2023 Jupi Award applications are now being accepted!

By October 24, 2023No Comments

A group of former BATC Head Coach, Richard Boruta’s, athletes have come together to create an annual award to remember their late coach. A minimum of $1,500 ($750 male/ $750 female) will benefit two developing Biathlon Alberta athletes and pay tribute to Richard’s memory.

Boruta’s sudden passing in August 2017 shocked the biathlon community. He was a family man, a respected world-class coach and a builder of biathlon throughout Canada. His work ethic and incredible passion for life were infectious to all those with whom he came into contact. The “Jupi Award,” which is roughly translated as “awesome” in Czech, is intended to recognize a young athlete who personifies these same traits in their pursuit of excellence in biathlon.

Application details and criteria:

  • Biathlon Alberta members, ages 14 to 19 years of age as of January 1st, 2024
  • Submit a maximum of 500 words on your future plans in Biathlon (pdf document)
  • Send applications to Elmar Heger, at and include “Jupi Award” and your name in the subject line
  • The deadline to submit your applications is Friday, November 10th, 2023.

All applicants should be prepared to submit 2-3 written season updates for the donating group.