3rd annual “Jupi Award” application 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 $2,500 that will benefit a developing Biathlon Alberta athlete and pay tribute to the late coach’s memory ($1,250 female / $1,250 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 who he came into contact with. 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, 2021
  • 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 Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Get to know the 2020-21 Biathlon Alberta Training Centre athletes

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Biathlon Alberta’s Head Coach, Matthias Ahrens, started in May into his second season as our Provincial Head Coach and the Head Coach of the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre (BATC). The start of the season was far from normal but the team was able to adjust their schedule to the always-changing COVID-19 restrictions and are now 2.5 months into their training for the 2020-21 season.

That’s why we thought it is time to introduce the 2020-21 BATC team to all of our members and followers.

You can find the full roster and athletes bio’s on the BATC page on our website which you will find HERE!

Visit the BATC page and get to know the athletes and their coach a bit more and see who the athletes are that currently some of the biggest talents that biathlon in Canada has!

Recurting Nordic Skiing volunteers for trail maintance

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The Friends of Kananaskis Country, Canmore Trial Alliance and the Canmore Nordic Centre are inviting everyone on July 18, August 1, 15, 29 to take part at the ski trail bushing at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Please see the invitation by Nancy Ouimet, Executive Director, Executive Director of the Friends of Kananaskis Country, below.

Hello Nordic Ski Enthusiasts!

On behalf of the Friends of Kananaskis Country, Canmore Trail Alliance, and the Canmore Nordic Centre we would like to invite you to take part in the Canmore Nordic Centre – Ski Trail Bushing project.

We have developed an off-season winter ski trail maintenance plan to improve the centre’s ski trails. We will be brushing back ~2 metres of vegetation from the edge of the ski trails to maximize the trail width in winter months when the trail-side trees and shrubs get loaded with snow and encroach into the skiable area.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The level of effort for this project is easy to moderate. We’ll be walking several kilometres, pruning and clipping of vegetation, and removing cuttings from the ski trails

PROJECT DATES 

Saturday, July 18, Aug 1-15-29

SIGN UP

To sign up, you will need to create a volunteer profile HERE. Specific details about each trail care date, what to bring, meeting location, etc. will be communicated in a reminder email to all volunteers who have signed up.

We hope to see lots of Nordic skiers out!

Cheers, Nancy

Biathlon Alberta is seeking nomionations for the 2020 AGM awards!

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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-round 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 nomination to Elmar Heger (elmar@biathlon.ca) before Friday, August 14, 2020, at 12 pm

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

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.