New Alberta team, Nationals subsidy criteria and some small updates on the Hosting Policy!

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The Biathlon Alberta Board of Directors approved during yesterday’s meeting the criteria for the financial subsidy for the 2023 National Championships. The 2023 National Championships will be held in Valcartier, Quebec, and participating athletes from Alberta have the chance to qualify for this financial subsidy.

The Subsidy Criteria for the 2023 National Championships can be found HERE.

Biathlon Alberta is also very happy to introduce for the 2023-24 season a new provincial team. The Team Alberta Shooting Stars will be open to qualified athletes in the Senior Girls/Boys & Youth Girls/Boys categories.

The criteria on how to qualify for this new team can be found HERE.

Finally, the Board of Directors also approved an updated version of the 2022-23 Hosting Policy. We were made aware of some typos and other small mistakes after the initial release in October. These have been fixed. Annex I, which was previously a separate document has also be attached to the Hosting Policy document. The updated Hosting Policy can be found HERE.

Welcome to Calforex Cup #2!

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The Foothills Nordic Ski Club, Calgary Biathlon Racers, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, Rocky Mountain Racers and Biathlon Alberta invite you to the second Calforex Cup of the 2022-23 season in Canmore.

The invitation is now published on our event page. The zone4 registration is scheduled to open tonight, November 10, 2022, at 08:00pm

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Canmore again!

2022 Jupi Award application is now open!

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 A group of Richard Boruta’s athletes have come together to create an annual award valued at a minimum of $2,000 that will benefit two developing Biathlon Alberta athlete and pay tribute to the late coach’s memory ($1000 female / $1000 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 work-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, 2023
  • 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” and your name in the subject line
  • Deadline to submit your applications is Friday, November 18th, 2022.

BIATHLON ALBERTA ADDS NON-BINARY CATEGORY TO RACING EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2022-2023 RACE SEASON!

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Biathlon Alberta is adding a Non-Binary (NB) category to all races in the 2022-2023 Calforex Cup series beginning in November.

“We believe all people should have access to the experience of racing and enjoying our great sport, no matter their gender,” says Elmar Heger, General Manager of Biathlon Alberta. “It’s important to us to live the value of inclusion and that means standing by the belief our sport is for everyone.”

Biathlon Alberta joins a growing number of sport organizations adding a Non-Binary category to racing, ensuring people of all genders have the ability to participate. The Non-Binary Sport category is open to athletes 17 years and older.

“Adding a Non-Binary category is directly aligned with Biathlon Alberta’s long-term strategy and specifically with our core values, one of which is to promote an inclusive and safe sport environment for all,” says Clayton Paradis, President of Biathlon Alberta. “I’m extremely proud of our board and clubs for supporting this initiative and I’m excited to see all our athletes training and getting ready for competition again for the new season.”

The 2022-2023 season is just around the corner with events poised to begin on November 26 & 27, 2022 with the first Calforex Cup in Canmore followed by 10 more race days throughout Alberta.

The invitation for Calforex Cup #1 is now online

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The Foothills Nordic Ski Club, Calgary Biathlon Racers, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, Rocky Mountain Racers and Biathlon Alberta invite you to the first Calforex Cup of the 2022-23 season in Canmore.

The invitation is now online on our events page and the zone4 registration will open on October 27.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Canmore on November 26-27, 2022!

Calforex Cup #1 will also be a trials event for the 2023 Canada Winter Games. All Alberta athletes that are born between 2003-2007 are eligible to qualify for the 2023 Canada Winter Games and must race in the YOUTH category for this race weekend. You can find the nomination criteria HERE.

Athletes racing “down” from the Junior category (birth year 2003) will not receive Calforex Cup points for this race. Athletes racing “up” to Youth will receive Calforex Cup point in the Youth category.

Biathlon Alberta is looking for coaches!

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Biathlon Alberta is looking for NCCP certified coaches that are interested in working for Biathlon Alberta during the 2022-23 winter season to facilitate biathlon programs in cooperation with Spirit North. The programs will run during the week and during school hours.

Spirit North and Biathlon Alberta are looking to run biathlon specific programs in communities that Spirit North is already servicing with their winter program.

The programs will run as early as the end of November and up to the end of March.


The communities that are currently interested in the program are:

  • Enoch (Paul Band)
  • Caslan School
  • Wabasca
  • Kapawe’no
  • Sturgeon Lake
  • Tsuut’ina
  • Stoney Nakoda (Nakoda Elementary, Morley Community School and/or Canmore)
  • Fort Chipewyan

During the training eco-aims optical rifles will be used.

At this point we are looking for multiple coaches from all over Alberta that are interested in becoming a part of this program. The scheduling of these sessions is relatively flexible and can be discussed on a case-to-case base.

If you are interested in becoming a coach for this program, please fill out the google form HERE.

Should you have questions, please contact our General Manager, Elmar Heger, at elmar@biathlon.ca.

To learn more about Spirit North and their programs, please visit their website:

https://www.spiritnorthxc.ca/

The registration for the 2023 Canada Winter Games Camp in Canmore is now open!

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Biathlon Alberta is inviting all Alberta athletes born between 2003 and 2007 to Canmore for a Frozen Thunder on snow camp!

Biathlon Alberta is welcoming all eligible athletes to Canmore to a one snow weekend camp from November 10 to November 13, 2022 to prepare for the 2022-23 season and the upcoming 2023 Canada Winter Games in PEI.

Please click HERE for more information and to register for the camp!

The total number of participants is limited to 24!

The Alberta Biathlon Club Kinder Cup schedule is published!

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The Alberta Biathlon Club (ABC) Kinder Cup race series is a staple in the Bow Valley for our youngest athletes. These eco-aims races will be hosted by ABC on 4 days during the 2022-23 season.

December 12 in Calgary or Canmore (depending on the snow condition)

January 18 in Canmore

February 11 in Canmore

March 8 in Bragg Creek

Please visit the ABC website for more information.

Congratulations to all the Biathlon Alberta Awards recipience!

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Biathlon Alberta has announced the 2021-22 Biathlon Alberta Award recipience last Tuesday after the Annual General Meeting.

We congratulate all recipience and are wishing them all the best for the 2022-23 season!

The in-person award ceremony is planned during the Calforex Cup #1 weekend in Canmore on November 26-27, 2022. The 2021-22 shooting awards winner will be announced on that weekend too.

All recipience will receive more information closer to the date.