A renewed focus on lifestyle, fun and fitness in the snow
A NEW partnership between Ski and Snowboard Australia and the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre has enhanced the range of cross country skiing services for skiers of all abilities.
Although Falls Creek has been the official home and National Training Centre for the Australian Cross Country Ski Team since 2004 National Team coaches have joined the experienced from the Nordic Centre offering a focus on healthy lifestyle, family snowfun and winter fitness.
Along with the new partnerships there are also a number of new coaches leading the national team this winter.
Head coach at the National Training Centre this year is former Estonian ski sprinter Kein Einaste while Einaste is being assisted by up and coming coach Robert Jones.
Also on the coaching panel for the winter is JC Legras, who is the strength and conditioning coach has for the National Team.
Einaste who represented Estonia from 2007-13 and competed in the Olympics in 2010 - was ranked in the top 40 in the world for sprinting and was a regular in the top thirty on the World Cup sprint scene – decided to take up the head coaching role after being recommended by a fellow Norwegian coach.
“This is my first time in Australia, I thought it would be a good challenge so that was the biggest reason to come here,” he said.
“So far it has been really nice, the athletes are motivated, we have really good training facilities and the skiing trails are good so it’s a good opportunity.”
So far the focus for coaches and athletes has been fitness but that will change to technique in the coming weeks while overall Einaste hopes to raise the quality of training and promote the sport even more in the country.
Another aim of Einaste is to build on team cohesion and unity.
“I want to build a really strong team spirit that gets the most out of everyone,” he said.
“I hope everyone
in the team can give something back to the team and that every training session everybody can profit from training with each other.”
Working with National Team and Olympic skiers as well as young local talent Einaste has been impressed with what he has seen so far.
“There are some really good young juniors coming up and I hope that they really push the senior guys,” he said.
“There is a lot with huge potential we just have to show the world what they are capable of.
“Phil (Bellingham) has been here all winter training and hopefully he can go one step forward and we can get him really close to the top level in the World Cups.”
WORKING HARD: (from left) Nick Montgomery, Jackson Bursill, Casey Wright and Damon Morton get some instructions from coach Kein Einaste.
RAISING THE BAR: Former Estonian national sprinter Kein Einaste is the new Australian Cross Country Ski Team head coach.