News Bulletin – early July ’21

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June News Extra

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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News Bulletin late June


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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Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Tuesday 18th May

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. 

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. 

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Further Ski Instructor Employment Opportunities, Roller Ski Series update & Mt Beauty Running Festival entries open

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Mt. Stirling Nordic Ski Hire & Ski School – instructors needed

Good afternoon Ronice

My name is Craig Jones, director of Stirling Experience Pty Ltd, commercial operators of the Mt. Stirling Nordic Ski Hire and Ski School. 

I am searching for Nordic Ski School Instructors for the upcoming ski season.

Our Ski School would normally employ 5 qualified (APSI Level 2 equivalent) international Cross Country Instructors through our association with OÜ Suusakool, an Estonian Nordic Ski School operated by one of our former Staff Members and Estonian Nordic Ski Coach Vahur Teppan. Our association extends back for around 10 years and now with the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are unable to bring staff from Estonia to work for us this season and we are experiencing difficulty locating suitably qualified local Nordic Instructors.

The Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club has a reputation as one of the leading Clubs within our sport, operating training squads and organising cross country events and competitions including the Kangaroo Hoppet, our country’s premier cross country ski event and one in which my Estonian crew has really enjoyed competing during past seasons. My hope is that within the membership of your club and their contacts with the cross country skier community, you may be able to assist Stirling Experience to advertise our 2021 seasonal full-time job opportunities for nordic instructors within our ski school and assist us to build a competent and fun-filled instructor team for this season.

Stirling Experience employs our instructors at a pay rate of $225.00 per day, we supply a uniform and all ski equipment. Staff accommodation and daily mountain transport is available on our farm at the base of the mountain. Our core season commences with the second term school holidays and continues through to early September. Full-time staff can expect to work at least five days per week and a ski school familiarisation and training program will be conducted by Kati Tammjarv at the season commencement. 

Complete details are available on our web site at www.stirlingexperience.com.au/our-mountain/employment

Any assistance that the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club might be able to offer to locate suitable candidates would be much appreciated. 

Kind Regards
Craig Jones  


Ski instructors needed for Falls Creek Cross Country / Windy Corner

Falls Creek Cross Country is seeking instructors for the 2021 ski season.

Full and part-time positions are available. You would also be expected to help in our ski hire and retail departments as needed.

We have positions available for new and experienced instructors particularly instructors with experience in intermediate to advanced techniques in classic and skating. 

Falls Creek Cross Country is a YMCA facility consequently, all staff will need police checks and a working with children permit.

This would be a great opportunity for someone wanting to ski a lot, work on their skiing and teaching skills and join a great team of passionate xc skiers. 

For more details or to apply please contact: Andrew HallEmail <fallscreekxc@ymca.org.au> or mobile: 0403213634.


Snow Australia Rollerski SERIES

With just ten days to go before the 2021 Australian Rollerski Championships, more than 30 participants have already registered, with around double that number expected to take part on the day.

The event will be held at Stromlo Park, in Canberra over the April 10-11 weekend, with Sprint events on Saturday and Junior Mass Start, FIS/Open/Masters distance events on Sunday. Registrations are still open at https://www.snow.org.au/events/92489/ and will close on Wednesday 7 April. 

Regarding the other races in the 2021 Snow Australia Rollerski Series, new dates in May are being considered for the postponed  Jindabyne Rollerski Challenge, originally scheduled in March.

The North-East Rollerski Challenge in Wodonga on April 24 is confirmed and registration is open at https://www.snow.org.au/events/94105/. The Yarra Bend Rollerski International in Melbourne on May 29/30 is also confirmed, with registration available at https://www.snow.org.au/events/97001/.

Please visit the <www.AUSXC.com> website for more details on the SERIES and to view the 2021 National Race Calendar

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>


FIS World Cup Winners 2020/21


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Birkie Junior Team – Alpine Resort Reform – Ski Instructor Employment Opportunity – Roller Ski Races

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2021 Birkie Junior Ski Team

Birkie Juniors getting the best instruction from club Olympian Casey Wright

For Grade 4 to Year 12 students, from intermediate to advanced cross country skiers.

The purpose of the 2021 Birkie Junior Ski Team is to assist junior skiers in learning more about cross country ski training and racing.  We are hoping that some team members will be able to compete in 2021 junior XC ski race competitions, such as Interschools and State and National-level races.

The Birkie Junior Ski Team is an innovation of the BNSC.  This year’s team coordinators are club members Paul Gray (2 x Winter Olympian), Tim Retchford (past National Team member) and Kate Duggan (active local skier).  Paul and Tim have extensive experience as elite athletes and coaches, and Kate is the team super-organiser and motivator.  Additional coaches may also assist, depending upon team size, including club members Esther Bottomly (3 x Winter Olympian) and Nick Blackwell (current National Team member).

