Best of the best heading to Hotham for biathlon
TWO of the world’s best biathlon coaches will head to Mt Hotham this winter for a number of training camps with national and international biathletes.
Sweden’s Kari Korpela, an experienced World Cup level competitor, coach and member of the International Biathlon Union’s (IBU) prestigious technical committee will be at Hotham along with 2015 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships coach Luca Bormolini of Italy.
Korpela will be in charge of the first-ever IBU-IOC Oceania Region Camp from July 3-12, which Australian Biathlon (AB) was awarded the right to hold following the 2014 visit to Mt Hotham by Ubaldo Prucker the former vice-president of development for IBU.
The purpose of the camp is to develop athletes from the Oceania Region aged 15-23 as well as Oceania Region coaches which AB sees as a vital part of the long term development of the sport in Australia.
In total there will be four coaches along with 11 athletes, seven from Australia, three from New Zealand and one from Sweden.
Bormolini will be here for seven weeks and will lead the largest contingent of international biathletes and coaches in the country for many years.
He will guide athletes from Canada, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland who are keen to participate in the Australian winter during the European offseason ahead of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer next year.
The Australian athletes will also continue their relationship with Bormolini, a number of local biathletes have trained with him in Livigno over the past few years and will now get the opportunity to do so here.
Along with the camps, Hotham will host the Victorian Biathlon Championships on July 25-26, and the Australian Biathlon Championships on August 15.
EXPERT: Swedish biathlon coach Kari Korpela will train talented Australian and New Zealand biathletes at Mt Hotham this month.