Provisional National Teams for 2016/2017

The provisional Cross Country Skiing National Teams for 2016-2017 have been released by SSA XC, the cross country committee of Ski & Snowboard Australia.

Two athletes have been invited to join the World Cup Team, Jessica Yeaton and Phillip Bellingham, based on their results over the past year. An additional seven athletes are invited to join the Continental Cup Team. All of these athletes have also already qualified to compete at the 2017 World Championship in Lahti, Finland.

The full provisional team list is available in PDF format below. Team selection is subject to acceptance of the team invitation by the athletes.

A record 16 athletes are being invited to join the Junior Team, with three athletes invited to the U23 Team. The 2017 World Junior/U23 Championship will take place in Soldier Hollow in the USA at the end of January, and it is expected that an Australian Team of up to 10-12 athletes will compete. Continue reading

AUSXC Cocktail Night – October 7

It is just over two weeks until the annual AUSXC Cocktail Night in Melbourne on Friday October 7. The evening doubles as a celebration of Australian cross country ski racing for 2016 and a fundraiser for Australian athletes heading overseas to represent their country in international competition. Combined with other fundraising activities under the XC Towards 2018 banner, nearly $30,000 was raised towards athletes expenses in the 2015/2016 season.

Tickets for the evening are available via the Trybooking website. Drinks and finger food are provided, and National Team athletes are already hard at work collecting items for the silent and live auctions held on the night and putting together audio/visual material (not to mention training for the competitions).

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AUS-NZ Cup Wrap-Up 2016

The 2016 FIS Australia-New Zealand Continental Cup series concluded at the Snow Farm in New Zealand last weekend. US Ski Team athletes dominated the final events of the series, winning all six races, while Australian skiers Katerina Paul and Phillip Bellingham took out the overall series titles. Aimee Watson was the sole Australian to make the podium in an individual event at the Snow Farm, taking third place in the final 5km Freestyle.

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2nd Chae-Won Lee (KOR) – 1st Liz Stephen (USA) – 3rd Aimee Watson (AUS)

Results from all the Snow Farm ANC races are available here on the FIS site:

The top 5 in the final ANC standings are as follows:

Women
1 – 403 points – Katerina Paul, AUS
2 – 314 points – Aimee Watson, AUS
3 – 240 points – Mary Rose, USA
4 – 220 points – Deedra Irwin, USA
5 – 181 points – Elizabeth Stephen, USA

Men
1 – 420 points – Phillip Bellingham, AUS
2 – 315 points – Nick Montgomery, AUS
3 – 285 points – Jackson Bursill, AUS
4 – 272 points – Mark Pollock, AUS
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Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase Prize Draw results

Last night the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase prizes were drawn, at a meeting attended by a selection of SXCV committee members, and past and present cash prize donors.
The grand prize of a pair of v07Plus Skikes donated by Skike Australia was won by Carter Bloom.
The randomly drawn $100 Rochford Wines vouchers were won by Penny Grose and Charles Clarke.
The first place male and female $100 Rochford Wines vouchers were won by Ben Derrick and Amy Beanland.
The first place U23 skiers Amy Beanland and Tommi Silvester each win $200 in cash.
We have four additional $200 cash prizes that were randomly drawn from the top 12 U23 skiers after Amy and Tommi (i.e., second to thirteenth place): Jarrah Forrer, Oliver Adams, Leila Pammer and Hayley Adams.
Many thanks to our sponsors Skike Australia (skike.com.au) and Rochford Wines (rochfordwines.com.au), and our very generous cash prize donors, Melbourne Nordic Ski Club, and anonymous donors.
We hope to do it all again next season.  The first event will likely be the rollerski race at Lake Mountain in May.  Stay tuned for updates.