Best of the best head­ing to Hotham for biathlon

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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.

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