Biathlon Alberta announced recipients of annual awards after the 2021 AGM!

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Biathlon Alberta announced all 2020-21 season award recipients after the AGM last Tuesday. Due to the lack of racing on a provincial level, no Calforex Cup Awards were presented but the Alberta Athlete of the Year Awards and the 4 awards that are non-athlete related were presented.

The Alberta Athlete of the Year Awards are based on international racing success in the IBU categories and all recipients raced at the IBU World Cup level or at the Youth/Junior World Championships.

The 2021 Biathlon Alberta Athletes of the Year are:

Women: Emma Lunder (RMR)

Men: Scott Gow (RMR)

Junior Women: Anna Sellers (Canmore Nordic)

Junior Men: Haldan Borglum (Foothills Nordic/BATC)

Youth Women: Jenna Sherrington (Foothills Nordic/BATC)

Youth Men: Finn Berg (CBR)

Further were the winner of the Ruedi Setz Memorial Award, Shell Volunteer of the Year Award, Alberta Biathlon Club Official of the Year Award and the Richard Boruta Memorial Award- Coach of the Year announced.

The 2021 award recipients are:

Ruedi Setz Memorial Award: Joseph Mills (Foothills Nordic)

Shell Volunteer of the Year Award: Kurt Scobie (Hinton Nordic)

Alberta Biathlon Club Official of the Year Award: Barb Sand (Edmonton Nordic)

Richard Boruta Memorial Award- Coach of the Year: Rachel Koroscil (Canmore Nordic)

We thank our award-winning athletes for representing Canada and Alberta on the international stage and wish them all the best for the 2021-22 season.

We also thank our 4 award-winning recipients for all their hard work and dedication to grow and promote our sport in Alberta and Canada.

The plan is to present the Athlete of the Year Awards during the 2021-22 Biathlon Canada trials in early November and the other 4 awards during the weekend of Calforex Cup #1 or #2.

NCCP coaching course is scheduled!

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Biathlon Alberta has scheduled an NCCP coaching course for the Biathlon Assistant (bronze) and Biathlon Trainer (silver) coaching certificate on October 30-31, 2021, in Canmore.

If you wish to take the course, please click HERE for more information.

We also plan to hold a Biathlon Leader (gold) course in the near future. Please stay tuned for that!

We are looking for all Biathlon Alberta Officials

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We are working on merging different lists of Biathlon Alberta Officials. We have sent yesterday an email to all Officials that are on our lists. If you are holding an Officials qualification but haven’t received an email please take the time to fill out our short questionnaire to be included on the new Biathlon Alberta Officials list.

You can access the questionnaire HERE!

Thank you very much for your help!

Biathlon Alberta is looking for Technical Directors for the 2021-22 Calforex Cup season!

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Biathlon Alberta is seeking applications from qualified Officials for the Technical Director positions for our 2021-22 Calforex Cup events.

The vacant dates are:

  • November 20 – 21, 2021, Calforex Cup #1, Canmore
  • November 27 – 28, 2021, Calforex Cup #2, Canmore
  • December 11 – 12, 2021, Calforex Cup #3, Hinton
  • January 15 – 16, 2021, Calforex Cup #4, Camrose
  • February 5 – 6, 2021, Calforex Cup #5, Grande Prairie
  • February 26 – 27, 2021, Calforex Cup #6, Edmonton
  • March 12 – 13, 2021, Calforex Cup #7, Hinton

If you are interested in one or more of the above dates, please email our General Manager, Elmar Heger, at elmar@biathlon.ca and indicate which event(s) you are interested in and what your current TD experience is.

Please submit your application before September 10, 2021, to be considered as a Technical Director.

Biathlon Canada Online Advanced Level Officials Course September 25-26, 2021

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Biathlon Canada is offering a free virtual Advanced Officials course.

Biathlon Alberta can nominate up to three people and we have one guaranteed spot.

If you wish to take this virtual course please email our General Manager, Elmar Heger, at elmar@biathlon.ca. We will nominate interested members on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please find more details below.

Course Information:

Below are details regarding this course:

  • Dates: Saturday, September 25 & Sunday, September 26, 2021 
  • Duration: 4.5 hour sessions each day (breaks built in to these 4.5 hour sessions)
  • Start Time: 9:00am PST, 10:00am MST, 11 am CST, 12:00pm EST, 1:00pm AST, 1:30pm NST
  • Cost: No charge to participants
  • Language: English
  • Instructors: Sidney Furuness, Erin Sand, Erika Charron
  • Total # Participants: 12

Participant Requirements:

Participants in the course must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered member of Biathlon Canada
  • Be available for the entire duration of the online course
  • Have the required technology to participate in the course (computer, internet access, microphone, webcam, speakers) 
  • Completed Entry Level Officials certification
  • Completed a minimum of 5 of 8 competencies with proof in logbook

For more information please contact elmar@biathlon.ca

2021 Annual General Meeting – Notice

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Biathlon Alberta invites all 2020-21 & 2021-22 members to the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held virtually on zoom.

