Provisional National Teams for 2014/2015

The provisional Cross Country Skiing National Teams for 2014-2015 have been released by SAXC, the cross country committee of Ski & Snowboard Australia.

The four Sochi 2014 Winter Olympians, Phillip Bellingham, Callum Watson, Esther Bottomley and Aimee Watson, have been selected to the World Cup Team based on their results over the past twelve months. Four athletes have been selected to the Continental Cup Team; Paul Kovacs, Casey Wright, Anna Trnka and new team member Jessica Yeaton who is only one result shy of making the World Cup Team. Similarly there are three athletes (corrected Sept 17) in the U23 and Junior Teams, Jackson Bursill, Xanthea Dewez and Katerina Paul, who are also part qualified to the Continental Cup Team. Athletes can move up teams during the northern hemisphere winter based on their performances in FIS competition.

The biggest boost to team numbers has come in the junior ranks, with twelve athletes selected to the Australian Junior Team including eight new athletes making their National Team debut. In total 22 athletes have been named to the different teams. Continue reading

XC Towards 2018 Cocktail Party – September 18

On Thursday September 18 the Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee invites you to a Cocktail Party in Armadale in Melbourne. The evening will be a celebration of Australian cross country ski racing, featuring athletes and images from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Australian Cross Country Ski Team.  A range of goods, services and other offers will be also available at a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the XC Towards 2018 fundraising project.

Tickets are available via the Try Booking website.  Click on the image below for more details.


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The Skiing Accident with Unbelievably Unfortunate Consequences

Originally posted on Callum Watson:

I should apologise for the lack of posts since the Olympics. I treated it as almost a bit of a break from social media, however my sporting career has taken many turns and changes since then! All very positive with many promising gains up until now. I will write another blog in the coming days to explain what exactly I have been up to, however now there are more urgent matters to write about.

Nationals Quarter final. Photo Cred: Bring Into Being

Nationals Quarter final. Photo Cred: Bring Into Being

Unfortunately during the National Sprint Championships I had a major accident which not only withdrew me from the race, but has seriously impacted my health and preparations for the coming European winter. It was the semi-finals of the freestyle sprint. The pack was tight and through a fast section of the course I clipped skis with another skier and fell in the path of the skier behind me…

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Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update

On Saturday 23rd August the final Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase event was held at Falls Creek, the Kangaroo Hoppet/Birkebeinere/Joey Hoppet.  Thanks to the amazing team who put on this grand event.

What a great day it was too, sunny and warm with a light dry breeze that kept the softening snow from becoming too wet.

Important notice:

  • Registrations close soon. That’s right it’s not too late to be included in the great draw prizes.  Register here:
  • The Skike grand prize and cash prizes will be drawn at the Spring SXCV meeting.
  • The top 12 male and female point scorers aged 25 and under are eligible for the cash prizes.
  • Please check that we have recorded your results correctly (remember only your best two Falls Creek results earn points).
  • There has been some confusion between “Age” and “Age points”. They are only the same for 30 year olds.

See the interim results here: ResultsWomen26Aug ResultsMen26Aug Continue reading

Kangaroo Hoppet Podium Shots

Podium shots from the three Kangaroo Hoppet distances last Saturday.

Kangaroo Hoppet Podium Women Valentina Shevchenko, Esther Bottomley (missing Barbara Jezersek)

Kangaroo Hoppet Podium Women
Valentina Shevchenko, Esther Bottomley (missing Barbara Jezersek)

Kangaroo Hoppet Podium Men Phillip Bellingham, Valerio Leccardi, Paul Kovacs

Kangaroo Hoppet Podium Men
Phillip Bellingham, Valerio Leccardi, Paul Kovacs

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Switzerland and Ukraine top the podium at 2014 Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek

Kangaroo Hoppet Press  Release

Falls Creek, August 23, 2014

Australia’s international ski marathon the Kangaroo Hoppet was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. Sunshine and great racing conditions greeted the 1000 plus competitors from 24 nations entered in the three race distances of 42km, 21km, and 7km. The first man across the line in the 42km was Valerio Leccardi from Switzerland, while the first woman was Valentina Shevchenko from Ukraine. The Kangaroo Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series, which features 20 races in 20 countries and has annual participation of over 135,000 skiers.

The men’s podium was filled by Australian locals Phillip Bellingham and Paul Kovacs, with Vahur Teppan from Estonia and Thomas Smith from the USA rounding out the top five. This was Leccardi’s second Hoppet win, having won previously in 2010. The 30-year-old resident of Davos has been training and racing in Australia for over a month, based at the National Team Training Centre at Falls Creek.

The runner-up in the women’s event was Barbara Jezersek from Slovenia, ahead of three-time Australian Winter Olympian Esther Bottomley. Fourth and fifth place went to Lauren Fritz from the USA and Jessica Yeaton from Perth. A veteran on the World Cup circuit and five-time Winter Olympian, Shevchenko was the flag bearer for Ukraine at Sochi 2014.

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Images from the AUSXC Freestyle Sprint Finals

More images from the AUSXC Freestyle Sprint races last Saturday.


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