About the Kimberley Biathlon Program
Biathlon is a combination of Nordic skiing and shooting. The Track Attack/Junior Racers Biathlon program is directed at skiers who have at least one year of skiing skill development or related skiing experience, and want to continue their skill development through the challenging sport of biathlon. As such, registered Biathletes will be enrolled in Track Attack or Junior Racers as well as Biathlon. Biathletes are expected to attend a required number of sessions per week of TA/JR to work on their Nordic skate ski development plus one biathlon range session per week, which focuses on developing marksmanship skills and putting it all together with ski skills in order to compete in biathlon recreationally or at a higher level down the line.
In our Biathlon Program, there is a high ratio of coaches to athletes. We can only include those kids whose parents are willing to volunteer as needed at this time because we have so few leader/coaches. A wide variety of games/drills and friendly competitions will be used to create a fun, dynamic team environment and instil a lifelong interest in sport.
The 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 that can be made at this stage, biathlon will help to develop the mental skills, focus, and discipline needed for success later on 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!
Location: Some sessions will start at Kimberley Nordic Lodge but most out at the Biathlon Range on the Kimberley Nordic Club Trails.
Dates: Program will start in December.
Time: Saturdays at 10:00am to noon (2 hours)
Registration & Cost
Cost for the program is 150.00
Register at: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=24664
Program refunds (pro-rated by thirds and less a 10% transaction fee) are provided on a case-by-case basis only if your space can be filled.
Tisha McGregor, Program Coordinator
Seasons passes must be shown to Kiosk attendants when entering the Nordic Centre. See details for membership & rates here >>>
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.