Kinder Cup#3 - Final race of season

The Alberta Biathlon Club in cooperation with Foothills Nordic Ski Club and the Canmore Nordic Ski Club present Kindercup #3. This is the final race of the 2018/19 season

Sunday March 17, 2019

Location: Canmore Nordic Centre

Times: 12:30 pm Zero; 1:30 pm Races Start

Sprint Race - 30 second starts

Entry Deadline: March 15, 2019 - 23:55

Ecoaim, Air Rifle and .22 categories

Parent Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

Register here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=20683



Canadian Firearm Safety Course April 2019

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 require the CFSC to obtain their Minor Firearms License or Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) in order to participate in the sport of Biathlon.

Who can attend: Any athlete who will is 12 yrs or older on the date of the course, Cadet, parent, grandparent, and/or guardian involved in supporting an athlete in Biathlon or planning to join a Biathlon Club (includes Cadets) by September 2019.

Cost: $75 plus must be a current member of ABC (membership is $5 per year).

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

When: Saturday April 13, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM & Sunday April 14, 2019, 9:30 AM to completion, instruction must be at least 8 hours by law, group size determines time required for testing on final day.

How to register: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=20672

Space is limited to 20 seats, so please register early.

FAQs on CFSC can be found here http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/safe_sur/cour-eng.htm#a1

Kinder Cup #2 - 2019

The Alberta Biathlon Club in cooperation with Foothills Nordic Ski Club and the Canmore Nordic Ski Club invite you to participate in Alberta Biathlon Club’s Kinder Cup #2. Parent Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Location: Canmore Nordic Centre

Times: 5:45 pm Zero; 6:45 pm Races Start

Sprint Race - 30 second starts

Entry Deadline: January 13, 2019 - 23:55

Registration is only $5 due to generous sponsorship from the TD Bank play fund.

Register here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=20070

2019 Gernot Kostera Awards

Award Amounts

$1,000.00 to one boy and one girl

Free biathlon summer camp registration to one boy and one girl

Key Dates for 2019 Kostera Awards

Dec 1, 2018 - Applications open

Feb 10, 2019 - Deadline for Applications

Mar 2, 2019 - Awards ceremony at Calforex Cup #5

Application Process

Applications or third party nominations will be in the form of a one page letter listing key biathlon milestones, sport and academic goals, other accomplishments and interest. Include
a statement on why the award would be important to you. Applicants must be residents of
Alberta and no older than fourteen on March 10, 2019. Nominations will be e-mailed with the subject line "ABC Kostera Award" to ABC Sport Development Manager at: info@albertabiathlon.com no later than midnight February 12, 2018.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE

October 13 & 14, 2018

ABC is pleased to announce that it will again be offering the Canadian Firearms Safety Course
The Alberta Biathlon Club (ABC) is pleased to announce that it will again be offering 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 require the CFSC to obtain their Minor Firearms License or if over 18 years of age a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) in order to participate in the sport of Biathlon.

Who can attend: Any athlete who is 12 yrs or older on the date of the course, parent, grandparent, and/or guardian involved in supporting an athlete in Biathlon or planning to join a Biathlon Club (includes Cadets) by September 2018. Cost: $75 plus must be a current member of ABC (membership is $5 per year). Where: Air Cadet School located at 607 - 7th Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 2H5. When: Saturday October 13, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM & Sunday October 14, 9:30 AM to completion, instruction must be at least 8 hours by law, group size determines time required for testing on final day. How to register: online at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18886 Space is limited to 26 seats, so please register early. If registration is full please send an email to info@albertabiathlon.com and asked to be put on the waitlist. See our website for further details www.albertabiathlon.com

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Please Complete Our Survey!

The Alberta Biathlon Club has a mandate to promote, develop and increase participation in the sport of Biathlon in Alberta. As such, we'd like to learn more about how current biathletes came to biathlon in order that we can focus our efforts to continue to grow the sport. We are sending this to Alberta clubs in the hopes that you can forward this to all of your biathletes. 

Please let us know what you think below. Thanks for participating!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTWL99K 

Best regards,

Justin Siemens

Secretary, Alberta Biathlon Club

EcoAims Rifle Project

They’ve arrived!
The Alberta Biathlon Club is pleased to announce that the EcoAims
Camera Rifles have arrived, thanks to the generosity of the Parks
Foundation Calgary. Without their assistance this initiative would
not have been possible. Contact us today to request a
demonstration or assistance with your Club programming.

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!