Mid June Update

Casserole Dinner

The annual pre-season get-together was held at ‘Arby’s Place’ Tawonga on Saturday night. There was a good turn-out of members (45). The food was supplied by the members and the eating area organised by Michelle Forrer (social secretary & vice president) and Johanna Pihkanen. Following the meal, Ash Forrer and Tommi Silvester gave a talk, accompanied by slides on their recent 675 km four-week walk along the Australian Alps Walking Track. An impressive achievement for these two 15-year-olds.

From Left: Ewan Silvester, Johanna Pihkanen, Tommi Silvester, Ash Forrer, Michelle Forrer & Conrad Forrer

Ian Ryan Club Award — This award is in its 20th year. It was named in honour of club member Ian Ryan who tragically died at the end of the 1999 Kangaroo Hoppet. Click [HERE] to read the history of the award. This year the award was presented to Blair Hume, past vice president, committee-man, racer, volunteer and working bee co-ordinator. Ian Ryan’s wife Julie again presented the award. NoteIt is the families wish that this year would be the last time the award would be presented. The club wishes to thank Julie, Sean and Leah for supporting this award for the 20 years. The club will continue with a new club award … watch this space.

From Left: Ann Bellingham (2018 winner), Julie Ryan, Ewan Silvester (president) & 2019 winner Blair Hume

Order of  Australia (OAM)

Click [HERE] to read their citations.

SSA XC confirms key Cross Country staff appointments

Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) is pleased to announce the reappointment of key Cross Country personnel ahead of the 2019 Australian season. Finn Marsland and Valerio Leccardi will continue in cross country skiing program leadership roles, both with expanding responsibilities. Click [HERE] for details.

Left photo – Finn Marsland: combined XC program director and the new national coach education coordinator position. Right photo – Valerio Leccardi: has a two-year contract extension to remain as national head coach. Both are Birkebeiner Ski Club members.

Coach Technique Workshops

  1. XC Coach Level 1 Technique Workshops –  Wed 10 Jul 2019 – Thu 11 Jul 2019, Falls Creek. Click [HERE] for details.
  2. XC Coach Level 2 Technique Workshop – Sat 13 Jul 2019 – Sun 14 Jul 2019, Perisher Valley. Click [HERE] for details.

2019 National Race Calendar Click [HERE] to view and download.

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