Biathlon camps bring out the best for experience and youth
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.