The sessions will mostly target skill development on rollerskis.  Please note: No prior roller ski experience is necessary.  The BNSC will provide rollerskis for use during the training sessions.  Activities will include agility courses, specific technique development, time trials, relays and ball games on roller skis.  We may also do non-roller skiing activities including running (with poles) and circuit training.

WHEN: Training commences Monday 19th April 2021 — 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm. Sessions will take place once a week during Term 2 on Monday afternoons.

WHERE: Meet at 4pm at Mount Beauty Secondary College outside the ski room.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Protective pads (knee, elbow, wrist)
  • Ski boots (if they are compatible with Salomon bindings)
  • Helmet 
  • Ski poles
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle

COST: FREE for BNSC team members.

There is no cost to be a member of the team however all athletes must be current financial members of the BNSC.  Junior membership is $25/year.  Follow the link for membership portal.  

ALL ENQUIRIES: Tim Retchford 0401 321 665, Paul Gray 0403 188 481, Kate Duggan 0420 515 712. 


Alpine Resort Reform

Dear Falls Creek stakeholder,

I write to advise that the Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board has been notified by the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, of the Victorian Government’s intention to merge the four existing Alpine Resort Management Boards (ARMBs), Falls Creek ARMB, Mount Hotham ARMB, Mount Buller and Mount Stirling ARMB and the Southern ARMB, into a new statutory body corporate to be known as Alpine Resorts Victoria. This follows a call for change from industry and sector stakeholders.

Yours sincerely

Jo Shannon
Board Chair

Press Release


Snow Australia Rollerski SERIES

Please visit the <www.AUSXC.com> website for more details on the SERIES and to view the 2021 National Race Calendar

Ski instructors needed for Falls Creek Cross Country / Windy Corner

Falls Creek Cross Country is seeking instructors for the 2021 ski season.

Full and part-time positions are available. You would also be expected to help in our ski hire and retail departments as needed.

We have positions available for new and experienced instructors particularly instructors with experience in intermediate to advanced techniques in classic and skating. 

Falls Creek Cross Country is a YMCA facility consequently, all staff will need police checks and a working with children permit.

This would be a great opportunity for someone wanting to ski a lot, work on their skiing and teaching skills and join a great team of passionate xc skiers. 

For more details or to apply please contact: Andrew HallEmail <fallscreekxc@ymca.org.au> or mobile: 0403213634.


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Falls Creek Resort Entry — Early Bird

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2021 Resort Entry Early Bird Sale

A Resort Entry Season Permit allows unlimited access for your vehicle to Falls Creek Resort, all season.

We’re keeping the Early Bird price at $375, and if you purchase your Permit before 5pm on 29 March you can opt to pay a $99 deposit with the balance payable on 15 April.

If you miss the 29 March deadline, never fear, the Early Bird price is available until 5pm on 15 April. The deposit option will not be available after 29 March.

$375 Vehicle Permit – $99* upfront

$325 Vehicle Permit for Over 65’s – $99* upfront 

The Alpine Resort Coordinating Council have confirmed there will not be an All Resorts Season Pass available in 2021. We understand this may be disappointing news to some of our pass (permit) holders and we apologise for this product not being available in 2021.


Macpac Invitation — Tuesday 16th March – Preston Vic

You’re invited to an exclusive night with Macpac to celebrate volunteering

To acknowledge the amazing contribution of volunteers across the Parks Victoria estate, we invite you to register your interest in an exclusive night of specialist talks and in-store discounts.

Venue: Macpac Adventure Hub, Bell Street, Preston.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sX5hmJoJ35r8XoHX6

Date: Tuesday 16th March
Time: 6:45 pm (for 7:00pm start) – 8:45 pm

Join us and hear from Parks Victoria and Macpac representa8ves, including our park rangers as we learn more about parks and protected areas, the partnership between Macpac and its Junior Ranger program. We will also hear some first- hand experiences from volunteers.

There will then be an opportunity to browse and purchase from the store with an exclusive in-store volunteer discount on a large selection of Macpac and other branded merchandise. There is up to a 60% discount off the RRP of Macpac branded gear and apparel!

This exclusive offer is only available for 120 people so get in quick as spaces are limited.

