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 Spring News 2001
Sept 20- Daniel VDP at MTB Worlds plus new XC Film
Sept 11 - JWSA Program Updates
Sept 6 - Australian Junior Champs
August 27 - Kangaroo Hoppet and Final CC
August 21 - Australian Championships Conclude
August 20 - Continental Cup Standings
August 19 - Australian 5km and 15km Champs
August 18 - Australian Sprint Championships

August 16 - National 5/15km Changes Day, RVR Cancelled
August 14 - More Australian Champs Coming Up

August 12 - Australian Titles to Melvey and Derrick
August 9 - Razorback Rush Cancelled, KAC Held Today!
August 7 - Bullfight Charge Off but Baw Baw On
August 6 (b) - Lake Mountain Sprints Cancelled
August 6 - A Weekend Full of Racing
August 1 - Vic Juniors On, Hotham to Dinner Plain Off
July 30 - Biathlon Night Race, Possible Nationals Shift
July 25 - Victorian Juniors Postponed
July 23 - NSW/ACT Junior Championships
July 20 - Coaching Course and Instructor Update
July 16 - ACT Champs, Cooma Open and more
July 11 - Race Previews and Upates
June 27 - Christmas Dinner and Calendar changes
June 17 - Race Licences and Junior Doping
June 13 - New Domain Name and More Rollerskiing

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Ben Sim at the NSW Junior Champs


Winter 2001 Updates
September 20

Daniel van der Ploeg at Mountain Bike World Championships
The 2001 World Championships in Mountain Biking were held over the last week in Vail, Colorado USA. In the junior men's cross country Australian cros country skiing team member Daniel van der Ploeg finished 22nd out of a field of 64. An impressive result for Daniel in his first tour overseas, though even more impressive was the result from his team-mate Trent Lowe, who took the bronze medal in the same event. Australia took 1 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze at the championships to put them 4th overall on the medal table after France, Canada, and the USA.

Dan's preparation in Colorado was interupted by a collision with a truck which saw him out of training for about a week. After three weeks back on the bike he was ready to perform, though the cross country races were delayed until September 16 out of respect for the tragedy in New York. Starting number 50th on the grid Dan was caught in the standard bottleneck after the start, but after taking it pretty steady for the first lap he started to crank on the second, surging past about 15 competitors up into a mid twenty place. On the last lap the time gaps to the riders further up the front became too large to bridge ,and he finished solidly into 22nd place.

Ranked number 1 junior skier in 2000, Daniel missed the entire Australian ski season this year in preparation for Vail, though is looking forward to getting back on snow next year and trying for the 2003 World Junior XC Skiing Championships in Solleftea Sweden.

Other news and results from the Mountain Bike World Championships are available from the UCI website.

XC Zone Launches New Film
A new films by www.xczone.com is scheduled for release 01 Oct 2001 on DVD and VHS. Looks pretty exciting, read the blurb below...

High Velocity matches the power-endurance of cross-country skiing, and the chilling focus of rifle marksmanship, with the speed of an aerial "pursuit." From cool to calm, the story continues with a solitary winter trek into the "outerspaces," blazing a fresh single track, and crust-cruising through hardwood forests past frost-blasted trees, on route to the mountain summit. Then, rewind the clock to the year 1920 and press play to contrast vintage footage with today's pro-elite skiers as they play on the same trails separated only by time. Fast-forward to 2002 with a preview of extraordinary images of pre-Olympics World Cup racing performances at Soldier Hollow USA, using point-of-view and tracking cameras that allow the viewer to experience the action first hand. "On location, all the athletes, and all the action."

DVD Special Features include: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Interactive Menus, Alternate Dialog Tracks, Scene Selection, Trailers, Talent Files, Nordic Nudes Calendar Promotion, Out takes, Noquemanon 2001 by Viosport, Surf2Snowremix, Rock'n Roll Training Montage, Dreamofit by Factory Team, CISM Biathlon World Cup, American Birkebeiner Highlight Reel.

Read more at www.xczone.com


September 11

Jindabyne Winter Sports Academy
The JWSA has announced a Primary School Holiday Camp coming up from October 2-5. The program is aimed at beginner to intermediate level skiers who wish to improve their skiing skills and have fun on snow at the end of the season. More information is available to download in word format, or by contacting Tim Greville on 02 6456 2242.

The JWSA is also starting to plan for it's cross country programs for winter 2002. The proposed programs are also available in word format.


September 6

Australian Junior Championships
The 2001 Australian Junior Championships for Cross Country Skiing were held last weekend at Perisher Valley in NSW. The event featured plenty of action and close racing over four age classes in classic and freestyle technique. The overall junior champions for 2001 were 16 year old Ben Sim from Cooma and 18 year old Rhiannon Palmer from Howmans Gap.

