SSA XC eNews – 14 July 2015

SSA XC eNews – 14 July, 2015

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SSA XC Athlete Handbook

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SSA is pleased to release the 2015 Australian Cross Country Skiing Handbook. Featuring general sport information, athlete pathways, National Teams, selection policies, competition rules and more, the XC Handbook is an essential resource for Australian cross country skiing athletes and coaches.

2015 XC Handbook

Successful National Team Camp

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The Australian XC Team at the end of a training session on June 30

The SSA XC National Team had their annual early season training camp at Falls Creek in the first week of July. Eighteen athletes and five coaches took part in the camp, which featured early morning ski sessions in the snowmaking areas, afternoon rollerskiing, running and gym sessions, and medical and physical screening with team doctors and physios. Despite limited snow on the cross country trails team coaches were very satisfied with the week of training and the positive atmosphere of the camp.

SSATV were on site to capture footage on the first few days of the camp, and an additional video was put together by National Team athletes from coaches’ footage.

To follow National Team activities look for @ausxc on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Donations to the team can be made via the XC Towards 2018 campaign.

Falls Creek National Training Centre Coaches and YMCA Partnership

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National Training Centre Coach Kein Einaste directing traffic at Falls Creek

The SSA XC National Team and YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre have partnered up this season to bring more coaches to the Falls Creek National Training Centre and offer new coaching services to the general skiing public. Former World Cup athlete Kein Einaste from Estonia has been appointed as National Training Centre head coach for the winter, supported by Robert Jones in a new assistant coach position and also National Strength & Conditioning Coach JC Legras who is based at Falls Creek for the winter for the first time. Living at the YMCA Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, Einaste will coordinate and oversee daily training at Falls Creek until the middle of September.

Through the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre the three coaches will also offer advanced private coaching, video analysis and Kangaroo Hoppet training plans to the public. Other new services include a series of Saturday Masters Clinics which double up as fundraisers for the National Team XC Towards 2018 Project. Further details of the clinics and other services are available on the YMCA website.

Snow Falls & Race Changes

Significant snow falls at Falls Creek and Perisher and more on the way this week are just in time for upcoming races on the July 18/19 weekend. With a number of events cancelled on the past two weekends please note the following changes to the racing schedule at Perisher.

  • Saturday July 18 – NSW Open/Junior Sprint Championships (C) replacing the NSW Distance Championships.  Time Trials to start at 9:30am. Enter online or on the day by 8:30am SHARP.  Separate Junior and Senior Finals will be held.
  • Sunday July 19 – The Cooma Open (thank you Cooma Ski Club) will be combined with the ACT Distance Championships (F).  11am start, enter online or late entries on the day closing at 10:00am.

Enter online here

The race schedule at Falls Creek is as originally planned: Victorian Junior Championship, Classic Sprint on Saturday July 18 and Freestyle Distance races on Sunday July 19. Results will be posted on:

2016 World Junior/U23 Championship Coach

Following an EOI process Ewan Watson has been appointed by the SSA XC Committee as the lead coach for the Australian Team at the 2016 World Junior /U23 Championship is Rasnov, Romania. Watson was coach of the Australian Team at the World University Winter Games in 2013, and has worked with both the NSW and Victorian junior teams. A former National Team athlete, Ewan reached a peak in 2011, representing Australia at the World Championships in Oslo.

The preliminary plan for the 2016 WJC/U23 Championship is to have a six-week preparation period in Europe, further details and locations to be confirmed following the release of the 2015/2016 FIS race calendar. Pending the number of athletes on the team, an additional 1-2 coaches will be announced later this winter. The intention is for athletes selected to the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games team to undertake the same preparation then leave one week earlier to Lillehammer in Norway before the WYOG commences.

XC Athlete Nomination for the 2016 WYOG

As announced in the SSA E-News of July 3, Nomination policies have been released for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The full nomination policy is available on the SSA website. Currently Australia has quota places for one male and one female cross country skiing athlete. Selection will be based on performance in the following four events:

  • Saturday July 25, Australian Championship Sprint Freestyle, Perisher
  • Sunday July 26, Australian Championship 5/10km Classic, Perisher
  • Saturday August 1, Australian Junior Championship Sprint Classic, Falls Creek
  • Sunday August 2, Australian Junior Championship 5/7.5km Freestyle, Falls Creek

It should be noted that performances in the both the sprint time trials and finals will be taken into account. Despite being a WYOG event, the Cross Country Cross event in the afternoon on August 1 will not be considered by the selection panel when determining the nominated athletes.


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