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.

The Alberta Biathlon Club is looking for volunteers!

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ABC has been chosen for a Casino on Thursday, July 22 & Friday, July 23, 2021, at Pure Casino Calgary.  This is their primary source of funding for all the programs that we operate.  They cannot deliver their programs without this funding.  Please help them by volunteering for one shift at the Casino.  You can sign up here:  https://volunteersignup.org/WWJFF

When:   Thursday, July 22 & Friday, July 23, 2021

Where:  Pure Casino Calgary, 1420 Meridian Rd NE, Calgary, AB  T2A 2N9 

Note that Volunteers from outside of Calgary are entitled to a free hotel room for the night.  

Please contact us at info@albertabiathlon.com if you have any questions

The Biathlon Alberta Training Centre invites athletes to train with them.

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The Biathlon Alberta Training Centre (BATC) invites all athletes born in 2004 and earlier to train with them. If you think that the BATC could be the path you want to go after finishing high school then you shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity.

Join our Head Coach, Matthias Ahrens, and his BATC team from August 16 – 20, 2021 in Canmore for this free camp and train alongside the BATC athletes to get a better idea of the BATC is right for you. You will experience the day to day training routine and the culture within the team.

If you are interested and want to know more details, please click on the “download” button.

Please click HERE to find the application form.

Biathlon Alberta invites to a virtual NCCP Community Coaching: Biathlon Program Leader Workshop a.k.a. Gold Coach course!

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Biathlon Alberta invites all coaches that want to take their NCCP Community Coaching Leader Workshop (a.k.a. Gold coaching course) to a virtual coaching course on June 25 – 26, 2021!

Schedule 

Friday, June 25, 2021, 5-9pm (4 hours, includes 1 x 15 minute break)   

Modules 1 setting the scene and 3 safe sport

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 9am – 3pm (6 hours, includes 30 min lunch and 2 x 15 minute breaks)     

Modules 2 tasks of the program leader, 4 Biathlon Bears Program, 5 wrap-ups and looking ahead*

There will be approximately 1.5 hours of reading to do in the week prior to this course starting. To maximize learning please complete the following online courses through your Locker eLearning before this course starts MED making ethical decisions & EAP emergency action plan

If you have questions about the workshop content, prerequisites or complimentary required courses (MED, EAP) you can contact the Learning Facilitator, Robyn Williams directly at robyn2007@gmail.com 403-681-8097

Prerequisites

To attend Biathlon Program Leader Workshop (aka Gold Coach)

Membership paid-up

Attended Biathlon Trainer Workshop (aka Silver Coach)

Completed 20 hours of trainer mentorship and had LF submit the form to Biathlon Canada.

EAP online through The Locker eLearning14 years +

To complete Biathlon Program Leader Workshop 16 years +MED online through The Locker eLearning (done before or after the course)Fire Arms Safety course membership paid-up Evaluation by a Community Sport Evaluator

You can register for the course at zone4 between June 10, 2021 and June 23rd.

The course fees will be $75.00

Alberta Clubs can prepare for their training!

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Hello Nordiq Alberta and Biathlon Alberta Members,

As many of you know, the Alberta Government released its Open for Summer plan on May 26th, 2021. This timeline is dependent on hospitalizations continuing to lower and vaccination rates continuing to increase. Due to the progress of Alberta’s vaccination program, starting June 1st, 2021 our province will enter the first stage of this three-stage plan. This means that clubs in all regions of the province will be allowed to resume in-person training with a maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants as long as these activities occur outdoors. Two weeks after Alberta reaches less than 500 hospitalizations (and the trend continues to decrease) and a first dose vaccination rate of 60%, we will enter stage two. In stage two, both youth and adult indoor and outdoor sports are permitted to resume with no restrictions. The third and final stage is set to occur 2 weeks after 70% of all eligible individuals (ages 12 and over) have received their first dose of the COVID19 vaccine. At this stage, all public health restrictions will be lifted and sport will return to operating as it had before the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. Isolation requirements for confirmed COVID19 cases and additional protective measures for continuing care homes will remain in place.
As always, additional information may be shared as official health orders are released to the public. Any changes affecting our sport will be communicated as soon as possible. Both Nordiq Alberta and Biathlon Alberta want to thank you all for what has undoubtedly been a difficult 15 months for all. The end is in sight and we could not have done it without your cooperation and support.

Biathlon Alberta is looking for 2023 Canada Winter Games coaches!

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Biathlon Alberta is looking for 1 female and 1 male coach that will lead the biathletes of Team Alberta to the 2023 Canada Winter Games in PEI. The goal is to have the two coaches lead the programs that are starting this fall until the Games in February of 2023.

To find out more about the position, needed qualifications, expectations and timelines, please click on the download button.

If you have questions about the position, please reach out to Biathlon Alberta’s General Manager, Elmar Heger, at elmar@biathlon.ca

The application deadline is June 7, 2021!

2021 Coach Development Weekend

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Learn more about the speaker and the topics that will be discussed

The 2021 Biathlon Alberta Coach Development Weekend will bring on May 29 – 30, 2021, some of the best coaches and experts to you. Learn and discuss with a group of the most experienced coaches and educators in Canada.

The theme for this year is Planning for Success and includes a focus on topics specific to developing quality athlete programming between the ages of 12 to 17. The weekend will include a panel from the top coaches in the country and 7 presentations from experts in areas such as YTP Development, Coaching Effectiveness, Safe Sport, RED-S, Resilience, Growth, and Developing Athletic Abilities

To register for the 2021 Coach Development Weekend please click HERE.

Cost: $100 for the full weekend. No costs for coaches that are a 2021-22 member of Biathlon Alberta.
Timing: To be confirmed. Saturday: 8:00am to 2:30pm, Sunday: 8:00am to 1:30pm
Location: All Virtual. Registrants will be sent a zoom link before the event.

New COVID-19 restrictions will come into effect!

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Dear Nordiq Alberta and Biathlon Alberta Member Clubs,

On May 4th, the Government of Alberta put additional health measures in place for high case regions in an attempt to slow the transmission of COVID19. Included in these new measures is the end of all outdoor sport and recreation activities unless they are taking place as a family or, in the case of living alone, your two close contacts. This will be effective as of 11:59pm on May 9th, and will continue for a minimum of three weeks. We understand that this news can place challenges on clubs that are in the early stages of their spring training, but ask that we all do our part to help get this virus under control and keep our communities safe. During the time of the restrictions, clubs are not to travel to low-risk zones in order to continue training and instead we ask you to modify programming to allow for athletes to train on their own until these measures are lifted.

For a full list of affected regions, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid19-restrictions-high-case-regions.pdf

Nordiq Alberta and Biathlon Alberta would like to thank you all for your perseverance, adaptability, and willingness to work with us throughout these difficult months.

Wax talk with Andrew Chisholm

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Join us on May 19, 2021, at 7pm when we talk with Biathlon Canada’s Andrew Chisholm about the changes that we will need to make with ski waxing since the fluoro waxes are banned.

Andrew is a part of the Biathlon Canada World Cup wax team and you can learn from his experience and get a better understanding of how good ski selection, stone grinding, hand structure, and careful wax application will become more important in the future!

Please register HERE for the event on May 19, 2021.