Sim elected to ski out of his class in order to take a shot at the overall title, and his punt paid off. He won both the 10km freestyle and 10km classic races ahead of fellow NSW team member Chris Darlington of Jindabyne. Much of the credit for Sim's performances go to the NSW team coach Nick Almoukov, who has made his home in Berridale after moving from Russia.

Palmer also made a clean sweep in the women's 5km events, ahead of Esther Bottomley from Mt Beauty. Palmer has made rapid improvements in the last 12 months, benefiting greatly from moving from Melbourne to Howmans Gap near Falls Creek to train during the winter. The two rising junior stars will lead the Australian charge next year at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Schonach, Germany.

"It's great to see so many promising skiers competing, particularly in the younger classes," said Finn Marsland, current Australian national team coach, who is based in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport. "At the end of the year we will have our strongest team for the World Junior Championships in a long time, and there's a large pool of talent ready to follow in their footsteps."

The Australian Junior Team will be officially announced at the end of September. For full results from the weekend click here.

Charles Derrick Memorial Langlauf
The 2001 Charles Derrick Memorial Langlauf was held on Saturday September 1 at Mt Hotham. Winners of the Langlauf were Ben Derrick, and Camille Melvey. For results of both the long and short course events click here.


August 27

2001 Kangaroo Hoppet a Great Success
A week and a half ago things were looking pretty grim for the 2001 Kangaroo Hoppet. Then race organisers put in an order for 5-6 days of dumping snow, followed by a couple of fine days to assist with grooming, and everything wasdelivered on time. Sure, it was a little windy up on the high plains on the day of race, but otherwise it was near perfect fast conditions and a great day of skiing.

Everyone's a winner (baby) but in the 42km main events Ben Derrick was too strong (but only just) for Cameron Morton, and Belinda Phillips pulled an upset win over Camille Melvey. For the race day press release and full race results visit the Kangaroo Hoppet site.

Final Continental Cup Ranking
The 2001 Australian Continental Cup also concluded with the Kangaroo Hoppet. Cameron Morton and Camille Melvey took the titles of overall Continental Cup Champions, with Ben Derrick taking second in the men and Belinda Phillips also moving up into second place with her Hoppet win. Katie Calder remained on 310 points after electing to ski the Australian Birkebeiner 21km event.

Men

Women

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Cameron Morton
Ben Derrick
Fredrik Aukland
Paul Murray
Andrew Wynd
Ben Sim
Nick Almoukov
Chris Darlington
Mark Raymond
Matt O'Rourke

430
356
250
238
164
162
126
118
102
98

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Camille Melvey
Belinda Phillips
Katie Calder
Rhiannon Palmer
Esther Bottomley
Sally Cunningham
Leanne Laajoki
Jacinta O'Neill
Megan Greenleaf
Clare Louise Brumley

390
355
310
220
190
159
123
116
111
109

Full Standings


August 21

Australian Championships Conclude with 10km
Cameron Morton claimed his second national cross country title in the 10km freestyle today at Falls Creek, while Camille Melvey notched up her 29th. Morton was pushed all the way to the line by Ben Derrick, who seems to be coming back into form after illness just in time for the Kangaroo Hoppet this coming Saturday. Melvey on the other hard won comfortably, and seems set to take her third Hoppet title. Fredrik Aukland from Norway took third place in the men's 10km, while Belinda Phillips just squeezed in ahead of Rhiannon Palmer in the women's 10km. Results available in the Australian Championship section.

Calder and Melvey are level in the Continental Cup standings on 310 points, however Calder would have to pull out an incredible result in the Hoppet to deny Melvey overall victory. Morton leads Derrick 350 points to 255, meaning that Derrick would have to win and Morton finish below 26th for the top spot to change.


August 20

Continental Cup Standings
With two races to go in the 2001 Australian Continental Cup there are some new faces at the top of the leader board. Camille Melvey and Ben Derrick have been almost untouchable in the Continental Cup in recent years, however the leaders at the moment are Katie Calder and Cameron Morton.

Men

Women

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Cameron Morton
Paul Murray
Ben Derrick
Ben Sim
Fredrik Aukland
Chris Darlington
Andrew Wynd
Andrew Mock
Matt O'Rourke
Nick Almoukov

250
180
176
140
130
98
87
79
69
68

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Katie Calder
Camille Melvey
Belinda Phillips
Rhiannon Palmer
Esther Bottomley
Sally Cunningham
Jane Scheer
Leanne Laajoki
Jacinta O'Neill
Clare Louise Brumley

260
210
175
160
145
119
107
94
80
65

Full Standings

Calder will have a chance to extend her lead in the women's 10km freestyle on Tuesday, however Melvey will be hard to take points from in the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet on Saturday. Phillips could also challenge. In the men's competition Morton will be hard to beat as the last two races are in his favoured freestyle technique, but Derrick and Aukland will still be in with a chance.


