The Fuel of Progress

A great update on Callum Watson’s post-surgery recovery.

Callum Watson

It is now 1 month since my surgery and today was my first 4 hour day! As I look back at those weary, uncomfortable and uncertain times, I never would have thought I’d already be back to the current state that I have found myself in now! First things first – the fund-raiser. As I outlined in my previous post, it makes me quite emotional to even think about how much generosity has been show towards me. The target of $20,000 was not just dreamt up, it was a figure that was calculated according to what would be needed to give my sporting career another chance. This may sound extreme but its the simple truth. With a massive expense accumulated, my insurer finally deciding they were not going to cover a single dollar. This combined with missing out on more than half my income for the winter along with other…

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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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