Gernot Kostera award winners

2017-17 Gernot Kostera award winners!

Firearms Safety Course-April 22-23 2017

The Alberta Biathlon Club (ABC) is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association (AHEIA) to offer the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) to all athletes and/or parents/guardians of athletes enrolled in a Biathlon program in Alberta.   All athletes 12 years of age or older are encouraged to acquire a Minor Firearms License or Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) to participate in the sport of Biathlon.

Who can attend:  Attendees must be 12 yrs of age on the first day of the class (April 22, 2017) Parents, guardians and family members  involved in Biathlon in Alberta are welcome to attend. 

Course Times:  TBD

Cost:  $50 (You must be a registered member of an Alberta biathlon club (FNSC, CBR, etc.) or join the Alberta Biathlon Club.) Register HERE

Location:  Calgary Conservation Education Centre for Excellence, A.H.E.I.A., 911 Sylvester Crescent, SW, Calgary, AB T2W 0R8

2017 ABC Biathlon Training Camp- Canmore

The Alberta Biathlon Club's annual Biathlon Training Camp, will take place in Canmore from August 7 to August 12.  The camp is open to male and female athletes,  ages 14 to 16 who are proficient at roller skiing and are presently competing at the Senior Boys/Girls level, moving into Senior Boys/Girls next season and Youth. The camp will build on the traditions of Alberta’s oldest biathlon camp to include training with some of Canada’s best coaches at a world class facility.  

Dates: 12:00 August 7 - 13:00 August 12, (Monday to Saturday)

Location: Canmore, Alberta.  Accommodations at the Alpine Club of Canada Clubhouse

In the Program:   Skills evaluation, rifle fitting, prone and standing work, precision shooting, dry firing ideas, roller skiing, running, workshops and mental training.

Recreational Activities: Swimming, Hiking, Climbing, campfires.

Ages:  Participants must be 14 as of August 1, 2017 and no older than 16 on August 1, 2017.  Biathletes who do not fit between these ages are encouraged to consider the Camrose Summer Biathlon Camp.  Info can be found at:  https://www.ualberta.ca/augustana/athletics/youth-programs/biathlon

Equipment: .22 cal rifle, ammo (800 rounds), running shoes, roller skis, boots and poles, CSA approved helmet, water bottle, medication as required, sunglasses and whatever else you need to enjoy yourself during 6 days and 5 nights of training.

Cost: $595 per participant plus Zone4 online registration fee. Fees can be paid by cheque, registration is not complete until a cheque is received. www.zone4.ca

Registration: Limited to 25 athletes.  Registration opens March 1, 2017 to Alberta based athletes only.  Registration opens March 14 to all eligible athletes.  Out of province or country are welcome to attend.  If the camp is sold out, priority will be given to Alberta based athletes on the waitlist.

Participants must be a member of their provincial biathlon association.  ABC membership and range passes, if needed, are included.

Registration:  www.zone4.ca

For More Information contact:  info@albertabiathlon.com

NOTE: The Biathlon Canada/Alberta memberships expire on March 31, 2017 and renewal may not be active on zone4 prior to registration.  Membership/Renewal is not required prior to registration but is mandatory before the start of the camp due to insurance.

Kindercup #1

Kindercup #1 results HERE!

 Thanks to the following volunteers whom, without their support, the first Kindercup of 2017 would have been considerably more chaotic. The kids had a lot of fun thanks to your efforts. It is much appreciated.

Jeff Lodge ABC Sport Development

Coach Margot Gillett

- Volunteers and Timing Garth Jenkins

- Course and Stadium Dave Dalman

- Targets and Air Rifles Alana Fraser, Jason Thompson. Camille Hemingson. Darryl Wiebe, Justin Siemens, Yves Matson, Matus Chlepko, Maria Krumpalova, Marc Boucher, Brian Ellis, Heike Pauli, Pat Cody, Charley Gasser, Paul Gass

Okotoks School Demo

 

Thank You to Steve Kotowich and the students and staff at Westmount School in Okotoks for hosting an ABC laser rifle demo on Wednesday, Feb 1.  Two hundred junior high students learned the basics of rifle handling and shooting while running in snowshoe biathlon races on the school grounds.  While it was a bit cold, the students were enthusiastic about this opportunity.  ABC is looking forward to returning to Okotoks in the future.

Youth World Championships Team Athlete: Adam Runnals

Name: Adam Runnalls

Age: 18

Hometown: Calgary

Club: Calgary Biathlon Racers

Coach: Airat Aitniakov

Years in Biathlon: 7 years

Is this your first YJWCH? No I went last year to Romania, this will be my second. My best result last year was our 5th place in the relay, a 17th in the individual, 21st in the sprint, and 19th in the pursuit.

ABC: What were your goals and expectations going into trials?

AR: My goals going into trial were to ski fast as the course there is great if you have fast ski speed. 

