Forces put to the test

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MT Hotham will host 80 de­fence force mem­bers when they take part in the long­est and largest gath­er­ing of biathlon par­tic­i­pants in Aus­tralia in Au­gust.

Ex­er­cise Cool­shot will see sol­diers, sailors and fly­ers leave their homes around Aus­tralia, and in some cases over­seas to un­der­take an in­ten­sive fort­night of train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion in Nordic Sport.

The train­ing will take place around Whiskey Flat at Mt Hotham, the only biathlon range in Aus­tralia.

The three ser­vices bat­tle it out to see who will be the 2015 hotshots, and this year the Navy team will be out in force to de­fend their 2014 ti­tle, and in fact try for the tri­fecta, hav­ing won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2013.

A num­ber of biathlon mem­bers will also at­tend Ex­er­cise Cool­shot to sup­port the ex­tremely suc­cess­ful ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially in the vi­tal tasks of coach­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing.

The Aus­tralian De­fence Force’s Nordic and Biathlon As­so­ci­a­tion (ADFNBA) has 240 mem­bers and is a vi­tal sup­porter of the sport of biathlon in Aus­tralia.

Since the sport of biathlon started in Aus­tralia in the 1970s, many De­fence Force mem­bers have rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in­ter­na­tion­ally at World Cup and IBU Cup events.

There are sev­eral re­cent Mas­ters Gold Medal­lists among its mem­ber­ship, and ADFNBA par­tic­i­pants regularly at­tend train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion over­seas, with Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships at Ruh­pold­ing, GER be­ing a key and very pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion.

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