Brace Yourselves… 2013 Lake Mountain Sprint X


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Results – 2013 Lake Mountain Rollerski Challenge

Apologies for the late posting of this report from the…

Lake Mountain Roller Ski Challenge 5th May 2013

An interesting mix of classic, skate rollerskiers and a strong turn up of ‘Team Skike Force’ took the challenge and had a great hill climb on a cool but sunny day. Nick Montgomery posted an outstanding time to reflect his Junior World Championship form and Ellie Phillips lead home the girls in front of a pack of Masters Skikers and Vic Junior Squadlings.

Team Ivanhoe had a fantastic turn up and excelled at the 4km and 10km Challenge with most tackling the ‘Lake’ for the first time.

2013 Lake Mountain Roller Ski Challenge – Results

Expressions of Interest sought for XC High Performance Program Staff

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions with the Cross Country Skiing High Performance Program for the 2013/2014 season:

  • 2014 World Junior Championship Coach;
  • 2014 World Junior Championship Team Manager;
  • 2013/2014 Continental Cup Team Coach; and,
  • 2013 World University Winter Games (WUWG) Coach. Continue reading

Coaching Courses coming up in June – Level 0 and Level 1

Applications will soon be open for the following Cross Country Skiing Coach Courses to be run in June: Continue reading

Expressions of Interest sought for XC National Coaching Director

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Cross Country Skiing National Coaching Director.

The position would be appointed on an honorarium basis. Additional information is provided in the job description below. Interested persons should apply via email to Finn Marsland ( by May 31, briefly addressing the key selection criteria. Applicants may be invited to supply additional information.

National Coaching Director Job Description

Expressions of Interest sought for National XC Committee

The SSA Board has called for Expressions of Interest from individuals interested to be on the SSA Cross Country Committee. See excerpt from SSA E-News below for more details. Continue reading

2013 Race Licences and SSA Membership Due

Race Licences for 2013 are now due and available via the Ski & Snowboard Australia website.

All skiers who wish to compete in National or NSW/ACT state championship events at open, junior, or masters level will need some form of SSA Registration. In particular all athletes requiring a FIS Licence should register ASAP via the SSA website if they want to be eligible for FIS points during the Australian winter.

There are three types of cross country race registration available:

Cross Country – Sport Racer – $27.50

Cross Country – National Racer – $82.50

Cross Country – International Racer – $148.50

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Australian Junior XC Ski Team: 2012/2013 International Program Review



Ski and Snowboard Australia organised an Australian Junior Team European Tour in the lead up to the World Junior Championships. The aims of the trip were multi-dimensional. The primary aim was to put athletes in the best possible position to excel at the World Junior Championships. The trip also aimed to increase the on-snow time and international race experience of our top junior athletes so as to further their development and help transition them into the senior age classes. A more detailed description of the trip is available in the first Appendix.

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Images from Sydney Futures Camp

An SSA Cross Country Skiing Dryland Futures was held in Sydney over the weekend, lead by 2013 World Junior Championship coach Nick Grimmer and 2010 Winter Olympian Ben Sim. From all reports the weekend was highly successful, with over 50 junior athletes taking part over the two days. See below for a number of images from the weekend, courtesy of event organiser Toni Hulme from NSW Cross Country.

SSA Futures

2013 Australian Ski & Snowboard Awards

The 2013 Australian Ski & Snowboard Awards were held in Melbourne last Thursday May 2. The full list of award winners, topped by Athlete of Year Alex Pullin (Boardercross), is available on the SSA Website. From the cross country skiing perspective there were three award winners. On the athlete side Phillip Bellingham took home Cross Country Skier of the Year, and Anna Trnka won the Junior Cross Country Skier of the Year. The first cross country skiing cross-discipline award winner for many years, Allison Stoddart won the award for Participation and Sport Development.

SSA Awards 2013

L-R: Britteny Cox – (Mogul Skiing Junior Athlete of the Year), Bill Sykes MP, State Member for Benalla & Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Industries, Phillip Bellingham and Allison Stoddart.
Image take by Nick Parkinson, SSA.

More information on each of the award winners has been posted on the BNSC site.