Birkie News Bulletin – 6th September 2021

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Snow Australia Medal Recipient

Mark Gray giving it his all — 1994 Winter Olympic Games Lillehammer Norway

Snow Australia has announced one more cross-country recipient of the Snow Australia Medal from the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer Norway. It is Birkie club member Mark Gray.

Click [HERE] to read all about Mark and his journey becoming a Winter Olympian on the club’s website Ski History page (scroll down to section 7).


From the Race Secretary — Ann Bellingham

Rocky Valey Rush & Sun Valley Ramble

Although the event was cancelled this year, I would like to acknowledge the following:

  • Thanks to the small team of local Birkies on the race committee who are prepared to get a race up and going for those still able to attend. Unfortunately it was not to be and Victorian Covid lockdown was implemented from 1pm on Saturday afternoon, the day before.
  • Thanks also to the 33 entrants we had up until Friday night for your support!!
  • Thanks to Meg Crebbin who came up with a fantastic poster this year.
  • Thanks to Geoff Sorenson for the planning to get the course prepared for the day.
  • Also thanks to Michal Trnka of Alpine Timing for all his work on the entry side of things, generating certificates and also for getting information to participants and also for fielding lots of enquires and the occasional criticism.
  • Also many thanks to Snow, Trek and Travel who were once again prepared to sponsor the event, even though last year and this year have not been great for snow related businesses.

Maybe we can finally get something going in 2022!! 

Ann Bellingham
Race Secretary


Snow Australia eNews & XC News — subscribe

Open up the Snow Australia website <www.snow.org.au> and scroll to the bottom of the home page. Fill in your name and email address and click subscribe.

On the next screen check • Cross Country Community Update AND • eNews and click subscribe.

Click [HERE] to read the latest issue of Cross Country Community News edited by Finn Marsland Snow Australia’s Cross Country Skiing Program Director. It’s a quality publication.

Note — If you go to the News menu on the Snow Australia website you can also access these publications.


Birkie Bits by Nordic Ned

  • Virtual Kangaroo Hoppet – Entries to date 1,173. Go to <www.hoppet.com.au> for more information.
  • BuffsHow to Wear a Buff. Click [HERE] to view 14 ways.
  • Early Skating TechniquesClick [HERE] to view the short video (1:23).
  • Facebook page. Search for Falls Creek XC (public group with 1.3K members).
  • Facebook page. Search for Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club (private group with 205 members).

Looking Back – Hoppet #1 (1991)

  • Who was responsible. Click [HERE] to read a short summary from the Hoppet Gazette (the Hoppet News Bulletin at the time).
  • President’s welcome message i.e. Bob Flower. Click [HERE].
1990 Nordic Bowl Race Hut before the hut was raised 1 metre. That is a lot of snow!

West Peak Mt Bogong with Mt Beauty & Kiewa Valley below. Real or Photoshopped? It’s still a great photo.

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Birkebeiner Classic XC Ski Race postponed

Hello all cross-country skiers,

The Birkebeiner Classic, scheduled for the 4th July, is postponed as there is not enough snow to set the tracks and run the race. It is too uncertain to wait until Friday’s predicted snowfalls to make a decision, so we are planning to hold the Birkebeiner Classic on Sunday 11th July instead. So get those skinny skis ready and waxed and head to the Nordic Bowl for a 10:30 am start.

Registration is online-only — <https://alpinetiming.com.au/rg221>. Entry can be done right up to start time.

On arrival at the Nordic Bowl check-in via the QR code on the race hut, collect bibs in the Nordic Bowl and be self-sufficient with your food and drinks. Be Covid safe, maintain social distancing and wear a mask if needed.

Hope to see you all there.

Ann Bellingham
Race Secretary


Welcome New Members

Colleen AdamsBright
David ChlebnaBright
Eleanor ChlebnaBright
Amelia FeatherstonFAIRFIELD
Felix GrimmerPort Fairy
Lescinska GrimmerPort Fairy
Liesel GrimmerPort Fairy
Nick GrimmerPort Fairy
Leanne HowardBrighton
Leanne HullTawonga South
Mackenzie HullTawonga South
Peter HullTawonga South
Arthur HyslopTawonga South
Bruce HyslopTawonga South
Margy JansenFalls Creek
Paul KovacsPorepunkah
Jennifer MacdonaldMount Beauty
Nicholas Mason-SmithMount Beauty
Ava MoegelFalls Creek
Laif MoegelFalls Creek
Max MoegelFalls Creek
Jack MordesBrighton
John MordesBrighton
Athena MortonPort Fairy, VIC
Eden MortonPort Fairy, VIC
Leon MortonPort Fairy, VIC
Mari-Liis TammelaTawonga South
Grace WalkleyFalls Creek

Falls Creek Cross Country at Windy Corner — Drop in for all your XC skiing needs including refreshments.

