THANK YOU to our volunteers!!!

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The National Volunteer Appreciation Week is from April 19-25, 2020.

During these challenging times, it is even more important to thank all our volunteers that are helping all over Alberta in their clubs and of course during all our races that are held in Alberta. Without all these volunteers our clubs could not run their programs and our events would not happen!

YOU are the backbone of our sport and we thank you for that!

We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy and that we will be able to see you all again soon!

Pascale Paradis review’s her Youth Olympic experience

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My Youth Olympic Games Experience

One of my absolute favourite things about YOG was how many spectators were cheering. I think there were close to 2000 people. It felt very different from Worlds which I attended in Otepaa, Estonia two years earlier. It made me very nervous at first but then I got used the energy that was there and I think it helped me in the end.

I want to share with you the story of my second race which was the relay with Ethan Algra from Sovereign Lake BC. It was my second race and I was excited about it. I wanted to do better than my individual race the day before (31st finish out of 97 racers). The drive to redeem myself was a big motivation – particularly the order of my shooting haha (which I had mixed the day before whoops). It was a mass start and I started first. There were 30 teams. I was in the 5th row and the pace picked up very quickly as we immediately went up the first (very steep) hill. I was not nervous once we got started – in part because it was a relay and I felt that there was less pressure. There was a lot of climbing – but I was keeping pace with the first five girls. When I came into the range my nerves went up again as everyone comes into the range at the same time for the prone shooting. I shot 5! I was surprised and it gave me that boost to ski even faster on my second lap. At this point, I was still with the top girls and was able to stay with them. When I came into my last standing shooting I managed to hit 4 (and then used one spare). My legs were so cooked and thank god I was able to tag it over to Ethan. We were in 6th position. The crowds were still going crazy. Ethan did amazing and was able to finish our team in 11th position. I thought it was a pretty good day!

I loved my experience at this event – it was unique and I know a once in a lifetime experience. I feel lucky that I got to go and appreciated the support from Biathlon Canada, the International Olympic Committee and my team (they were the best).  I can’t wait to go back to a world event (post-COVID of course).

Stay healthy!

Thanks,

Pascale

A message from Biathlon Alberta’s President, Clayton Paradis.

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The Board of Directors and our President, Clayton Paradis, hope that you are all healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty and unknown. Please take a moment to read Clayton’s message to all Biathlon Alberta members and friends.

As we support you in this extraordinary time, we think it is important to tell you as athletes to focus on your own general health and safety first. The long-term health effects due to C-19 aren’t very well understood at this time, however, we are aware of some research which indicates there may be some risk of lasting detrimental effects on lung function and capacity. That’s not good news for athletes! Please make smart choices as you stay active.Take social distancing, self-isolation, and handwashing seriously. If you NEED to get together with friends for workouts then travel separately, maintain 2 metres distance at all times, train with only one or two other athletes, and choose locations with few other people.You may also be aware that National Parks are now closed indefinitely. You may travel through, but no stopping or parking anywhere. We can only assume the Provincial Parks will follow suit.Thank you all and stay safe.Regards,Clayton

Apply today for the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre (BATC)!

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The Biathlon Alberta Training Centre (BATC) developed since its start in 2011 many successful athletes and now it is your chance to become a part of Canada’s most successful training centre.

We are accepting new application for our program starting May 1, 2020!

For the first time will we offer two different streams.

The first stream is the already known full-time training program in Canmore where athletes train under ideal conditions with our Head Coach Matthias Ahrens.

The second, and new, stream is the post-secondary stream. These athletes will train parts of the year full-time in Canmore while splitting their training time between Calgary and Canmore between September and March. For more information please read our 2020-21 BATC Program Overview information.

You can find all the information and the application form HERE

Please note that tomorrow, March 19, 2020, at 4 pm (MT) our Head Coach, Matthias Ahrens, will host a presentation with a Q & A after on our Facebook page. If you are interested in the program but still have some questions this would be a great chance to get your answers!

Biathlon Canada offers professional development online courses

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The ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are causing many of us to be more creative on how to transport certain information.

Biathlon Canada is offering now 6 online professional development courses. The first course will be on April 22 and the last course on June 24.

For more information about each’s course content please click HERE.

Range Safety Officer (RSO) at the Canmore Nordic Centre scheduled

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The Canmore Nordic Centre (CNC) has scheduled three dates in May for a CNC specific RSO course.

The dates are May 9/30/31, 2020.

-Participation in this course is open to coaches, officials, parents and athletes who utilize the CNCPP Biathlon Range on a regular basis.
– Participants must be a current member of Biathlon Alberta (Biathlon Canada) and be a member of the club they are RSOing for. These memberships ensure the liability is covered and both are required for CNCPP.
– Participants must be 18 years of age, have successfully completed a Canadian Firearms Safety Course and possess a current unrestricted Firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). Participants MUST have their PAL in hand and it cannot be expired.
– This is a Biathlon specific course and will not cover any other type of firearm.
– A maximum number of 12 individuals may participate in the session and a minimum of 6 individuals is needed for the session to run
– Participants must commit to the full day in order to receive CNCPP RSO certification.
– If the course if full when you try to register, you will be placed on a waitlist for the next available course

For more information please check HERE