August 19

Australian 5/15km Classic Championships
Cameron Morton won his first senior Australian cross country title today, and Camille Melvey racked up her 27th. There were very close results in both the men's 15km and women's 5km classic events. Press release and results available from the Australian Championship Special section. Race reports coming tomorrow, here's a pic of Cameron and Paul Murray with the oldest trophy in Australian cross country skiing, the men's 15km trophy.


August 18

Australian Sprint Championships
Only a quick news bite as it is a busy few days at Falls Creek. Paul Murray and Esther Bottomley from Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club both claimed their second individual Australian Sprint titles in as many years. A last minute dump of snow made for a very good (though still quite short) course and good conditions for the races still to come. Press release and results available from the Australian Championship Special section. No race report yet, perhaps on Monday when there are no races. Here's one pic from the Men's B- Final.


August 16

National 5/15km moved
Due to snow conditions and the weather forecast, the Australian Championship 5/15km Classic race at Falls Creek has been moved from Friday August 17 to Sunday August 19. All other details remain the same exactly the same. The Sprint race on Saturday, and the 10/10km freestyle race on Tuesday remain unaffected.

Rocky Valley Rush Cancelled
After hearing the latest first hand reports of skiing conditions at Falls Creek and scanning the most up to date weather predictions for the next few days, Telemark Nordic Ski Club has decided to cancel the 2001 Rocky Valley Rush.

August 14

Australian Championships at Falls Creek, August 17-21
The Australian Senior and Masters XC Skiing Championships will continue this week at Falls Creek with the 5/15km Classic on Friday 17th, the Sprints on the 18th and the 10/10km Freestyle on Tuesday 21st of August. To be in the draw, payment and an entry form must be in to Judy Bottomley by Wednesday 15th August. Late entries will be accepted but will incur a penalty fee and late skiers will start en masse at the start of the field. For those without a Race License, they may be purchased as Day Licenses -Juniors $5.50 and Seniors $11.00.

The schedule for the Falls Creek part of the championships is available on the Australian Championship Special section. The highlight of the championships is expected to be the sprint event on Saturday, click here for a squiz at the sprint flier.

Snowgum Wodonga Mini Series Race 4
Telemark Nordic Ski Club conducted the 4th race in the Snowgum Wodonga Mini-Series of Cross Country Ski races for junior skiers on Sunday the 12th August. Following the snow falls of the previous week the race was conducted on the proper set courses. The weather was fine and calm and make the race a great experience. After the main races were over the juniors ran a handicap race for all the parents and helpers. All the skiers who attended this last mini series race for the season had a most enjoyable day. For results...

Thanks to Snowgum Wodonga for their generous donation of spot prizes for the junior competitors.


August 12

Australian 15/30km Championship and Snowy Mountains Classic
The first races of the 2001 Australian Cross Country Skiing Championships were held on Saturday August 11 at Perisher Valley in NSW. The men's 30km classic event was won by Ben Derrick of Wangaratta Ski Club, while the women's 15km classic event was won by Camille Melvey from City Tatts Boonoona Ski Club.

Derrick was pushed for the first 10km by three time Winter Olympian Anthony Evans of Cooma Ski Club, but then steadily pulled away and went on to win his 8th Australian Championship in a time of 1:32:34. Evans took second place just under two minutes back, with Paul Murray from Birkebeiner NSC in third place and 19 year old Chris Darlington from Boonoona skiing a strong race for fourth.

Melvey opened up a lead on the rest of the field soon after the start and never looked back. The 37 year old from North Bondi won her 26th Australian Championship in a time of 1:00:03, 2:08 ahead of Belinda Phillips from the Lake Mountain Nordic Team. Katie Calder from CAC and the ACT Academy of Sport took third place.

Preliminary Results (more to come soon)

The championship events were held in conjunction with the Snowy Mountains Classic, which had distances of 2.5km, 7.5km, 21km and 42km, all in free technique. The 2.5km event winners were Jake Cumbers and Jacinta Bartsch, the 7.5km winners were Paul Circosta and Sally Cunningham. More results from the Snowy Mountains Classic to come soon....21km winners Ben Sim and Michele McFarlane, 42km winner Wayne Pethybridge and Carla Zijlstra.


August 9

Razorback Rush Cancelled
Unfortunately the Razorback Rush at Mt Stirling was cancelled due to insufficient snow. For more information please contact Diana Pappas on 0419514655.

Baw Baw Races Definitely On
The XC trails at Baw Baw are in excellent condition. This will be the first Victorian Interclub race of the year. Start time 10.30am, Sunday August 12. If you want to book accommodation try the Central Booking Service 1800 629 578.

Baw Baw's X-C race is guaranteed to be different to any other resort. The road is now bitumen all the way and you can drive right to the village. For more information please contact Rae Moore at raemoore@tpg.com.au or call 03 5165 1165 from Friday morning.

