National Team partners with YMCA at Falls Creek

Media Release, SSA Cross Country Committee, 19 June 2015

Cross country skiing in Australia looks set for a bright future, with today’s announcement of a new partnership between Ski & Snowboard Australia  and the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre.

National Team coaches will join experienced instructors to provide an enhanced range of cross country skiing services for skiers of all abilities. With a new season focus on healthy lifestyle, family snow-fun and winter fitness, the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre has something for everyone.

2014 NTC Coach Tom Smith working on technique with athlete Casey Wright

2014 NTC Coach Tom Smith working on technique with athlete Casey Wright

Diverse terrain, consistent snow and high quality trail grooming makes Falls Creek a world-class skiing destination for elite and beginners alike. It has been the official home and National Training Centre for the Australian Cross Country Ski Team since 2004.

”Cross country skiing is a great way to stay healthy and to spend time with friends and family,” said Matthew Charles-Jones, Manager of YMCA at Falls Creek. “The National Team coaches will add great depth to our ski school offerings and add a real vibrancy to the cross country trails.”

New coaching services available through the Falls Creek Nordic Centre include advanced private lessons, video analysis, weekly coaching packages and Kangaroo Hoppet training plans. Throughout the winter a series of “Masters” technique clinics will be held with different themes, and coaches will also be sharing their ski waxing knowledge in a number of evening clinics that will double up as National Team fundraisers.

“This partnership will enable more coaches to be based at Falls Creek all winter, improving support for our National Team athletes as well as offering new services to the general public.” said National Team High Performance Manager Finn Marsland.

Coaching at the National Training Centre this winter will be headed up Estonian Kein Einaste, a world class ski sprinter and experienced coach. Kein will be supported by up and coming coach Robert Jones in a new Assistant Coach role. Also on the FCNC coaching staff for the winter is JC Legras, who has worked with the National Team over many years and is currently the National Team Strength & Conditioning coach.

The first National Team training camp of the season is set to take place at Howmans Gap / Falls Creek from June 28 to July 3. Details of the FCNC coaching services are available on the YMCA website,  while activities of the National Team can be followed via and @ausxc on social media.

For more information contact:

Michelle Armstrong
SSA XC National Media Coordinator – 0419 264 062

Finn Marsland
SSA XC High Performance Manager – 0408 147940

Matthew Charles-Jones
YMCA Falls Creek Manager – 03 5758 3228



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