ABC: Can you give a quick recap of how the races at trials went?

AR: The races went well, shooting was kinda below where I wanted it to be but the ski speed was there and as you know it was enough to make the team!

Congratulations to Adam and good luck in Slovakia! 

Youth World Championships Team Athlete: Elise Sauve

Name: Élise Sauvé

Age: 16 years old

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Club: Foothills Nordic

Coach: Tyson Smith

Years in Biathlon: 3 years of air rifle, and this is my fifth year on 22s (8 years total)

Is this your first YJWCH? Yes

ABC-What were your goals and expectations going into trials?

ES- My goals going into the trials were really to just do my best and have fun - I wasn't planning on putting to much pressure on myself. My expectations weren't extremely high, but I still wanted to do well (I was thinking I would make it in the top 5-10 each day). In a way, I think being not as hard on myself but still keeping a competitive edge really helped in my races. I honestly did not expect to make the team, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise. 

ABC- Can you give a quick recap of how the races at trials went?

ES- As for how my races went, the first race (Saturday) was the best of the two, finishing 6/16 girls. My shooting went well (7/10) and although my skiing felt slow, I must have skied half decent (I am pretty sure everyone felt slow on that day). I felt good through out that race and after and was pleased with my results. Sunday, the second race, did not go as well, though I skied really hard and fast, which in the end helped me tremendously since I only hit 7/20 on the shooting. I finished in 9/19, which surprised me a lot because I knew I had shot terribly. 

Jr. World Championships Athlete: Megan Banks

Name: Megan Bankes

Age:19

Hometown: Calgary

Club: Foothills

Coach: Richard Boruta

Years in Biathlon: 7

This will be my 4th time going to WYJCH, first time as a Junior. 

Previous Results: Presque Isle:SP: 46th, PU: 43rd, IN: 42nd

Minsk: SP: 45th, PU: 27th, IN: 42nd

Cheile Gradistei: SP: 26th, PU: 18th, IN: 19th

ABC: What were your goals and expectations going into Trials?

MB: My goal going into trials was just to ski fast, focus on hitting targets, and enjoy racing while staying warm! My expectations were to qualify for WJCH.

ABC: Can you give us a quick recap of the trials races in Valcartier?

MB: I was happy with how my skiing went both days. In the sprint I didn't shoot as well as I'd hoped to (only 6/10), so I got that a little more together for the pursuit (16/20). Overall fun racing on a challenging course.

Good luck to Megan as she leads team Canada's charge for the podium! 

 

Youth World Championships Team Athlete: Thomas Hulsman

Name- Thomas Hulsman

Age- 17

Hometown- Airdire

Club- Foothills Nordic

Coach- Tyson smith

Year in Biathlon- this is my 6th year

ABC- Is this your first time at YJWCH?

TH-This is my first time going to YJWCH

ABC- What were your goals going into trials? 

TH-My goals were to qualify to go

ABC- Can you give a quick recap of how trials in Valcartier went? 

TH- Trials went well my first days race, I wish I skied faster but I shot well and the second day I shot well again and had a great day on skis!

Let's all cheer for Tommy as he competes for Canada!

Youth World Championships Team Athlete: Anna Sellers

Name: Anna Sellers

Age: 17

Hometown: Canmore

Club: Canmore Nordic

Coach: Rachel Koroscil

Years in Biathlon: 6

Is this your first YJWCH? Yes

 

ABC-What were your goals and expectations going into trials?

AS-My main goal with traveling to Quebec was to qualify for world youths and to have some strong, solid racing. I'm very happy to of met my goals!

 

ABC-Can you give a quick recap of how the races at trials went?

AS-Trials went really well, and I'm super happy I qualified for the team. Skiing could've been better but some solid shooting on the second day help confirm my spot on the team. Overall a good weekend of racing!!!

Congratulations, cheer for Anna this season! 

Alberta athletes qualify for YJWCH

 

Biathlon Canada's YJWCH selection trials in Valcartier Quebec were a strong showing for Biathlon Alberta! Congratulations to the selected athletes! All the best to the team as they represent Canada in Slovakia!

Youth Women

Anna Sellers                Canmore, AB               Canmore Nordic

Shilo Rousseau            Thessalon, ON             Highlands Trailblazers

Frederique Perusse      Levis, QC                     Biathlon Quebec/ La Poursuite

Elise Sauve                  Calgary, AB                  Foothills Nordic

 

Junior Women

Megan Bankes             Calgary, AB                  Biathlon Alberta Training Centre/Foothills Nordic

Nadia Moser               Whitehorse, YT             Biathlon Alberta Training Centre /Yukon Biathlon

Emily Dickson              Prince George, BC        Biathlon Alberta Training Centre /Caledonia Nordic

Charlotte Hamel          Sherbrooke, QC           Biathlon Quebec/Estrie

 