KAC Held Today
Due to severe weather conditions the KAC race from Perisher Valley to Charlotte's Pass was postponed from yesterday to today. It has been heard that race was held this morning in less than ideal conditions. No results available yet but a rumour that Ben Sim won and a picture from the Perisher Blue website.

More News just in - 16 year old Ben Sim did win the 2001 KAC. Apparently Sim broke away then held on to win 20-25 seconds ahead of a closing pack containing Nick Almoukov, Andrew Circosta, Andrew Wynd, and Matt O'Rourke. In the sprint finish for the minor places Circosta tripped up, Almoukov got up for second and O'Rourke third. Camille Melvey was the first woman, ahead of Katie Calder and Sally Cunningham.

From Monday night August 6, CAC won the NSW Night Relays ahead of Boonoona Ski Club. The team for CAC was Tim Greville, Ben Sim, Katie Calder, and Sally Cunningham, the team for Boonoona, Chris Darlington, Nick Almoukov, Jake Roarty and Michael Stenning. Results now available.


August 7

Bullfight Charge Cancelled
A message from Greg DeFreitas from Mt Bullfight Ski Club:

Unfortunately last nights snowfall has come too late. A decision had to be made yesterday and it was decided to cancel the Bullfight Charge. The Mt. Bullfight Ski Club is very disappointed, especially given last nights snowfall, and apologises to everyone for any inconvenience. After cancelling everything yesterday it would not be possible to reorganise in time for Sunday.

Baw Baw Races likely to go ahead
At the time of publication (midday Wednesday) the cross country trails at Baw baw are in good shape and it is highly likely that the Tullicoutty and St Phillack Cups races Sunday will go ahead on Sunday. Race organiser Rae Moore will get a first hand report on Thursday morning from the Baw Baw Management and as a result of that a final decision will be made.


August 6 (b)

Lake Mountain Sprints Cancelled
The following announcement has came in today from Lake Mountain:

Please be advised that due to a lack of suitable snow cover the race weekend format will not be as per the advertised schedule.

1. The Victorian 5 / 15 KM Championships have been cancelled
2. The Lake Mountain / Fischer Skii Elimination Sprint has been cancelled.
3. The Mount Bullfight Ski Club Bullfight Charge status will be determined on Wednesday 8th of August, with the posssibility of a modified course on the upper trails.
4. The White Christmas Dinner at Keppels Restaurant has been cancelled.
5. Pre-dinner drinks may still go ahead (so we can all drown our sorrows)

For any further inquiries please do not hesitate to contact George Nadj, the Lake Mountain Promotions and Development Officer on 03 59 633 288.


August 6

Calder and Morton take top points in Continental Cup opener
The first leg of the Australian Continental Cup series for Cross Country Skiing was held on Saturday August 4 at Perisher Valley in NSW. The women's 5km freestyle event was won by 20 year old ACT Academy of Sport athlete Katherine Calder, while the men's 15km freestyle event was won by Cameron Morton, a 27 year old primary school principal from Benambra in Victoria.

That's the short spiel from the media release, however it was a pretty eventful weekend at Perisher Valley. Some upsets, and also some controversy over the course which still may not be resolved, however the top placings for the women's race were unaffected and the men's race had no problems. First, a summary of the women's 5km freestyle:

A rough time check at about 3.5km saw Calder 7 seconds ahead of Belinda Phillips and 15 seconds ahead of Rhiannon Palmer. The biggest surprise was Camille Melvey back in 4th place, 40 seconds off the pace. Calder continued to gain time on everyone, clinching the win and her first Continental Cup victory by just 12 seconds from Phillips. Palmer, who was passed by Calder in the last km couldn't quite stay in contact but took third place 36 seconds behind.

"I didn't think I had such a great race, but I'm pretty happy to come away with the result," said Calder. The win also gives her a zero percentage towards the national rankings.

Morton opened up a slender lead of 10 seconds over Ben Derrick on the first 5km lap, much to the disbelief of the 2000 Australian Champion. Responding to a split "that he was still down" on the second lap Derrick yelled out "How much?", and followed up with an expletive when hearing it was out to 30 seconds. Derrick dug deep but could not stop Morton from extending his lead to 49 seconds at the finish. It was also Morton's first Continental Cup win. Third place went to talented NSW junior skier Ben Sim, who just celebrated his 16th birthday last week. Andrew Wynd showed remarkable improvement on last year's results to take fourth place.

Provisional results available.

NSW Sprint Championships
The cross country skiing events on the Saturday concluded in the afternoon with the NSW Sprint Championship. An interesting and challenging course was set outside the Sverre Kaaten Nordic Shelter and some exciting spritn action viewed. In a dramatic finish Paul Murray came from nowhere to out-lunge Cameron Morton in the men's final, while the women's final was won by Esther Bottomley, also of Mt Beauty, after fastest qualifier Katie Calder's pole strap slipped on the starting line. Some qualifying times and finals results. Some pics courtesy of Duane Butcher.

