The club, through the initiative of Ronice Goebel, has since 2011 invited an overseas coach for the winter season to assist with club (junior & adult) and school coaching. The club and the Victorian Junior XC Ski Team fund the coaches airfare to Australia who are billeted with local club families. This project has also provided a fantastic cultural exchange opportunity and the basis for many new international friendships.
- 2011 — Veronique Beenen (Canada)
- 2012 — August Teague (USA)
- 2013 — Victor Gustafsson (Sweden)
- 2014 — Tom Smith (USA)
- 2015 — Eric Stovall (Finland)
- 2016 — Kristian Holmsen (Norway)
- 2017 – Miles Havlick (USA)
- 2018 – Cambria McDermott (USA)
Eric Stovall (Finland) — Feedback from my Australian experience. Click [HERE]
Profile: Cambria McDermott — 2018
This year our club will welcome Cambria McDermott from the United States. Since 2012, Birkebeiner have provided a voluntary opportunity for people from other countries who are skilled and passionate about skiing to experience an Australian winter and take a lead role in developing our junior skiers and assisting our more experienced athletes and club members with instruction clinics and Hoppet Training Sessions.
This opportunity has proven to be valuable in providing a wonderful way for us to appreciate and learn what skiers from other cultures can bring, as well as offering them an international experience that includes their love of skiing.
Cambria will arrive during the July School Holidays and she will first be helping with the Birkie Junior Development Camp and Junior Victorian Team/Squad.
Hello Birkebeiner Ski Club! My name is Cambria, I am 24 years old, living in Bozeman, Montana USA and I am so excited to join your team for the summer.
I grew up in Vermont, a small state on the North Eastern edge of the United States, and have been skiing since before I can remember. I was fortunate to attend a ski-specific high school in Vermont (Stratton Mountain School) and then move west to spend my college years ski racing for Montana State University and studying Exercise Physiology.
After college, I spent a year living in Norway and racing for a Norwegian ski team. In Norway, I took some ski – specific physiology classes; it was fascinating to learn more about their research and training methods. I stopped ski racing last year, and have been filling my time with friends, mountain biking, ski touring and working at a small medical clinic.
I am really looking forward to a summer full of skiing! Ski racing has brought me to so many amazing places and people, I can’t wait to share my passion for our sport with your club and learn more about all of you.