The Arctic Circle.

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So before you click the link and head to the blog a word of warning, this one will be fairly photo laden. However it’s hard to spend a week in the Arctic and not go photo crazy. A few of these are my pics but all the photo genius and praise needs to go to Seth Adams, one of my companions for the trip. He does great work and you should check out his blog here!

On Monday of last week Lauren and I packed our bags again and headed to the airport. This time we were heading into the Alaskan bush as part of the NANANordic Program to bring cross-country skiing to the native children in remote villages. We spent the week teaching all the kids in school to ski and anyone who wanted to try after school. We ended up skiing over 8 hours a day with…

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EOI for High Performance Coaching Experience

Do you have a desire to pursue coaching at a higher level and want to know more about what goes on at the national level with Australia’s best XC athletes? This is your chance!

The Australian Cross Country Ski Team is pleased to announce an assistant coaching opportunity for a recently trained coach looking to gain high level coaching experience. In June and July national team camps are being held and one development lucky coach will be given the opportunity to attend one of these camps as an observer and an assistant coach.

2014 recipient, Rob Jones had this to say about the experience.

….These two coaches not only allowed me to actively participate in the running of the tests, but gave me in depth knowledge as to what I should be looking for and how these results can shape an individual’s training program……Coming out the other side of the camp though shaped me as a coach, giving me a drive to continue as a coach in the sport to develop my skills further.

This year Rob returned to the AIS as a coach for the Australian Junior Development Team Camp!

The successful applicant will be able to attend one of the following camps.

National Senior Team testing camp, June 18-20, Australian Institute of Sport, ACT

Coaching would be alongside AUS XC head coach Finn Marsland, working with athletes from the World Cup and Continental Cup teams. The coach would get to observe national team physiological testing protocols, assist with running of the tests and be involved with interpretation of test data with the head coach and athletes. Accommodation and meals at the AIS would be provided for 3 days, plus partial reimbursement of travel money.

Australian Junior / U23 On-snow Camp, June 28th – July 3rd (first 3 days only 28-30th), Falls Creek, VIC

Coaching alongside national team coaches, working with athletes from Junior/U23 and senior teams. The coach would get to observe national team training methods, assist with technique analysis and management of training sessions, and be involved in daily interaction with team coaches and athletes. Accommodation and meals would be provided for 3 days at the YMCA Howman’s Gap. Plus agreed reimbursement of travel money.

Eligible applicants are any person who has attended a cross country Coach Level 1 or 2 since 2011.

EOIs should be no longer than one page and outline: level of qualification (coach courses attended); coaching experience; which camp they would like to attend; coaching goals; and responses to the following questions: Why would you like to attend the camp? What do you hope to gain from attending the chosen camp? Each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis and the successful applicant will be the one judged most likely to continue to contribute to cross country skiing in Australia through their coaching. The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 29th May.

Expressions of interest need to be emailed to the National Coaching Director by Friday 22nd May.

For more information contact:

Allison McArdle

National Coaching Director – Cross Country

0416627747 (after 29th April only)

allison.c.stoddart@gmail.com

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2015 Australian Rollerski Championship – Results & Report

The 2015 Australian Rollerski Championships were held at the Stromlo Forest Park last Saturday April 11. A record 42 participants took part in the competitions, which included a Freestyle Sprint and a Freestyle Mass Start Criterium. Australian Junior Team member Damon Morton won the open men’s events after close competition from his father Cameron Morton and Canberra local Daniel Sarri. Former Slovenian National Team member Barbara Jezersek won the women’s events ahead of Australian Junior Team skier Darcie Morton. The event was proudly sponsored by Snow Trek & Travel from Wodonga, Australia’s cross country skiing specialists.

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Barbara Jezersek, Darcie Morton & Ella Jackson

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Spring Series and the end of the racing season.

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There is something very special about Spring Series, and the week of racing that it brings. No other time of the year feels the same.

The racing is really serious, yet so relaxed and mellow. It’s a time when athletes come together for one more week of punishment after months of racing and pushing our bodies to the edge.

So many athletes are done with the season, burnt out, had enough, yet everyone still comes from all over the country to race and enjoy one more week together. Some athletes even come out of retirement just to participate in races they are so fun.

Are the courses easier? Is the competition softer? Do we ski less? Nope. This week we were racing at over 2200meters on a course that had a 6 minute continuous climb in it. We raced a total of 71 km over four races and some of…

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German Champs 50km Classic: Race Report

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They’re done, it’s all over! With one final race last weekend, I wrapped up my longest race season so far, with my longest race so far. Going into this race I was pretty nervous about even being able to finish, given how tough the distance is psychologically, and I rarely do training sessions with 50km of skiing, nor races over 15km. Fortunately the race was moved from its original location in Garmisch, where the Kaltenbrunn course is famous for being brutally tough, to Bodenmais, a resort town in the Bavarian Forest, up near the Czech border east of Munich.

The first consequence of moving the race was that it was no longer an internationally-sanctioned FIS race, which meant I wasn’t going to be allowed to start, for a whole host of bureaucratic reasons that only Germans could possibly understand. Fortunately, my coach made a few phone calls, and a guest…

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Back in the sunny States.

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I flew straight back to Anchorage, Alaska after Europe and the plan was to recharge, refocus and as one of the Australian coaches said to me “head to my happy place”. Over the course of the two weeks that’s exactly what I did. The conditions in Anchorage were almost perfect for training. No there weren’t endless kilometres of skiing there but what they had was really good quality skiing with some of the best trails I’ve been able to ski all year. That’s all thanks to their ability to make snow exclusively for the cross country trails. But the best part was that there had been a lot of melt out, so if you didn’t fancy skiing finding dry running trails was simple and again spectacular. Everything seemed to set up nicely while I was there. The weather turned to perfect blue bird days but with cool enough temperatures that…

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Bellingham into 2015 Red Bull Nordix Finals

The 2015 Red Bull Nordix Final is on this Saturday March 21 in Salen in Sweden. Ovenight Australia’s sole entrant Philip Bellingham made it through the first qualification round and narrowly missed out on winning the best trick competition. The finals seeding round and finals take place tonight (Australian time) and can be viewed live over the internet.

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In 2013 Phil finished 14th in the Red Bull Nordix in Czech, on that occasion he won the best trick event with a back flip. In Sweden the compeition was tougher, with a number of skiers landing inverted jumps.

“I thought I was in with a good chance after I landed both a Lincoln (a sideways loop) and a back flip,” said Phil from Högfjället, where all the athletes are being hosted. “However another skier also pulled a Lincoln and they judged his style was better.” The winner was local Swede Johan Lilja – footage of his jump and others can be seen on the Red Bull Nordix site. Phil appears a couple of times in the general footage, including his succesful back flip.

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