Please find the official notification for the 2021 Annual General Meeting below.

To register for the AGM please fill out the registration form. Please click HERE.

Please note that the online registration form will be last checked on September 13, 2021 at 12:00pm. If you wish to register for the meeting after that point, please contact our General Manager, Elmar Heger, directly at elmar@biathlon.ca

All additional reports, the meetings agenda and further information will be posted on the Biathlon Alberta website not later than September 10, 2021. All 2020-21 and 2021-22 members will receive a link to the post via email.

The zoom link for the AGM will be sent out not later than September 13, 2021, to all members that have registered through the google form above.

4th annual “JUPI-Award” applications are now open!

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A group of Richard Boruta’s former athletes have come together to create an annual award valued at $2,450 that will benefit a developing Biathlon Alberta athlete and pay tribute to the late coach’s memory ($1225 female / $1225 male).

Boruta’s sudden passing in August 2017 shocked the biathlon community. He was a family man, respected world-class coach and builder of biathlon throughout Canada. His worth-ethic and incredible passion for life was infectious to all those with who 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, 2022
  • Submit a maximum of 500 words on your future plans in Biathlon (in word or pdf document)
  • Send applications to Elmar Heger, at elmar@biathlon.ca and include “Jupi Award” in the subject line
  • Deadline to submit applications is Thursday, September 30th, 2021.

Biathlon Alberta is seeking nominations for 2020-21 awards!

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The 2020-21 season was everything but normal but we saw some great work by our clubs and members that worked their way through the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s time to celebrate those who worked hard in our community!

Biathlon Alberta is asking their members to nominate other members for the following awards:

  • Ruedi Setz Memorial Award

The award will honour a biathlete who has performed well in the sport, displayed exemplary standards of sportsmanship, and made a significant contribution in assisting the development of the sport. The recipient will not necessarily have exhibited the highest performance level during the competition year.

  • Shell Volunteer of the Year Award

The Shell Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded annually to a Biathlon Alberta member who has made significant contributions to the sport of biathlon and truly exemplifies the volunteer spirit.

  • Alberta Biathlon Club Official of the Year Award

The ABC Official of the Year Award is presented annually to a Biathlon Alberta member who has significantly contributed to the officiating of Biathlon Alberta competitions. This individual respects the rules and regulations of Biathlon while demonstrating a philosophy of fair play.

  • Richard Boruta Memorial- Coach of the Year Award

The Richard Boruta Memorial  – Coach of the Year Award is presented annually to the Biathlon Alberta Coach who demonstrates respect for officials, opponents, and parents while espousing a philosophy of fair play. This coach demonstrates concern for the all-around development of the athlete and instils guidelines reflecting responsible conduct beyond the playing field. Furthermore, this coach presents by example a positive image of coaching, applies relevant training theory and coaching techniques, and demonstrates the ability to improve the athletic performance of a team or individual.

Please send all nominations to Elmar Heger (elmar@biathlon.ca) before Friday, August 27, 2021, at 12 pm

Please click here for more information about all Biathlon Alberta awards.

The tragic passing of Camrose Nordic’s Ole Heie

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With deep sadness, Biathlon Alberta shares the news that we received from the Camrose Nordic Ski Club about the passing of their young teammate, training partner and faithful friend, Ole Heie. Ole died suddenly on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the age of 12 years old, doing what he loved, running and training throughout the lands where he grew up.

Ole’s accomplishments throughout his young life were immeasurable. He was extremely musical, where his talents extended to the ukulele, guitar, flute and piccolo. He was a proud and independent farm kid, exploring the family land with full imagination at every opportunity. He was a conscientious student, studying in French-Immersion. A lifelong member of the Camrose Ski Club and Jr. Vikings, nothing made Ole smile bigger than heading down the trail chasing the ‘big kids’ on an after-school practice! A driven and dedicated athlete, Ole recently crushed some impressive goals, powered by gummies, of course – reaching 1000 km in just the first 54 days of the last ski season, making national news with his one-day 100km ski, and completing his first ultra-marathon this spring. Whether he whizzed by, blond hair flowing, on his roller skis at Mirror Lake, down the dipsy-doodles, or at a race in the mountains, Ole’s adventurous passion and pure joy were infectious to all who had the honour of sharing the trail. 

Ole’s kind character and love for the outdoors will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with his loving parents, Rob & Leigh, and sister, Ava, who are beyond proud of the young man he became. As we all navigate the heartbreaking grief of Ole’s passing, we hope that you will find comfort with Ole’s spirit on the trail and by sharing some gummies and memories of Ole with friends.

A Celebration of Ole’s amazing life will take place at a later date and will be shared once details are confirmed.