On Saturday 19 July, the Victorian Championship Sprint event was held at Whiskey Flat Range, Mt Hotham.
Snow conditions were the best in many years and with the sun shining and temperature rising to 1°C, conditions were perfect for competitors, officials and spectators. In all over 80 people enjoyed the festivities.
There were two race starts, with most of those aged over 18 in the first race group, with others following in the second group, including those participating in laser class (see featured image).
Winner of the blue ribbon Men’s Open was Damon Morton, with Giles Richardson taking the silver and Hamish McLean the bronze.
In the blue ribbon Women’s Open, sole participant Irene Dunn took the gold.
Australian Biathlon has been thrilled to host visiting International Biathlon Union expert Ubaldo Prucker. Coach Prucker is one of the founding members of the IBU, is a former IBU Vice-President (Development) and is the official who ran biathlon events at both the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and the 2013 Winter University Games. Coach Prucker has been conducting a review to assist Australian Biathlon with our long term development. After presenting participants with their medals, Coach Prucker very kindly ran a skiing clinic, for participants and coaches alike. Here he is pictured with our youngest participant, Nicholas Wilkinson, who took part in the Mens Under 9 laser class.
Sprint Mens Open G Richardson (L, 2nd), D Morton (1st, centre), H McLean (R, 3rd)
Sprint Women Open I Dunn (foreground) 1st
IBU expert Ubaldo Prucker watches youngest participant Nicholas Wilkinson during the post-race ski clinic
2014 Victorian Championship Sprint Results 19 July 2014