Biathlon camps bring out the best for ex­pe­ri­ence and youth

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MT Hotham hosted three suc­cess­ful Biathlon train­ing camps in­volv­ing 40 biath­letes in the month of July.

The firsts of the camps was the first-ever IBU-IOC De­vel­op­ment Camp to be held in the coun­try which ran from July 3-12.

The pur­pose of the camp was to con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of young ath­letes from the Ocea­nia Re­gion aged 15-23 as well as Ocea­nia Re­gion coaches.

The camp was over­seen by Swe­den’s Kari Kor­pela, an ex­pe­ri­enced World Cup level com­peti­tor, coach and mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Biathlon Union’s (IBU) pres­ti­gious tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee.

A to­tal of 11 ath­letes, seven from Aus­tralia, three from New Zealand and one from Swe­den took part in the in­ten­sive pro­gram which in­cluded up to two on-snow ski ses­sions per day, tech­ni­cal anal­y­sis, range prac­tice, en­durance train­ing and other out­door ses­sions as well as evening train­ing ses­sions.

The sec­ond camp which is still in progress is an in­ter­na­tional camp headed by Youth/Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships coach Luca Bor­molini of Italy, who has brought sev­eral Euro­pean ath­letes out with him.

Bor­molini and the Ital­ian and Swiss ath­letes are here for seven weeks and are part of the largest con­tin­gent of in­ter­na­tional biath­letes and coaches in the coun­try for many years.

The third camp was the an­nual PC Camp headed by Paul Con­nor, a fea­ture of the Aus­tralian sea­son for sev­eral years, ten mas­ters com­peti­tors took to the lo­cal trails and shoot­ing range for a num­ber of days.

The train­ing camps were held in the lead up to the Vic­to­rian Biathlon Cham­pi­onships which were held at Mt Hotham last week­end while next on the cal­en­dar is the Aus­tralian Biathlon Cham­pi­onships on Au­gust 15-16.

Both events work as se­lec­tion for Na­tional Team, De­vel­op­ment Team and 2016 Aus­tralian Youth Olympic Team.

A fourth camp for the win­ter is the Aus­tralian De­fence Nordic Camp at Mt Hotham in Au­gust, where 80 per­son­nel will strap on the skinny skis for two weeks of Nordic ac­tion.

FIRE AWAY: The young biath­letes hit the shoot­ing range at Mt Hotham’s Wat­tle Flat train­ing fa­cil­ity.

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