Victorian Junior Championships
Finally the Victorian Junior Cross Country Skiing Championships were held at Mt Hotham on the weekend, or at least the freestyle event as unfortunately adverse weather conditions saw the cancellation of the classical event on Sunday. A challenging course around the summit area of Mt Hotham attracted some of the best junior cross country skiers in the state over three age groups in the boys and girls events, although the best M18 skiers journeyed north for the Continental Cup race.

There were good snow conditions for the Saturday freestyle races, and most of the age groups well contested, particularly in the younger categories. Full results available.

Boonoona Open
No rest for the wicked and more racing from Perisher Valley. The Boonoona Open gives you the choice of freestyle or classic, and with the dump of snow on the Sunday morning it was hard to say which was the smart option. If you went classic you had no set tracks but at least someone may have skied in the snow ahead of you, and if you went skating from about half way round it was quicker to double pole in the path of the classic skiers than skate in 3-4 inches of fresh but not quite powder snow.

Anyhow, there was a good field of people, and without knowing with absolute certainty Paul Murray pipped Ben Derrick for the fastest male classic time, Anthony Evans took out the men's freestyle, Belinda Phillips won the women's classic and Camille Melvey the women's freestyle. Results are to be posted on the City Tatts website (when who can tell).


August 1

Victorian Junior Championships on at Mt Hotham
The Victorian Junior Championships rescheduled for August 4/5 will be held this weekend at Mt Hotham. It is likely that the course will need to be moved to the Summit area (parking at Loch car park). If an alternative course is adopted (ie Whisky Flat or Wire Plain) a notice will be posted at Loch car park on the morning of the races.

Start times remain at 11:00am. Any queries should be directed to Nick Derrick on 02 6021 2999 or 03 5759 3011 after Friday morning.

Hotham to Dinner Plain Cancelled
Despite the recent snowfalls at Mt Hotham the track for the Hotham to Dinner Plain has insufficient cover and the race scheduled for August 5 has been cancelled. Postponing the event was not realistically considered due to the already crowded nature of the race calendar, and an alternative course with many laps was not considered to be in the spririt of the Hotham to Dinner Plain point to point tradition.


July 30

Biathlon Night Race at Perisher Valley
A new Faezor biathlon event is to be trialed at Perisher Valley during the NSW race week. The Faezor Biathlon Super Sprint will be run at night under lights on the Perisher Blue front valley on Thursday August 9.

The track will run from Jax to the Pub, up front valley, across the T-bars and back down to Jax, approximately 300 metres. A small penalty loop of around 50m will be on the inside of the main loop. The event will include team relay and individual formats, with several different categories. Start time is 6:30pm, more information on the ABA website.

Possible shift for Australian Championships
Because of the continuing poor snow conditions in Victoria, the race committee for the Australian Championships at Falls Creek are considering a relocation of events. If there is still insufficient snow on August 10th then all competitions will be relocated to Perisher Valley, providing conditions there are still adequate.

Potential race participants should note that if the event is moved, the competition dates will alter slightly as well. The 5/15km classic and the sprint would remain on August 17 and 18, however the 10km freestyle would be shifted from August 21 to August 19. Confirmation of the change in location will be posted on the website on August 13, if you wish to know earlier please contact the race sectretary on 03 5754 1101.

Not the Cabramurra Tour
As indicated in the last update, a classic race was held at Perisher Valley on Saturday July 28 in place of the cancelled Cabramurra Tour. While full results are not yet available, the men's 15km was won by Ben Sim after a long tussle with Chris Darlington, and the women's 15km was won by Camille Melvey ahead of Katie Calder. Results now available, Aug 1.

Call for Australian Junior Coach/Manager for 2001-2002
Skiing Australia Cross Country is calling for expressions of interest for the position of coach/manager of the Australian Junior Team for the 2002 World Junior Championships in Schonach, Germany. More details available


July 25

Victorian Juniors Postponed
The Victorian Junior XC Championships scheduled for Mt Hotham on July 28/29 have been postponed until the following weekend August 4/5. The decision was made by the Wangaratta Ski Club race committee based on the limited snow conditions and weather forecast for the rest of the week.

The conditions at Mt Hotham will be reviewed again on Tuesday July 31. Wangaratta Ski Club apologises for any inconvenience, any queries can be directed to race secretary Nick Derrick on 02 6021 2999.

Hotham Night Sprints Postponed
The Mt Hotham Night Sprints scheduled for July 28 have been postponed indefinitely, pending snow and an available date at Mt Hotham.

