Club has Three Winter Olympians for Sth Korea

Congratulations to the following three club members who have been selected for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea starting today 9th February 2018. The Games conclude on 25th February. The first XC event is on Saturday 10th February – the ladies’ 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon.

  • Phillip Bellingham — Mount Beauty – Victoria (also competed at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia in 2014)
  • Aimee Watson — Barooga – NSW (also competed at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia in 2014)
  • Casey Wright — Launching Place – Victoria

Others in the team are Barbara Jezersek (NSW), Jessica Yeaton (WA) and Callum Watson (NSW).

Opening Ceremony — Channel 7 starting at 8:30 pm tonight .

Download the ‘AUS Team‘ App to your smartphone or tablet (iPad). This is  the Official App of the Australian Olympic Team. It has all the athlete profiles, schedules, results, news, videos etc. With the Channel 7 App ‘OlympicsOn7‘ App you will be able to view view eight different feeds. Hopefully plenty of XC. They possible will have a ‘catch up’ function if you miss events.

Phillip Bellingham

Aimee Watson

Casey Wright

Also congratulations to new Mount Beauty resident Valerio Leccardi (National XC Coach) who is the head coach of the team with Finn Marsland (National XC Program Director) also part of the coaching/management team.

The club is very proud of all its past Olympians:

  • Chris Heberle (1988 Calgary, Canada)
  • Paul Gray (1992 Albertville, France & 1998 Nagano, Japan)
  • Mark Gray (1994 Lillehammer, Norway)
  • Paul Murray (2006 Torino, Italy & 2010 Vancouver, Canada)
  • Esther Bottomley (2006 Torino, Italy, 2010 Vancouver, Canada &  2014 Sochi Russia)
  • Phillip Bellingham (2014 Sochi, Russia)

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Working Bees – Falls Creek Trails (March & May)

Summer Working Bee — W/End 3rd & 4th March 2018
Autumn Working Bee — W/End 12th & 13th May 2018

Times – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (1 hr for lunch BBQ Lunch provided by the club)

Some of the tasks we have been discussing;

  1. Horse Yards Hut (Hoppet Storage Hut);
  • Improved shelving/storage options.
  • Improved winter access.
  • Access door on the Eastern Wall (clear of snow shedding)
  1. Re-Locate AGL pine poles on the Aqueduct to the other side of the water way to improve snow grooming machinery access.
  2. Vegetation management on trails as allowed. I will be able to note down the resort trails we can work on this summer in due course.
  3. A final Rock pick/tidy up on the Dam Wall South bench.
  4. Re-location of Pine Poles at the start of Ropers Trail.
  5. Re-location of Pine Poles on Heathy Spur above the Paralyser to the RHS (looking up) of 4WD trails.
  6. Spring (Autumn) clean of the club house.

There will be a short induction to cover Health &Safety and ground rules. Please bring your favourite tools to complete above tasks that interest you and appropriate personal protective equipment.

Geoff Sorenson from Resort Management should be able to attend all dates and will be able to provide machinery support if required (Backhoe/Isuzu Truck etc.) We’ll also have a professional carpenter club member on site equipped with their own tools. Parks Victoria will also donate the use of a variety of gear.

The above list of tasks is preliminary only, please feel free to add to it.

I am currently liaising with YMCA on a discounted rate for accommodation at Howmans Gap for those who would like to take up the offer, more details to come.

Please feel free to come up and help for a few hours or all four days. It’s always fun, social and very productive with many past projects creating the wonderful resource that we all enjoy each winter.

RSVP  to Blair Hume – Email: blairhume@yahoo.com.au or mobile: 0427 817 262 by Wednesday 28th February 2018 and let him know how you think you can best help out.

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Phil Bellingham qualifies for Dresden World Cup Sprint

Perseverance, hard work and dedication has finally paid off for Phil Bellingham who last weekend qualified for the Dresden – West Germany World Cup Sprint after many years of trying. Phil, congratulations, a top effort.

For those members not familiar with XC Sprint Racing the skiers race an interval start time-trial over the course distance of ~1.5km. The top 30 skiers then move onto the heats which there are five of with six skiers in each. Phil achieved a 27th placing in the time trial. His first top 30 placing in a World Cup. The top two place getters in each heat then move onto the semifinals which there are two of. Then the final is conducted with six skiers.

Phil drew a tough heat that included world champion Federico Pellegrino (Italy) and finished sixth.

Phil Bellingham acknowledging the crowd at the start of his heat.

Phil’s qualifying position in the time-trial

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National Teams Program Update

To read the latest National Teams News — Click [HERE] 

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A Reminder – Annual End of Season BBQ: Sat 18th Nov 2017

    • When: Saturday 18th November.
    • Where: In the picnic area by the lake in Mount Beauty.
    • Time: From 5:30 p.m.

What to bring

We will provide the meat (and vegie burgers for those who prefer them), as well as bread and sauce.

You’ll need to bring your own chair, cutlery, plates, drinks, plus, for families, a salad and a sweet to share (singles and couples – please bring a salad OR a sweet to share).

RSVP to Kerry Lucas (social secretary) by Thursday 16th November:
Email: <km.lucas@bigpond.com> or Mobile: 0407 814 114

As a courtesy to Kerry, please let her know you will be coming and if you need vegetarian food (or else BYO meat!!) If you don’t reply, we will assume you are not coming so we don’t over-order. It also makes it easier to contact you if the weather necessitates a change of venue.

If you decide to come at the last minute, please bring your own meat!

 

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Falls Creek Early Bird Season Pass 2018


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Annual End of Season BBQ – Sat 18th Nov 2017

    • When: Saturday 18th November.
    • Where: In the picnic area by the lake in Mount Beauty.
    • Time: From 5:30 p.m.

What to bring

We will provide the meat (and vegie burgers for those who prefer them), as well as bread and sauce.

You’ll need to bring your own chair, cutlery, plates, drinks, plus, for families, a salad and a sweet to share (singles and couples – please bring a salad OR a sweet to share).

RSVP to Kerry Lucas (social secretary) by Thursday 16th November:
Email: <km.lucas@bigpond.com> or Mobile: 0407 814 114

As a courtesy to Kerry, please let her know you will be coming and if you need vegetarian food (or else BYO meat!!) If you don’t reply, we will assume you are not coming so we don’t over-order. It also makes it easier to contact you if the weather necessitates a change of venue.

If you decide to come at the last minute, please bring your own meat!

 

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Mt Beauty PS Trivia Night – Friday 27th October

Birkebeiner is wanting an extra six people to make up a table at the Mt Beauty Primary Schools Retro 80’s Trivia Night. This is a major fundraiser for the school.

  • When: Friday 27th October 2017
  • Where: Mt Beauty Senior Citizens Clubroom, Tawonga Cres. Mt Beauty
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $30.00/ticket
  • Dress code: Retro 80’s
  • Food & Drink: Nibbles Provided – Cash Bar Open

Contact — Ronice Goebel: Mob: 0409 332 642 if you want to join the BNSC table.

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Bellingham narrowing in on 2nd Olympics

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2017/18 National XC Teams named

Congratulations to those Birkie members selected to the National Team for 2017/18.

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