Nordic goes from strength to strength

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

THE part­ner­ship set up last year be­tween the cross coun­try arm of Ski & Snow­board Aus­tralia and the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Cen­tre, will be fur­ther strength­ened in this com­ing sea­son.

Na­tional team coaches will again join ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors to pro­vide an en­hanced range of cross coun­try ski­ing ser­vices for skiers of all abil­i­ties.

With a new sea­son fo­cus on healthy lifestyle, fam­ily snow-fun and win­ter fit­ness, the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Cen­tre has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Di­verse ter­rain, con­sis­tent snow and high qual­ity trail groom­ing makes Falls Creek a world-class ski­ing des­ti­na­tion for elite and be­gin­ners alike.

It has been the of­fi­cial home and Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre for the Aus­tralian Cross Coun­try Ski Team since 2004.

”Cross coun­try ski­ing is a great way to stay healthy and to spend time with friends and fam­ily,” said Matthew Charles-Jones, man­ager of YMCA at Falls Creek.

“The na­tional team coaches will add great depth to our ski school of­fer­ings and add a real vi­brancy to the cross coun­try trails.”

Coach­ing ser­vices avail­able through the Falls Creek Nordic Cen­tre in­clude ad­vanced pri­vate lessons, video anal­y­sis, weekly coach­ing pack­ages and Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet train­ing plans. Through­out the win­ter a se­ries of “Masters” tech­nique clin­ics will be held with dif­fer­ent themes, and coaches will also be shar­ing their ski wax­ing knowl­edge in a num­ber of evening clin­ics that will dou­ble up as na­tional team fundrais­ers.

“This part­ner­ship will en­able more coaches to work at Falls Creek all win­ter, im­prov­ing sup­port for our na­tional team ath­letes as well as of­fer­ing new ser­vices to the gen­eral pub­lic,” cross coun­try ski­ing high per­for­mance man­ager Finn Mars­land said.

Some mem­bers of the na­tional team will be based at YMCA How­mans Gap dur­ing the ski sea­son, work­ing at the cen­tre and train­ing at Falls Creek. They will be joined by the rest of the team for train­ing camps dur­ing the July and Septem­ber hol­i­days.

Details of the FCNC coach­ing ser­vices are avail­able on the YMCA web­site www.camps.ymca.org. au/dis­cover/how­mans-gap/windy­corner-cross-coun­try-ski-cen­tre.html while ac­tiv­i­ties of the na­tional team can be fol­lowed via www.ausxc. com and @ausxc on so­cial me­dia.

TOP OF THE WORLD: Falls Creek’s Phil Belling­ham is Aus­tralia’s high­est ranked male cross-coun­try skier af­ter a break-out year on the World Cup cir­cuit.

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