Videos from Anna’s Blog – Tjejvasan

At the end of last February Casey Wright, Ash Spittle and I competed in the TjejVasan . It’s a 30km classic races from Oxberg to Mora with 10000 female participants. I placed 65th in a time of 1:36:42, Casey placed 66th in a time of 1:37:12 and Ash placed 154th in a time of 1:45:26. This was our last hoorah at the end of a 4 month long European ski season before flying home to Australia.

Australian Rollerski Championships 2014

The 2014 event was held today in very blustery conditions on the Stromlo Forest Criterium Track and on the Bindubi St bike path. This was the first year we have held these championships with an international field with Slovenia represented by 2014 Winter Olympian Barbara Jezersek and Russia by Gregory Kazancev. Barbara dominated the womens’ field in all 3 events (and in the process, the entire mens’ field during the mass start).

Thanks go out to Snowgum Wodonga for sponsoring the event and giving us the ability to raise money for the Amelia McGuinness Foundation. Photos will follow soon. Also to thank are the volunteers who were able to take over timing duties so the chief of race could participate in the event. An incredible job was done with bib numbers all over the place whilst co-ordinating a start and finish with hand timing 2.2km apart is a skill to be envious of.

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2014 Australian Race Calendar

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has just released the 2014 Australian Race Calendar. There are several key changes for this year, which have been brought about through a calendar review and feedback from athletes, clubs, states and race organisers. SAXC would like to thank everyone who has been involved.

Readers should note that the calendar is still being given a final proof check, however most details and the dates and locations of all major events are set. Any changes to the calendar will be posted on AUSXC and can be accessed via the calendar tab above.

The overall purpose of the calendar re-structure is to support SAXC’s long-term athlete development principles. To develop world class skiers it is vital for Australia to have a vibrant domestic racing circuit, with strong competition at all levels of the athlete pathway from entry level through to Masters. It is big challenge to juggle the location and timing of club and championship events; providing rungs for our developing athletes to climb, ranges of events for all abilities and also opportunities for our elite athletes to train and focus on the main competition season overseas at the end of the year. Not every athlete aspires to compete for Australia at the World Junior Championship or the Winter Olympics, but if they do the pathway should be there. Rationale for the major calendar changes are provided below. Continue reading