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.
A little about Mt Hotham, home of the only biathlon range in Australia.
For most people around the globe, Australia brings to mind images of barbeques, surf boards and kangaroos bouncing around in the hot desert sun. However, Australia is actually home the world’s oldest ski club in the gold mining town of Kiandra. Thankfully, since the gold rush skiing in Oz has become much more developed, the country now provides some of the best ski resorts in the southern hemisphere. With ski-in, ski-out accommodation and world-class facilities located just hours from the sweltering city centres, these resorts are a prime location to visit all year round.
Falls Creek Village
High up, adjacent to the breath-taking Bogong High Plains, is the beautiful Falls Creek resort. The largest alpine ski resort in Victoria, Falls Creek has a skiable area of a whopping 450 hectares. The ski-in, ski-out town is completely self-contained with everything you could want from bars, restaurants, schools and supermarkets…
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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.
We have just held the first of our three major “on snow” weekends, the Paul Race Weekend!
Reports on the Paul Weekend and the Fast and Female event are in the mid-July edition of Australian Biathlon News, click on this link for more: AUS Biathlon News. mid-July 2013
Australian Biathlon coaches Lynn-Maree Cullen and Toscha Stopar will be supporting organiser Allison Stoddart with Fast and Female at Falls Creek, Victoria, this Sunday 7 July.
Cullen is a retired World Cup athlete, who assists at biathlon activities in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Whiskey Flat Range at Mt Hotham, Victoria; Stopar was coach at the Inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games and coaches athletes in Melbourne, Victoria.
Cullen and Stopar will be introducing girls and young women to the new Larsen laser system, which has expanded the participation rate in biathlon exponentially since this new technology was introduced in Australia in February 2013.
There’s more snow coming today, and for the next few days, too.
We’re looking for more snow to get those biathlon and cross country ski trails well and truly covered!
Currently it’s below zero degrees Celsius at Mt Hotham.
Let’s hope for conditions to soon be like the ones in this photo of Whiskey Flat, at a Championship event a couple of seasons ago.