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

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Birkie Bits by Nordic Ned

  • Virtual Kangaroo Hoppet – Entries to date 1,173. Go to <> 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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