"Up until today there was still a chance to run the event under lights right in the middle of the village, however with conditions continuing to deteriorate and rain expected there's little we can do," said Finn Marsland, the event promoter. "With the calendar as jam packed as it is already, about the only chance could be to run it some time in September. This is a real shame as it is the 4th sprint event to be postponed or cancelled already this season."

Cabramurra Tour Cancelled - Classic Race at Perisher
Because of snow conditions (ie lack of it) the Cabramurra Tour this weekend has been cancelled. However thanks to the NSW cross country committee an alternative classic race will be run at Perisher Valley on Saturday July 28. Laps of either the 7.5km or 5km trails are being considered, with a potential race start time of 10:30am.


July 23

NSW/ACT Junior Championships
In hard packed and somewhat icy conditions the NSW and ACT Junior Championships took place at Perisher Valley on the weekend. While numbers were a bit down in Saturday's NSW classic races, 56 juniors competed on Sunday in the ACT freestyle events.

The junior women's 5km events were dominated by 15 year old Sally Cunningham from the ACT, who has recently been taken on as a scholarship holder with the ACT Academy of Sport. Cunningham was well clear of all competitors in the two age classes above her on both days of competition. Colleen Blake from Cooma took second place ahead of Holly Middleton from the ACT on Saturday, then Middleton switched places with Blake to take second place on Sunday.

NSW juniors Ben Sim and Chris Darlington cleaned up in the junior men's 10km events, following on from their success in the senior ACT championships last weekend. Ben Darlington took third place in the classic race on Saturday, while Kieran Step got up for third place in the freestyle on Sunday.

NSW Results - ACT Results

Snowgum Wodonga Mini Series
The first two races in the Snowgum Wodonga Mini Series at Falls Creek were cancelled due to lack of snow, however this news just in from the Telemark Nordic Ski Club:

"We finally got a race in! Just enough snow, nearly all Telemark members participating, beautiful weather, we had to shovel some snow the day before but we had a good 1 km loop."

The final race in the series is scheduled for Falls Creek on August 12. Results from race 3.

Ski Team 2001 - Warning for late entries
A word of warning for those waiting until the last minute to put their entries in for the Ski Team 2001 tipping competition: Unlike previous years, entries will not be accepted on the day of the first competition, August 4. And no email entries either. So get them in the mail pronto.


July 20

Coaching Course Rescheduled for July 27-29
The Level 1 Coaching Course originally tentatively scheduled for June will now be held on the last weekend in July. On snow components of the course will be held up at Perisher Valley, with dry land and theory presentations at the Jindabyne Winter Academy of Sport and Recreation.

The cost of the course is $220, including GST, which covers presenter's fees, venue hire, compulsory texts, Australian Coaching Council registration, and morning and afternoon tea. Places on the course are still available, however interested persons should contact Tim Greville ASAP on 02 6456 2242 or 0417 263836.

New Website and Calendar for APSI Instructor Courses
The APSI - Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors - has recently launched a new website at www.apsi.au.com. The main charter of the APSI is the education, training and certification of Australian snow sport instructors, covering Alpine, Snowboard, Nordic and Telemark disciplines.

While some early season courses were cancelled or postponed, there are still plenty of Nordic courses available. See the Nordic Calendar on the APSI site to find all scheduled courses.


July 16

Calder and Morton clean up in ACT Champs
Canberra skier Katie Calder took victory in the 2001 ACT Cross Country Skiing Championship at Perisher Valley on Saturday July 14. The 20 year old ACT Academy of Sport athlete won the women's 10km classic event in a time of 40 minutes flat, from a field that included the top three ranked Australian skiers.

Reigning Australian Champion Camille Melvey from Boonoona Ski Club held a slender six second lead after the first 5km lap, however faded badly on the second lap to finish a minute behind Calder. Belinda Phillips, the number one ranked Victorian skier, took third place.

The winner of the men's 15km classic event was Cameron Morton from Mt Hotham in Victoria, in a time of 50:15. Morton was several minutes clear from second place, however NSW junior skiers Chris Darlington from Jindabyne and Ben Sim from Cooma surprised the rest of the senior skiers to take the other two podium positions.

Full ACT Championship Results

Big Field at Cooma Open
Over 90 competitors took part in the 2001 Cooma Open at Perisher Valley on Sunday July 15. Cameron Morton and Camille Melvey were the winners in the10km freestyle, though everyone's a winner when Cooma Ski Club puts on hot dogs for all at the presentations.

Morton broke free from the pack right at the start, and was never headed on the way to his second victory in as many days. NSW juniors Ben Sim and Chris Darlington again skied very impressive races to take second and third places.

Melvey was a woman on a mission to take revenge for Saturday's loss, and battled with several of the top male skiers during the 10km race. Second place went to Belinda Phillips, with Katie Calder tired from the previous day's effort in third.

