Junior Birkies

2022 Birkie Junior Ski Team

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-organizer and motivator.  Additional coaches may also assist, depending upon team size, including club members Esther Bottomley (3 x Winter Olympian) and Nick Blackwell (current National Team member).

The sessions will mostly target skill development on roller skis.  Please note: No prior roller ski experience is necessary.  The BNSC will provide roller skis 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 2nd May 2022. Meet at 4:00 pm for a 4:15 pm sharp start. The session concludes at 5:15 pm.

Sessions will take place each Monday during Term 2.

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

  • 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 to the membership portal.


Contact either Tim Retchford 0401 321 665, Paul Gray 0403 188 481 or Kate Duggan 0420 515 712. An application form will be emailed to you, to complete and bring to the session.

SAVE THE DATE: Birkie Junior Camp is usually the last weekend of the Victorian Term 2 school holidays. Details to follow.

 Important SSA XC Committee information
No High-Fluoro Waxing Protocol
Club & State Level XC Races
Click [HERE]

2022 Junior Birkie On-Snow Coaching Sessions are for age 11-16 years (school year levels 5-9) who may be interested in some racing and are focused on skill development and fun with participation in some races (not compulsory though!). It is definitely not for beginners. Registration is required.

2022 On-Snow Program

Details will be announced prior to winter.

Registration is required:

Please click [HERE] to download a Word version of the registration form. Fill in and email to the secretary <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au>. Note — Registration Forms are available at the Clubhouse.

Also available is the Snow, Trek & Travel Wodonga — Mini-Series which is a series of  fun races for all juniors including Junior Joeys and skiers of ALL abilities.  Note: Skiers in the Victorian Junior XC Ski Team are not eligible to enter the Mini-Series but they are invited to help out on the day! Click HERE for more details.

2022 Mini-Series events (details to follow)

  1. Note: (C) = Classical style of XC Skiing and (F) = Freestyle (usually skating)

Age groups from U8 through to U16 & U18. Distances 0.5km to 2.5km. Age is taken as of 31/12/2021. Entry Fee $10.00.

Contact is Lynn-Maree Cullen Mob: 0409 592 226 or Email <lmc0511@gmail.com>

Contact — The secretary <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au>

2010/2011 Junior Birkie Development Camp photos

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Juniors of yesteryear (1983)

1983 Juniors including two Olympians – Jenny Smith (BNSC), Anthony Evans (WSC & three-time Olympian), David Holman (TNSC), Drew Bantick (BNSC), Andrew Kromar (TNSC) & Paul Gray (BNSC & two time Olympian)