2017 AUS Rollerski Championship & AUSXC Awards

The 2017 Australian Rollerski Championship and AUSXC Awards are back on as a double-header in Canberra on Saturday April 8. Registration for both events has just gone live on the SSA website at the following links:

The Rollerski Championships at the Stromlo Forest Park feature a Sprint event and a Criterium event, both in freestyle technique and held on an enclosed 1.2km loop. The races are supported by Snow Trek & Travel in Wodonga, with rollerski demos available between events provided by Snow Trek & Travel and other rollerski distributers. Race categories include Championship, Masters, U16 and U12, with a special Open class for those with racing rollerskis. Further details of the event schedule is available on the registration page.

2017 AUSXC Rollerski Flyer

The AUSXC Awards celebrate the achievements in Australian cross country skiing over the past year. Awards include Cross Country Skier of the Year and Junior Skier of the Year, the winners of which will become the XC nominees for the SSA Awards on April 27, as well as Volunteer of the Year, Special Achievements and more. The function will also feature images and footage from Australian Team athletes recently returned from overseas and from the 2016 Australian winter. Join athletes, coaches, officials, families, supporters and general ski enthusiasts for a great social occasion.

2017 AUSXC Awards Flyer

Final V-Logs from the 2017 World Junior/U23 Championship

The 2017 World Junior/U23 Championship in Soldier Hollow finished up over a month ago, but we neglected to post the last two of the team V-Logs (see the first four V-logs here). Here they are now for you to enjoy if you didn’t see the original posts on AUSXC Facebook.

Junior Men’s 4 x 5km Relay

This was Australia’s first World Junior Championship Men’s relay team since 1995, a fantastic achievement by Liam Burton, Jarrah Forrer, Seve de Campo and Matt Bull.

Junior Skiathlon

Great effort by Lilly Boland and Seve de Campo racing their first ever Skiathlon races at the World Juniors.

2017 AUSXC Awards Nominations

The 2017 AUSXC Awards at the AIS in Canberra on April 8 are coming up fast. Celebrating the achievements in Australian cross country skiing over the past year, the following award categories are recognised on the night:

  • XC Athlete of the Year
  • Junior XC Athlete of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • XC Rising Star
  • XC Coach of the Year
  • XC Development Coach of the Year
  • U23 XC Athlete of the Year
  • XC Young Achiever
  • Masters XC Skier of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year (ACT, NSW & VIC)

The winners of the first six of these categories become the XC nominees for the SSA Awards in Melbourne on April 27, while the remaining categories are stand-alone XC awards.

All eligible athletes and coaches will be considered for relevant awards without nominations needing to be submitted, however nominations for Volunteer of the Year and Masters Skier of the Year are now being sought from the state skiing organisations and can also be submitted from the general skiing community. Nominations including supporting information (less than 1-page) should be emailed to info@ausxc.com by Friday March 31.

 

The nomination criteria for each of the awards, including the SSA awards, are posted here:

Tickets for the AUSXC Awards Cocktail Dinner are $33 for adults and $15 for juniors U12, and are available online here.

 

Perisher Nordic Shelter Managers for Winter 2017 – Expressions of Interest

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The NSWXC Nordic Shelter Management Committee are seeking expressions of interest by persons interested in managing the Perisher Valley Nordic Shelter in 2017.  Managing the Nordic Shelter at the Perisher XC Centre is one of the more interesting ways to fill a winter.

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2017 Australian Race Calendar

The preliminary 2017 Australian Race Calendar has recently been released by the SSA XC Committee and posted to the Calendar Page on this site. The schedule of the major championships and events are as follows:

  • July 15/16 – State Championships at Falls Creek and Perisher
  • July 22/23 – AUS Championships & FIS Races at Perisher
  • July 29/30 – AUS Junior Championships at Falls Creek
  • August 5-12 – NSW Cross Country Week at Perisher
  • August 19/20 – AUS Championships & FIS Races at Falls Creek
  • August 26 – Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek

The full calendar in PDF is also available for download here (Feb 17 version 2.0).

The main change is the moving of the Australian Championships at Perisher back into July. This has freed up the start of the NSW Cross Country Week from a championship event, which NSWXC have been requesting for several years because a clash with a long standing club event. Concurrently a clash between an Australian Junior Team Selection race and the Victorian Interschools has also been removed. This shift was enabled by moving the Victorian Junior Championships into the last weekend of the Victorian School Holidays, which in turn was only made possible with the cooperation of Victorian club race organisers. While several compromises have had to be reached, SSA XC believes that the overall outcome has been worth the effort.

This timing of events is for 2017 only, and the 2018 calendar will be put together later this year following a review of the scheduling of races within the NSW Cross Country Week. It should be noted that SSA XC will continue to lobby to have the Victorian Interschools Cross Country event moved to a mid-week schedule, as is the case with the NSW and Australian Interschools events.

SSA XC would like to thank all race organisers for their assistance in putting this race schedule together.

Catch-Up Report: Kat Paul

Kat Paul’s season so far can be split into three parts. The first was in late November and early December in which she raced very successfully on the USA Super Tour qualifying for senior finals in all of the sprint races she started. Her second phases involved US Championships and U23 World Championships both in Utah, USA. Her third phase is just beginning in Europe with World Championships in Lahti just around the corner.

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Lahti 2017 World Championship Team Named

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Australian Team at the recent World Cup in Pyeongchang. L-R Randy Gibbs (tech), Jessica Yeaton, Phillip Bellingham, Aimee Watson, Callum Watson, Paul Kovacs, Valerio Leccardi (coach), Paul Moore (tech). Additional athletes in team for Lahti: Barbara Jezersek, Katerina Paul, Nick Montgomery.

In form Aussies selected for World Championships

One of Australia’s strongest ever teams has been assembled to compete at the 2017 Cross Country World Championships, and they will be looking for personal best performances when they compete from 22 February – 5 March in Lahti, Finland.

“We have a really strong team of females and males with several experienced athletes leading our team at the World Championships,” Head Coach Valerio Leccardi said.

“Peaking at the right time, giving athletes fast competitive skis, and having a positive team environment would see some athletes achieve their potential of a top 30 result, and for all athletes to achieve their individual goals.” Continue reading