Forces put to the test
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.