More details are provided in Portrait of National Race Secretary.


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