Youth Men     

Leo Grandbois             Sherbrooke, QC           Biathlon Quebec/Estrie

Adam Runnalls            Calgary, AB                  Calgary Biathlon Racers

Thomas Hulsman         Calgary, AB                  Foothills Nordic

Bobby Kreitz                Prince George, BC        Whistler Nordic Development Centre/Caledonia Nordic

 

Junior Men

Pearce Hanna              Edmonton, AB             Edmonton Nordic

Jules Burnotte             Sherbrooke, QC           Biathlon Quebec/Estrie

Zachari Bolduc             Ste. Sophie, QC            Biathlon Quebec/ La Poursuite

Trevor Kiers                 Timmins, ON               Biathlon Alberta Training Centre /Timmins Biathlon

 

Staff

Jacqueline Akerman    Head Coach

Richard Boruta            Assistant Coach

Tyson Smith                 ICE Assignment Coach

Airat Aitniakov             ICE Assignment Coach

Andrzej Lesnik             Head Ski Service

Andrew Chisholm        Assistant Ski Service

All Sport One City

 

Calling All Adults! Ages 18+

Have you ever thought it might be fun to try a sport or activity you’ve never tried before? Or maybe a sport you used to play, but haven’t in years? Do you want to be happier and healthier? What if you could try out an activity or visit fitness facilities with other people who feel the same way you do? Not experts – just regular people who want to try out a new sport, or rediscover an old one.

All Sport One City is an initiative of Sport Calgary to provide an opportunity for adults age 18 and older to come and discover sport and fitness activities at various facilities throughout the city. These activities will be taking place during the day or evenings of January 16 - 21, 2017.

Maybe try parkour, see how fun wheelchair basketball can be, see what all the fuss is about with yoga, or learn the basics of netball. At All Sport One City, you can try your hand at a marital art, learn how to fence, or give power cycle a shot. You can even take an introductory dance class! Who knows? Maybe you will have so much fun you will want to keep coming back!

Remember, all ages 18 and above are welcome!

Many sessions are adaptable for participants with physical disabilities, and Special Olympics Calgary is offering an all-ages session for participants with intellectual disabilities

Check it out! HERE

Athlete of the Week- Pearce Hanna

Pearce Hanna is a three time member of Canada's YJWCH team and is currently racing on the IBU Cup circuit.

ABC- Where are you right now?

PH- Obertilliach, Austria. I'm here for IBU cup 3, straight from Ridnaun, Italy.  

ABC- What are your goals for the season? 

PH- Medal at my final World Juniors in Russia and race in my first world cup.

ABC- What has been the best race of your career? Why? 

PH- WYJCH pursuit in Belarus only race at world Juniors where I put it all together and got to out sprint the Belarusian in front of thousands of fans finishing 13th with the 5th fastest time. 

ABC- What's your favorite thing about living in Alberta?

PH- I love the diverse landscape and available opportunities.

ABC- What has been your involvement with ABC?  

PH- I was awarded the Gernot Kostera and attended Camrose Camp every year I could. I honestly contribute allot of the success I've had to ABC's camps especially boot camp with Betsy in Camrose.

ABC- Why do you run a MAKEACHAMP? 

PH- To help me afford the Biathlon Canada Tour fees, so I can continue this sport!

Cheer for Pearce this season and help him on his journey by checking out his MAKEACHAMP HERE! 

 

Athlete of the Week- Emma Lunder

 

 

Emma Lunder is a member on the Canadian National team and Team Alberta. She has raced at the World Cup, IBU Cup, Jr. World Championships, Canadian Nationals right down to Calforex Cups.

She grew up doing biathlon in Vernon, BC. She moved to Canmore AB when she was 18 to join the Rocky Mountain Racers. 

ABC- Where are you right now? 

EL- Ridnaun, Italy. I'm here to race the first IBU cup tour.

ABC- What are your goals for the season? 

EL- Podium on the IBU Cup, finish top 30 on the World Cup and qualify for World Championships.

ABC- What has been the best race of your career? Why? 

EL- When I was 2nd place at the IBU cup in Canmore, 2015. I got to race on my home course in front of my friends and family and all my coaches that have supported me over the years! The sunshine and blue skies didn't hurt either! 

ABC- What's your favorite thing about living in Alberta?

EL- Cheap gas, the Rockies Mountains and getting to be a part of Canada's largest and fastest growing biathlon community.

ABC- What has been your involvement with ABC?  

EL- I have helped coach some of the ABC summer camps and mentor younger athletes at Canadian Nationals.  

ABC- Give us one funny story from your biathlon adventures? 

EL- Once on a training camp in Europe, I was out for a training run and saw some friendly looking cows. Julia and I tried to reach over the fence to pet them without realizing it was electric. I still don't know who was more surprised by my shriek when I touched it, Julia or the cow... 

Cheer for Emma this season and follow her blog HERE