Andrew Colquhoun and Holly Middleton were the fastest boy and girl in the 5km race; Alex Torres and Lee Bottom the fastest in the 2.5km race. Full Cooma Open Results

Lake Mountain Sprint Weekend Rescheduled
It was announced on Sunday that the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Fischer Skis $20,000 Race Weekend has been rescheduled for August 11/12. Zero snow conditions forced the postponement of the cashed up weekend, which now comes up against the Snowy Mountains Classic and Australian 15/30km Championships at Perisher Valley.

The entire program for the weekend, including the Victorian Championships, Elimination Sprints, Bullifght Charge and Christmas Dinner, has been shifted to the new dates.

Victorian Races Cancelled
Unfortunately snow conditions in Victorian continue to be extremely marginal and last weekend's events at Falls Creek were cancelled, including the Birkebeiner Classic, Ski Di Femme, Snowgum Wodonga Mini-Series and Victorian Sprint. Snow has fallen in the last 24 hours and continues to fall at Falls Creek and Mt Hotham so there is hope yet for the Victorian cross country ski season.

Snowy Mountains TV to feature 2000 Sprint Champs
Footage from the 2000 Australian Sprint Championships is to be shown regularly on Snowy Mountains Television throughout the ski season. If you are lucky enough to have access to SMTV, keep an eye out for the 20-25 minute sprint package. Thanks to Peter Maberly from SMTV for covering the event and putting the footage together.


July 11

KAC to Celebrate 30 years
The KAC Cross Country Classic Ski Race is the largest cross country ski race in NSW, and this year celebrates it's 30th Anniversary on Wednesday the 8th of August. Designed to foster the love of skiing, the KAC Cross Country Classic welcomes olympic skiers and casual participants equally.

The race was started in 1972 by some Kosciusko Alpine Club members who wanted to "encourage greater participation in cross country skiing". Having run annually since then, the race continues with the same traditions of promoting citizen cross country skiing in Australia, and of encouraging all entrants to enjoy the day.

One of the traditional features of the race is the prizegiving, held in the evening after the race at Jax Night Club in Perisher Valley. Not only do the first three finishers outright (male and female) and the winner on handicap all receive great prizes, also the first three placegetters in each of about fifteen age categories (from 14 to over 85 years old) all receive prizes as well. The outright winners in 2000 were Nick Almoukov and Camille Melvey from Boonoona Ski Club.

Race organisers are expecting a big turn-out, so if you are going to be hiring skis from Perisher or Jindabyne, it would be a good idea not to leave it till the last minute.

Further information can be found at the KAC Website

Hotham to Dinner Plain
The Hotham to Dinner Plain is not the largest ski race in Victoria, but it is starting to establish itself in the number two spot after 237 entrants in 2000. Like the KAC in NSW, one of the attractions of the Pub to Pub (as it is known) is that it travels from point to point rather than in a loop, and another is that there is a pub at the finish. The Hotham to Dinner Plain Wesbite has just been updated with a new map and course profile (note the vertical drop from start to finish) and race results back to 1994. This year's race takes place on Sunday August 5th, and if you enter on-line you are eligible for special spot prizes on the race day.

Cooma races cleaned out but Paddy Pallin Junior went ahead
The Cooma Clean out the Cobwebs and Clean out the Waxbox races scheduled at Perisher Valley for the last two weekends were cancelled, the first due to lack of snow and the second because of too much of the stuff. However the Paddy Pallin Junior event was squeezed in on Saturday July 7. Results of this event to come shortly.

Conditions at Perisher Valley are now pretty good, grooming has commenced and there should be no problems for the ACT Championships and Cooma Open the coming weekend.

Early Season races Cancelled at Falls Creek
The first four races of the season in Victoria were cancelled because of lack of snow. Snow did fall at the last minute before the weekend, and an unofficial Victorian Interclub Relay was set to go ahead, before dumping rain on the Saturday night reduced the freshly groomed 10km of trails back to nothing.

Cross country conditions at all Victorian resorts are now at rock (or grass) bottom, and the Birkebeiner Classic, Ski Di Femme, and first event of the Victorian Sprint Series all scheduled for this weekend will need a miracle, or at least a big dump of snow.

Entry forms for NSW races
In particular for Victorian skiers who may be thinking of heading north to find some races, some entry forms for the NSW Championship races are now available to download. In word format only - NSW Junior Championships, NSW Sprint Championships. NSW Senior Championship and FIS race form still to come, in the meantime - or if you can't download the other forms - contact race secretary Peter Cunningham on 02 6299 9641.

