Aus­tralia’s only on snow biathlon cen­tre will host the best in the coun­try this month Alpine elite shoot­ing for the na­tional team

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MOUNT Hotham will be biathlon cen­tral dur­ing July with plans for elite train­ing camps and rac­ing.

From July 2, Aus­tralian Biathlon will run the big­gest na­tional camp in a decade at Whiskey Flat, home of the only biathlon range in Aus­tralia, with par­tic­i­pants from three dif­fer­ent states.

Aus­tralian Biathlon’s Emma Flana­gan said the first group is for high per­for­mance or ex­pert mas­ters ath­letes and will be un­der the guid­ance of in­ter­na­tional coach Luca Bor­molini,

“These ath­letes in­clude Aus­tralia’s high­est ranked male ath­lete Da­mon Mor­ton, 19, and his younger sis­ter Dar­cie, 16, who was Aus­tralia’s woman biath­lete at the Win­ter Youth Olympic Games in Nor­way last Fe­bru­ary,” she said.

“This sec­ond group is led by di­rec­tor of sport/coach Cameron Mor­ton (fa­ther of Da­mon and Dar­cie), who is also a 2006 Win­ter Olympian.

“This ‘Fu­ture Stars’ stream has par­tic­i­pants newer to biathlon and aged from six to 16.

“Those un­der-12 will be train­ing with spe­cial laser train­ing sys­tems, which al­low par­tic­i­pants too young to use firearms to learn the prin­ci­ples of marks­man­ship.

“There is a se­ries of fun laser events on the weekend of July 2 and 3, with train­ing in the morn­ing fol­lowed by fun races from 1pm.”

Flana­gan said July 9 is the date for the in­au­gu­ral NSW Branch Cham­pi­onship Sprint Races, and the day af­ter the East Gipp­s­land Open Cham­pi­onship Races.

“These are fun races, for both laser and reg­u­lar .22 cal­i­bre com­peti­tors,” she said.

“On Fri­day, July 22 there will be the NSW Branch Su­per Sprint Races, a warm up event for the Vic­to­rian Biathlon Cham­pi­onships, which are se­lec­tion events for those aim­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia over­seas.

“The weekend will have an in­ter­na­tional flavour with an in­di­vid­ual (or “dis­tance”) event on the Satur­day and a sprint on the Sun­day in­clud­ing over­seas vis­i­tors from Italy and the US.”

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