SSA Futures in Sydney

Ski and Snowboard Australia, in conjunction with NSW Cross Country and NSW Biathlon Association, hosted an SSA Futures camp in Sydney over the weekend with over 40 athletes attending.

The athletes were treated to some high level coaching, with Cross Country World Juniors Coach Nick Grimmer, Biathlon National Team coach Nick Almoukov, NSW XC State Coach Alasdair Tutt, XC Olympian Ben Sim, Olympic Biathletes Alex Almoukov and Lucy Glanville and Biathlon National Team member Daniel Walker all helping. Continue reading

National Team Camp Coach Experience Opportunity

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!

Ski & Snowboard Australia is pleased to announce an assistant coaching opportunity for a recently trained cross country ski coach looking to gain high level coaching experience. In June and July national team camps are being held and one lucky coach will be given the opportunity to attend one of the following camps as an observer and an assistant coach.

National Team Testing Camp, June 19-21, 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, July 6-11 (first 3 days only 6-8th), Falls Creek, VIC

Working alongside national team coaches with athletes from Junior/U23 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 partial reimbursement of travel money. Continue reading

Rollerski with an Olympian Wrap-up

Ski and Snowboard Australia, NSW Cross Country and the NSW Biathlon Association partnered up last Saturday 10 May to put on “Roller Ski with an Olympian” at the Sydney Olympic Park. The day was a great chance to raise the profile of Nordic sports in Sydney as well as to kick start fundraising for athletes towards the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympians Esther Bottomley, Lucy Glanville, Alex Almoukov and Slovenian Barbara Jezersek all participated in the event, assisted by Olympic Biathlon and Cross Country coaches Nick Almoukov and Finn Marsland, XC National Coaching Director Allison Stoddart and Biathlon National Team athlete Daniel Walker.

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SSA Futures Wangaratta Report

This report has been republished from the SSA website:

The SSA Futures Program is in full swing again this season with a number of dryland programs available ahead of the snow season. The most recent program was for those young Cross Country skiers around North East Victoria.

Australian Cross Country Ski Team members, Paul Kovacs, Anna Trnka, Xanthea Dewez and Ash Kildea, and National Junior coach and organiser of the SSA Cross Country Futures weekend, Nick Grimmer, showed the aspiring young skiers what it takes to be a champion.Wangaratta Futures Session

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SAXC seeks EOIs for an Athlete Representative

A new SSA Cross Country Committee (SAXC) was appointed late last year after an extensive internal review. One of the tasks of the new committee not yet completed was the appointment of an Athlete Representative. SAXC are now calling for Expressions of Interest for this position on the committee. The role of the Athlete Representative is to:

  • Bring an athlete’s perspective to general committee discussion and decisions;
  • Advise the committee on athlete specific issues such as selection policies, race calendars, athlete support mechanisms;
  • Consult with current national team athletes and wider athlete community;
  • Ensure that relevant committee decisions are well communicated to the national team and wider athlete community;
  • The Athlete Representative may also have an active role on other sub-committees depending on their personal skills and experience.

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Montgomery, Wright Win 2014 Victorian Rollerski Championship

Lake Mountain LogoOn Sunday 11th May 45 rollerskiers and ‘Skikers’ braved wet conditions to compete in the Victorian Rollerski/Skike Championships at Lake Mountain. Competitors had the choice of either a 10km or 4km hill climb and although the rain made the conditions more challenging, all enjoyed the event. This was an increase on the numbers of the race last year which was good considering the wet conditions.

World Cross Country Ski Championship skiers Nick Montgomery and Casey Wright were clear winners of the 10 km men’s and women’s, Hugh Pollard and Katerina Paul won the junior category while Meg Watkins was a clear winner of the 4km event.

The event coincided with a range of activities including a training camp for the Victorian Junior XC Ski Squad; laser biathlon come and try session run by the Australian Biathlon Association; a demo trade display by the people from Team Skike; and a learn to rollerski clinic run by Melbourne Nordic Ski Club.

Full results are linked in PDF format: Lake Mountain Rollerski Results 2014

Nick Montgomery on his way to victory

Nick Montgomery on his way to victory

SSA Awards 2014

The 2014 Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards were held in Melbourne last Thursday evening May 1. The overall Snowsports Athlete of the Year award was shared between Sochi 2014 silver medalists David Morris (Freestyle Aerials) and Torah Bright (Snowboard). The rest of the awards and summary of the evening can be read about here on the SSA website.

No cross country skiers received overall awards, however the cross country skiing nominations for each of the awards were as follows:

  • Athlete of the Year: Phillip Bellingham
  • Junior Athlete of the Year: Casey Wright
  • Outstanding Achievement: Phillip Bellingham
  • Rising Star: Katerina Paul
  • Coach of the Year: August Teague
  • Development Coach of the Year: JC Legras

The citations that accompanied each of the cross country skiing nominations are included below. Continue reading