To REGISTER click [HERE]


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Bellingham & Paul at World Championships

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2021 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf Germany

From left: Katarina Paul, Tuva Bygrave, Phil Bellingham, Seve de Campo & Mark Pollock

Australia will have five representatives at the World Championships from 23 February to 7 March 2021. Club members Phil Bellingham and Katarina Paul as well as Mark Pollock (Wang SC) and Seve de Campo. The team has a new addition with emerging 19-year old Tuva Bygrave (University of Alaska Anchorage), who is making her debut representing Australia at a major international competition. Paul will target the classic sprint, while Bygrave will race both sprint and distance events.

For a Team Update & Program Calendar click [HERE].

For more event-specific information and results visit the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships website Click [HERE] or follow the Australian Cross-Country Team on social media, @ausxc.

Both Phil and Katarina should be congratulated for having the dedication to continue to travel, train and race in these tough COVID-19 times. The club wishes both of you all the best.


Snow Australia Medal Recipients

Paul Gray showing fine technique – 1998 Olympic Winter Games Nagano Japan

Snow Australia has announced two more cross-country recipients of the Snow Australia Medal from the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville France. They are club member and two-time Olympian Paul Gray (1992 & 1998) and three-time Olympian Anthony Evans (1992, 1994 & 1998) of the Wangaratta & Cooma Ski Clubs.

Click [HERE] to read all about them on the club’s website Ski History page.


1st Snow Australia FIS Rollerski International held Feb 13th-14th

These were held at Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra. The finish of the men’s Sprint. Our own Nick Blackwell closest to the camera (2nd place). Nick was also 2nd in the 10 km distance event. Club member Ella Jackson finished 3rd in the women’s sprint and 5th in the distance event. Click [HERE] for a full report including results of sprint and distance events.

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XC News — Summer

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End of Season BBQ

The Club had good numbers (50) at its end of season BBQ held on the 28th November 2020 at the picnic area by the Lake. Thanks to Michelle Forrer and Elaine Thomas for organising.

The Gray clan were there in numbers
The Forrers and Derricks
Sanders and Leccardi families

Bushwalking Australia needs a CEO

Dear bushwalkers

Bushwalking Australia is seeking a volunteer part time executive officer.  If you are interested in finding out more about this position it is now live on Seek Volunteer. : https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/159900/Executive-Officer

Kind regards

Colin Macdonald
Board President

Telephone:  0417 373 064
Email: colin@bushwalkingvictoria.org.au
Web:   www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au


Snow Australia FIS Rollerski International – Feb 13th-14th

Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra. Click [HERE] for all details and Registration.

Action at last years Roller Ski Championships Canberra ACT

2021 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf Germany

Australia will have four representatives at the World Championships from 23 February to 7 March 2021. Club members Phil Bellingham and Katarina Paul as well as Mark Pollock (Wang SC) and Steve de Campo. National coach Valero Leccardi cannot be there due to COVID-19 restrictions but he has in place a wax technician, a coach, and a manager for the team. Click [HERE] for all details of the Championships.

Mark Pollock has written an article about the team’s program so far and what pre-Championship events are coming up. Click [HERE] to read.


2020 Hoppet – Do It your Way – Participation Summary


2021 Worldloppet Virtual Racing League

The Worldloppet Virtual Racing League – short, Virtual Racing – is our answer to these weird times! As the world federation for popular skiing, we have to face the fact, that COVID19 is changing our beloved sport and passion, at least for this upcoming season. We have to consider cancellations, travel restrictions, limitations etc. To face these possible problems, the race organizers came up with a new race format: The virtual races.

The Worldloppet Virtual Racing League is combining all the virtual race formats of Worldloppet Member Races to one league. We created a system similar to the well known Worldloppet Passport & Master system: Every athlete who completes 7 virtual races from 7 different countries achieves the title “Virtual Racer“. All available disciplines and distances are valid. This is not replacing the Worldloppet Master title and also not valid for the Worldloppet Passports, but it is an addition, to keep the popular skiing community together in times like these. It is also a once-in-a-lifetime-chance, to get a title, available only now.

Click [HERE] to find out all about it.

Click [HERE] to Register & Join the Virtual Racing League.

This from Worldloppet — During summer and autumn, we experienced the first virtual races. The Kangaroo Hoppet – Do It Your Way was a best practice example. Also, Ushuaialoppet, Merino Muster, and Fossavatnsgangan organized such a virtual event. And many more will follow.


Snow Australia Medal Recipients — past Para Olympians

Snow Australia has announced three more cross country recipients of the Snow Australia Medal from the 1980 and 1984 Para Winter Olympic Games. They are Peter Rickards and Kyrra Grunnsund (Geilo Norway 1980) and Rodney Mill (Innsbruck Austria 1984).

Click [HERE] to read all about them on the club’s website Ski History page.


To read all about this initiative click [HERE].

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