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Due to insufficient snow cover, the Australian Biathlon Championships, which were due to be held this coming 10/11 August, have been rescheduled to 31 August/1 September.
There will be non-National events held at Whiskey Flat, Mt Hotham this weekend, involving around 60 participants.
Australia has been represented at seven Winter Olympic Games, since the first Australian biathlete, Andrew Paul, participated in 1984.
- 1984 Sarajevo: Andrew Paul
- 1988 Calgary: Andrew Paul
- 1992 Albertville: Kerryn Rim (Pethybridge), Sandra Paintin-Paul
- 1994 Lillehammer: Kerryn Rim, Sandra Paintin-Paul
- 1998 Nagano: Kerryn Rim
- 2006 Torino: Cameron Morton
- 2010 Vancouver: Alex Almoukov
Pictured is Alex Almoukov, currently Australia’s only World Cup biathlete, at Vancouver 2010.
Further info on Australians at the Winter Olympic Games, plus the 2014 Sochi prospective team, may be found at the Australian Olympic Committee website: http://sochi2014.olympics.com.au
Australia and New Zealand are part of the Oceania region for biathlon. Australia has a long-standing Trans-Tasman rivalry with our New Zealand cousins; rugby union, rugby league, cricket and netball are major sports of “friendly rivalry,” with the first tour of NZ by the Australian Cricket Team dating back to 1878.
Today’s edition of the Otago Daily Times outlines the progress of biathlon in New Zealand, which occurs exclusively at Snow Farm, Wanaka, South Island: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/266373/view-snow-farm-could-host-world-class-biathlon
The Victorian Biathlon Championships have been rescheduled to Satuday 31 August/Sunday 1 September 2013
Biathlon is a small sport in Australia, having started here in the 1970s. At that time, the sport of biathlon internationally was part of Modern Pentathlon (now UIPM).
The first official event in Australia was the Southern Aurora Cup in 1977. Events are all held at Whiskey Flat, Mt Hotham, the only accredited biathlon range in Australia.
There have been seven Australian representations at Winter Olympic Games.
From the 1986 newsletter … “Race entry fees Seniors $5 per weekend, Juniors/Students $3”
The Fourth Annual Paul Race Weekend was the biggest and best so far! Over 50 participants enjoyed easing into the Australian Biathlon 2013 season with some fun events. Highlight of the races was the “New Chum and Old Hand Coaching Challenge,” where the experienced coaches the novice during the event. Convenor Greg Paul (pictured) was thrilled with the event, which he started in memory of his parents Colin and Alice Paul, two founding members of Australian Biathlon in the 1970s.
Due to insufficient snow, the Victorian Biathlon Championships scheduled for 20/21 July have been postponed.
A substitute date will be advised in due course.