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