Mt Buller News

Aiming for Olympics

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Sixteen-year-old Boris Stanish already has his sights set on a profession­al career in cross country skiing, shooting and way into the future coaching in ski related sports.

But, for now he is concentrat­ing on refining his skills and being selected to compete at the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Boris is currently excelling in his chosen sport field of biathlons which compiles competitio­n in cross country skiing and shooting.

The biathlons comprise of up to four components per competitio­n skiing, shooting, skiing again and then shooting to finish.

A modest Boris explained the shooting component is a 50 metre target shoot and you have to get five out of five shots or lose penalty points.

“You have to practice a lot to be good and get all five targets,” he said.

Boris is already competing at world championsh­ip level having not long returned from Europe after competing in the World Youth Championsh­ips in Austria.

“It was super nice, a super good day for my races and I came 44th overall, which was pretty good,” Boris said.

“I am getting to where I want to be. “I want to be competing at the World Cup, the Olympics in 2026 - I will have the qualificat­ions.”

While travelling the world to compete at the biathlon events, Boris is still finishing his schooling, this year being taught in a home school program while on Mt Buller during winter, but normally would be attending Albert Park College, Melbourne.

While overseas he still has to do his studies which makes for a heavy workload when combined with training and competing.

For three months over our summer (2020/21), Boris was in Italy training hard but continued studying all the while.

“The camps in Italy are super cool, we stay together a lot and go day in day out; train in the morning, train in the afternoon,” he said.

“This year we had only five in the training camp; me, one from New Zealand, one from Bolivia and two from Austria.

“We have the most elite coaches who train us and see us as future world champions.”

At present (the time of Buller News going to press) Boris will be attending a training camp at Mt Hotham but also trains and competes at Falls Creek and at times Perisher.

Boris sets his own training program when home during the off season and ‘for fun’ he runs - the likes of uphill to the top of Buller, Corn Hill Trail (19km) and around the mountains -’just venture out for a bit of fun’.

“I usually do these runs on my own but others come with me from time to time,” he said.

“I do running for training mostly but I do compete in cross country races where I do a running race because it is fun.

“I am very fit as I put in the work. “I like to run uphill for fun and training fitness, even when snow is light I will ski uphill.”

 ??  ?? THREE DISCIPLINE­S: 16-year-old Boris Stanish loves to compete and does so around the world in biathlons (xcountry skiing and shooting) and sometimes in running events - just for the fun of it.
THREE DISCIPLINE­S: 16-year-old Boris Stanish loves to compete and does so around the world in biathlons (xcountry skiing and shooting) and sometimes in running events - just for the fun of it.

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