About the Kimberley Biathlon Program
Biathlon is a combination of Nordic skiing and shooting. Participants in the KNC Biathlon program include youth and masters skiers. Youth biathletes are also encouraged to be involved with the Track Attack and Nordic Racers programs for their ski training. Sessions at the biathlon range focus on developing marksmanship skills and putting it all together with ski skills in order to compete in biathlon recreationally or at a higher level.
In the KNC Biathlon program, there is a high coach-to-athlete ratio for safety and fun, with three certified coaches. A wide variety of games, drills, and friendly competitions are used to create a dynamic team environment and instill a lifelong interest in sport. Track Attack/Biathlon athletes are in the “Learning to Train” stage of growth and maturation. In addition to important gains in aerobic fitness, ski specific sport skills, and social developments, biathlon helps to develop the mental skills, focus and discipline needed for success in life. Skiers entering biathlon must go through a range and firearm safety session with the biathlon coaches (held at the beginning of September) before they are able to participate in shooting practices and compete in biathlon events.
Fundraising and Volunteering
The success of this program hinges on volunteer coaches and parent help in a variety of ways. For every athlete registered in the program, there is a need for volunteer help from at least one parent. Parents are encouraged to find a volunteer role that best suits their schedule, interest and abilities. The club requires both new and experienced coaches at various levels, so if you are interested in coaching and don’t want to coach your own child, that’s not a problem. We’ll help you find a suitable coaching role. The club provides coach training, and you provide your time and knowledge to develop future athletes. If you would prefer a volunteer task that does not involve coaching, awesome! We have endless opportunities!
Some sessions will start at Kimberley Nordic Lodge but most out at the Biathlon Range on the Kimberley Nordic Club Trails.
Biathlon runs on Saturdays from January 7 to mid-March, depending on snow conditions. Adult sessions run from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, while Biathlon Bears and youth sessions run from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
Registration is now live for the 2022/23 season. Register now at https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=29669
Cost for the program is $175
Biathlon participants need a Biathlon Canada Recreational Athlete membership ($10.00) and a Biathlon BC Recreational Athlete membership ($20.00) available at: 2022/2023 Biathlon Canada
Biathlon Bears (9-12) registration includes rifle rental and ammunition fees. Youth and Adult registrants will need to pay an additional fee for rifle rentals and ammunition. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Registration will still be available after the program has started. Please contact email@example.com if you are registering after January 7.
Katherine Madsen - Program Coordinator
Seasons passes must be shown to Kiosk attendants when entering the Nordic Centre.
Kids should be on their skis and ready to go at scheduled times. In order to do this, kids need to arrive 15 minutes before start time.
Parents are also encouraged to ski with their kids on their own time at KNC or other trails around Kimberley.
Fundraising is a requirement of the program.
Parents are expected to be involved with some maintenance of skis and help in others ways associated with the program.
All coaches are volunteers. All monies generated from registration, rentals and fundraising is used directly for this program.