Guidelines for Return to Sport

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More and more clubs start their training again and teams meet while maintaining physical distancing. Biathlon Canada has released an information page on their website which includes a framework for a return to play procedures.

You can find all information HERE.

Clubs and coaches that are registered for the 2020-21 season received this information already last week by email from us and it has been shared on our Facebook page.

The Alberta Biathlon Club cancelled their summer camp and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.

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The Alberta Biathlon Club (ABC) had to cancel two events.

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) was supposed to happen tomorrow, May 23, and their annual summer camp which was supposed to be in Red Deer during the summer this year.

Everyone that signed up for either of the events has already been notified by email.

The ABC has the goal to reschedule the CFSC in the fall. Anyone that needs to take the CFSC before is asked to contact one of the instructors personally. A list of instructors can be found HERE.

Shooting range information from the Alberta Government

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The Alberta Cheif Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has issued an order (CMOH Order 17-2020) that effective May 6, 2020, people are able to use outdoor shooting ranges. You can read the full order HERE.

The use of a range comes with rules and restrictions to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus among athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff.

If your club will use a range in the next weeks/months please ensure that everyone involved in the range usage will be following these guidelines that are published on the website of the Alberta Government. You can find the guidelines HERE.

Tentative 2020-21 schedule for Calforex Cup is set

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The last weeks have not been easy on many of us and nobody can really know how the situation will be in November, December of 2020 or into next year.

We hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be so far under control that we will be able to have race season.

All hosting clubs have confirmed the 2020-21 dates for the Calforex Cup and we are happy to release this race schedule.

All dates are tentative and will be postponed or cancelled if required by the provincial or federal health organisations (or the weather)!

EventDateLocation
Calforex Cup #1November 28-29, 2020Canmore
Calforex Cup #2December 5-6, 2020Canmore
Calforex Cup #3January 16-17, 2021Camrose
Calforex Cup #4February 6-7, 2021Grande Prairie
Calforex Cup #5February 20-21, 2021Edmonton
Calforex Cup #6March 6-7, 2021Hinton

Insurance coverage for online activities.

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Most Alberta clubs and programs are looking for options to host training sessions for their athletes while respecting the rules and recommendations around physical distancing.

Hosting online programs are a way how many coaches will interact with their athletes in the upcoming weeks. Only Alberta clubs that are registered with Biathlon Alberta/Biathlon Canada for the 2020-21 season are insured under the Biathlon Canada insurance policy.

All clubs/programs, coaches and athletes are required to follow the Biathlon Canada approved online instructions activities and protocols in order to be insured through the Biathlon Canada/Biathlon Alberta insurance.

For more information on which activities are covered please click HERE.

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