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Birkie Junior Development Camp — Sat 10th & Sun 11th July 2021

FOR: Grade 4 to Year 12 students, from beginners to advanced WHEN: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11h July 2021

WHERE: Meet 8.30am Saturday morning at Bogong Outdoor School, Bogong Village (15kms from Falls Creek) or 9am at Birke hut, Falls Creek. Accommodation Saturday night is at Bogong Outdoor School, Bogong Village.
Camp will finish at 3.30pm on Sunday at Bogong Outdoor School, Bogong Village.

MEALS: All meals (except Saturday lunch) will be provided. Families will be requested to bring a plate to share for afternoon or morning tea. Please notify of any food allergies.

SKI HIRE: Cross Country skis can be hired from Mount Beauty Secondary College on Friday 25th June (start of school holidays), or YMCA Windy Corner Sat/Sunday mornings. Participants will require classic skis Saturday and skating skis Sunday. Please advise if ski hire is required.

TRANSPORT: Transport will be via car and carpool.
COST: $50/child for members. Non-members will need to sign up for a $25 student membership. Click [HERE] to sign up as a member.

ENQUIRIES: Bronwyn Gray — Mob: 0402 105 237 or Email <bron.gray.ibag@gmail.com>  REFUND: full refund if camp affected by covid restrictions or if you’re sick.

COVID INFO: Please do not attend the camp if you are unwell. Your child will need to be collected from the camp if they become unwell.

REGISTRATIONClick [HERE] to register for the camp. Applications close Sunday 4th July.


Membership – Now Due!

The 2021/22 Membership fee is now due. Please click [HEREto renew.


Birkie Bits by Nordic Ned

  • Important Dates
    Casserole Dinner – Postponed
  • Mid-Season Dinner at Roi’s — Postponed
    Note — More details of these events will be published when decided on
  • Clubhouse & COVID-19 Protocols — The clubhouse is accessible. COVID-19 protocols are in place including the Service Vic QR Code. A new door lock has been added and there is a new code that has been communicated to members in a previous email. Please read all documentation at the Clubhouse re restrictions on numbers etc.
  • Kangaroo Hoppet Aid Stations — For 2021 plastic cups will not be provided. Skiers will need to carry their own water bottles and can get a refill at the stations.
  • Hoppet Entries open 1st July 2021 <www.hoppet.com.au>.
  • Birkebeiner Classic XC Race — Sunday 4th July – start 10:30 am. Volunteers needed. Please contact race secretary Ann Bellingham if you can assist. Mob: 0427 006 246, Email <bellingham.ann@gmail.com>.

2021/22 Birkie Committee

Executive membersPresident: Ewen Silvester, Vice President: Michelle Forrer, Secretary: Ronice Goebel, Treasurer: Jeanette McLaren

Ordinary Members — Ann Bellingham, Allan Marsland, Nick Wright, Peter Smith, Paul Gray, Stephanie Germancheya, Michal Trnka, Kate Prest, Elaine Thomas

Volunteer PositionsPeter Smith: Clubhouse Manager, Nick Wright: Membership Secretary, Paul L’Huillier: Website Administrator & News Bulletin, Ronice Goebel: Ski de Femme Co-Ordinator, Warren Sanders: Bush Search & Rescue (BSAR) Victorian Delegate, Ian Franzke: Skidoo Mechanic, Nick Wright: Skidoo Steward


Athlete Grants

Thanks to the hard work of our secretary Ronice Goebel the club was successful with their application via Victorian Sport & Recreation for an Athlete Grants. Congratulations to the following skiers Casey Wright, Nic Blackwell, Tommi Silvester and Hannah Price who have been given funds to assist their cross country skiing in 2021.


Registration is ONLINE <https://alpinetiming.com.au/rg221>


National Race Calendar

Click [HERE] to view or download the 2021 Race Calendar.


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AGM Reminder – Tue 18th May & other early-season News

The BNSC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 18th May 2021 at the Mount Beauty Auditorium at the Information Centre.

Members will be able to attend the meeting online using the Zoom Video Conferencing application or attend in person.  A quorum for the AGM requires at least 25 members to be present either in person/Zoom or by proxy.


To attend via Zoom, email the secretary <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au>by 5:00 pm Monday 17th May indicating your intention to join the meeting. You will then be emailed the invitation. 

CHANGES TO BNSC CONSTITUTION – A number of Special Resolutions will be tabled at the AGM to make changes to the BNSC Constitution.  Click [HERE] to read the proposed changes and the background behind them. Click [HERE] to read the DRAFT BNSC Constitution – May 2021.

MEETING REPORTS — Reports on the past year’s activities come from the following: President, Treasurer, race committee, junior committee, membership secretary, clubhouse steward, social secretary and search & rescue coordinator. 
Race Committee — Ann Bellingham
Membership — Nick Wright
Junior — Michelle Forrer & Ronice Goebel
Kangaroo Hoppet — Allan Marsland
Social — Elaine Thomas

NOMINATIONS — If you are interested in an executive position or ordinary committee role please complete a Nomination FormClick [HERE]. The Form is in Word format so it can be downloaded, filled in and emailed to <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au> by 5:00 pm Monday 17th May. Alternatively, a form can be downloaded, printed off, filled in and mailed to Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club, PO Box 192, Mount Beauty 3699. The club also has a number of sub-committees i.e. race, junior, clubhouse and search & rescue. If you would like to assist with one of these please indicate your interest on the form.

