Rachel Koroscil, Head Coach

Rachel grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba. She fell in love with the sport of biathlon and soon began training as a part of the provincial team. After graduating in 2009, Rachel moved to Winnipeg to begin university and subsequently began coaching for the province of Manitoba. After representing Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in 2011, she completed the switch from athlete to coach and was named the Provincial Head Coach of Biathlon Manitoba the following year. Between her coaching responsibilities, Rachel earned a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2013 and a Bachelor of Education in 2015 from the University of Manitoba. In 2015, she moved out to Canmore to begin working with the Canmore Nordic Ski Club as the Lead Biathlon Coach and Biathlon Program Manager. Through her 8 years with CNSC, she coached athletes just starting out in the sport, all the way to athletes competing at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2021. She completed her Advanced Coaching Diploma in 2019 and has been accepted to the IBU Coach Academy for the Level 2 course in 2023-24. Between domestic coaching, she has also led and assisted on many international tours including World Youth and Junior Championships, IBU Cups, World Cups, and World Championships. Additionally, she served on the Biathlon Canada Domestic Committee from 2017-2020 and the Biathlon Alberta Board as the Coaching Development Director from 2019 to 2023. Beyond coaching, she can be found applying her Manitoba farming skills in her garden, traveling, or out enjoying the mountains through backpacking, fishing, or running.

Contact Rachel: Rachel@biathlon.ca

Katya Dittrich, Assistant Coach

Katya is excited to be joining the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre for her first season. She has coached Biathlon at various levels for the past 7 years, with experience working with athletes at both the club and provincial level in Alberta and Quebec. She has also gained experience at the international level, coaching Canada’s Youth and Junior athletes on the Junior IBU and at YJWCH. Katya is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She applies her studies to her coaching, taking an interest in the role that mental fitness and well-being play in athlete performance. Katya is passionate about supporting athletes as they set goals, learn to take accountability for their training, and work hard to improve and grow in the sport of Biathlon. A long-time resident of the Bow Valley, Katya enjoys skiing, running, climbing, and spending as much of her time as possible outside.

Contact Katya: Katya@biathlon.ca

Chelsea Deschamps, Strength, and Movement Coach

Chelsea has been a strength coach and exercise physiologist for over 10 years and has been working with the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre for the past five seasons. She has worked with athletes from many sports and has coached Nordic athletes in both biathlon and cross-country, several of whom have gone on to ski on the national team. She completed her master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2016 and belongs to both the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as an exercise physiologist and the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist. Chelsea firmly believes in strong movement foundations for the athletes and enjoys working creatively with each athlete to establish stability and strength transferrable to skiing. As an athlete herself, she competed in luge, national-level university rowing, and recreational trail running races. These days she enjoys downhill skiing, trail running, fly fishing, and baking.