For Snowy Mountains Classic entry forms, go to www.snowymountainsclassic.org


June 27

Christmas Dinner at Lake Mountain
A further incentive for those thinking of travelling to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort / Fischer Skis Race Weekend. Lake Mountain promotions and development officer George Nadj would like you to know about the Bullfight Ski Club Christmas Dinner at Keppel's Restaurant in Marysville. Here is the schedule for the afternoon/evening:

Agenda Saturday 21st July
3.00 pm - Elimination Sprint Time Trials Begin
5.00 pm - Depart For Marysville
5.30 pm - Drinks at Keppel’s Lounge for Sponsors, Committee, Ski Clubs, Ski Patrol, Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Board of Management and Friends (ie everyone)
7.00 pm - Presentations in Keppel’s Ballroom
Presentations with Minister for all winners, placegetters and spot prizes.
7.30 pm - Christmas Dinner - Traditional -Visit from Father Christmas bearing gifts and goodies

Booking for seats at the dinner are essential, payment can be made on the day - $30.00 adult for three course meal, tables of ten.

For further details contact George Nadj: Phone: 03 59 633 288, Fax: 03 59 633 688, Mobile: 04 19 367 351.

Race Calendar Changes
Biathlon Championships: The Australian Sprint and Pursuit have been moved from the 4th-5th of August to the 12th-13th of August owing to a clash with the FIS points races at Perisher Valley on the 4th of August. The biathlon Australian distance event will now be run on the 5th of August instead of on the 12th.

NSW Time Changes: The following races have changed their start times - new start times in bold:
Saturday July 21 NSW Juniors 10:00 start
Sunday July 22 ACT Juniors 10:00 start
Saturday August 4 NSW Seniors 10:00 start
Monday August 6 Night Relays 6:00 pm start.


June 17

2001 Race Licences and 2001/2002 FIS Licences
A reminder to skiers that they need a race licence to compete in senior state or national championship events. NSW and ACT skiers receive a race licence when they sign up with their respective state associations, while Victorian skiers need to sign up for a race licence with Skiing Victoria/Australia. All skiers also have the option of signing up for a 2001/2002 FIS Licence.. The forms for both licences are available in Word format below. If you are unable to read the documents, the forms are also available from the Skiing Australia office - 03 9614 2644.

To sign up for state membership ACT and NSW skiers should ring:
ACT Snowsports Association - 02 6247 5849
NSW Ski Association - 02 9552 2701

Australian skiers may compete in Australian FIS races without a FIS licence, however they will not receive FIS points and FIS rankings, or appear on the official FIS result lists. All skiers trying to qualify for the national team or planning to ski in International FIS races next summer should register for a FIS licence.

Day licences will also be available for individual competitions in state or national championships. Competitors needing a day licence will pay an additional fee to the race organisers and fill out a form to be sent in to Skiing Australia. Please note that skiers with day licences are not eligible for FIS registration.

2001 Race Licence and 2001/2002 FIS Race Licence Form (Word Document)
FIS Declaration (Word Document)
Extract of FIS Competition Rules (Word Document)

Junior Tested Positive in Poland
Following the recent FIS Congress in Belgium, details were released of a junior skier failing a doping test at the 2001 World Junior Championships in Poland. Elena Kolomina from Kazakstan, who received a bronze medal in the women's 15km freestyle, tested positive to Nandrolone and received a two year suspension from FIS. The fourth place skier in this event was Sereina Mischol from Switzerland.

Note: The Wintersport site posts the most regular xc skiing news, though usually very brief. More detailed reports often come a little later at the XC Skiworld site. Links also above.


June 13

New Domain Name
The Australian Cross Country Skiing and Kangaroo Hoppet websites have moved (as you will know if you are reading this. After much talk and procrastination, finally the www.hoppet.com.au domain is in place. It is possible that some pages and links could have been misplaced in the transfer - if you find any missing links or information, please contact the editor via marslandf@ausport.gov.au

JWSA Rollerski Series Finale
The final round of the JWSA Roller Ski Series saw record numbers on the JWSA bike track. 35 competitors took part in the sprint races and Faezor Biathlon on Saturday June 9th. Links to the results and all the series rankings can be found in the series summary, also including details from the third round on May 26th.

Due to the unusual scoring system where more points are awarded the more competitors are present, the bumper final round saw Matt O'Rourke from Boonoona Ski Club and Minna Pasenen from Finland catapulted into comprehensive series victories. Matt O'Rourke picked up 2200 points to rocket up to 4300 points, well ahead of second placed Nick Almoukov on 1983 points. Minna Pasenen , reportedly on the Finnish junior team some years back, won her second race in a row to take 900 points, giving her a series total of 1500. Katie Calder picked up 450 points in second place, however this left her on 950 points just short of Sally Cunningham on 975 points.

The club series went to Boonoona Ski Club ahead of Canberra Alpine Club.

There were 5 Faezor Biathlon events on the day, which were won by Sean Melbourne, Madeleine Harris, Minna Pasenen, Stuart Melvey, and Peter Cunningham.


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