VIEW AGENDA – Click [HERE]

VIEW THE 2020 AGM MINUTES — Click [HERE]

Proxy voting: A member may appoint another member as his or her proxy to vote and speak on his or her behalf at the AGM. This must be in writing and signed by the member who is appointing the proxy. Click [HERE] to download a Form in Word Format. Email it to the secretary by 5:00 pm Monday 17th May. The form can also be handed to the secretary prior to the start of the AGM.

The club relies on volunteers so please have a think about how
you can contribute the club in 2021/22. 


Mount Beauty Running Festival — Sat 15th May 2021

Celebrate our 40th anniversary

This is one of Australia’s most scenic foot races with an emphasis on fun for all the family. 

For the first time the Mount Beauty Running Festival has included a 14 km trail run through some of the iconic trails in the area.  The Half Marathon event, 10 km and 3km events have remained unchanged. 

Separate starts will take place at 10:00 am (21km), 10:05 a.m. (14km – Trail Run), 10:10am (10km) and 10:15am (3km).

Where: MBSC oval, Pool Road Mt Beauty Vic 3699 Australia.

  • 3km course is a flat track around Mt Beauty Pondage, with no road crossings – ideal for children and prams.
  • 10km course is a scenic out and back route along the undulating Damms Road at the base of Mt. Bogong.
  • 21km Half Marathon course follows the 10km route but continues further up Mountain Creek Road towards Mt. Bogong.
  • 14km Trail Run heads off-road and into the national park. It involves a scenic up and down course on single tracks and has a river crossing (so you will get your feet wet!). Read more about the Trail Run

Autumn is the perfect time for running in the North East, and we invite you to enjoy it with us!

The event is organised by Kangaroo Hoppet Inc.

To Enter visit <https://alpinetiming.com.au/rg207>


Birkie Junior Report

On the local front, a group of local juniors (The Birkie Junior Ski Team!) has been meeting each Monday after school for some roller skiing skills and agility sessions. This group has been organised by Paul Gray, Tim Retchford and Kate Duggan along with some assistance from other parents.

The latest session saw 21 keen juniors turn up. A big thank you to Mount Beauty Secondary College for their assistance with boots and poles and to Paul, Tim and Kate for creating this great pre-season opportunity for these juniors. Also, to Esther Bottomly and Nic Blackwell who will be doing some coaching with this group. Our club has agreed to buy extra roller skis and equipment that is needed with money raised with BBQ fundraising at Vic Juniors and donated funds allocated for our junior program. Contact Paul Gray — mobile: 0403 188 481 if you would like to get your children involved.


Birkie Bits by Nordic Ned

  • Important Dates
    Clubhouse Working BeeSaturday 5th June
    Casserole Dinner – Outdoor School-BogongSat 12th June. NOTEThe Clubhouse is officially opened to members today.
    • Mid-Season Dinner at Roi’s Thursday 15th July
    Note — More details of these events will be published closer to the dates.
  • The Birkie Award — a new club award (see the Shield below). This will be awarded for outstanding service and commitment to club programs & events. Nominations are called for the 2021 recipient. If you wish to nominate a worthy club member please write a short citation and email it to the secretary <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au> by Sunday 23rd May for consideration by the committee at their May meeting.
  • 25th Aniversary celebrations of the opening of the Clubhouse — A function at the clubhouse is planned for late spring 2021.
  • Race Hut work — Brian Keeble (Race Hut Manager) has been working on some improvements and the cleaning up of the gear storage and race office areas over the last few months ready for a full winter’s race program. Thanks, Brian.
  • Clubhouse workPeter Smith (Clubhouse Manager) has replaced the lock and has kept the door code the same. Brian Keeble has done some work on the door facing the Nordic Bowl and it can now be opened in an emergency. A ladder will be needed to exit the top floor. A new display cabinet will be installed soon. A working bee is being planned for Saturday 5th June. Details later. Clubhouse opens to members on Saturday 12th June.

Membership breakdown 2019/20

Thanks to our membership secretary Nick Wright who provided the above breakdown.

Australian Institute of Sport Testing

Pictured is our own winter olympian Casey Wright going all out on the AIS treadmill that has been built and adapted so it more closely resembles the classic stride in XC skiing.

Click this link to view two minutes of actual testing and an explanation of the testing protocols. <https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=208919133995826>. Remember to turn the sound on (bottom right on the video that appears).


The club’s new Birkie Award will be awarded each year for outstanding service and commitment to club programs & events. You can nominate somebody for this award by Sunday 23rd May. Send the citation to the secretary.
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