Houghton Part 2

Paul Kovacs. Elite Cross-Country Skier

It’s quite amazing what can happen in a few days, a few hours or just a few kilometres. Since my last post a few days ago, we have had quite crazy weather with snow, rain and sunshine all thrown together. For a lot of the teams, this has been a nightmare for them. During these Championships, a few of the major teams with huge budgets really missed the wax and during the races their athletes have suffered for it. On the other hand, (bar my bad judgment call in the first race), Pete and Cody our two wax-tech geniuses have been killing it! It certainly helps when there are just four athletes and all boys, which means each race they can really narrow in and focus on just one race. It certainly helps! A big thanks to them both for doing such a great job!

Cody and Pete hard at work or in Cody's case pretending to be hard at work. Cody and Pete hard at…

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NSWXC Seeking 2016 Winter Coach

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NSW Cross Country is seeking expressions of interest from coaches to work with the NSW Junior Team and Athlete Development Program during the 2016 Southern Hemisphere winter, with the primary role being coaching athletes and coordinating the program.

The program will be of approximately twelve weeks duration and will be based predominately in Jindabyne/Perisher, NSW, with travel to the Victorian resort of Falls Creek for races and training events. There may be a requirement to travel to Sydney for dryland training. Additional information is provided in the job description linked below.

Interested persons should apply via email to NSW Cross Country Skiing Chair: (nswxc@nswsnowsports.com.au) by 12th Feb 2016, briefly addressing the key selection criteria. Please provide 2 references, with the contact details of the referees.

Applicants may be invited to supply additional information and/or to attend an interview. The appointment will be made by a panel appointed by NSWXC.

Position Title:  2016 NSW Development Program Manager/ On-Snow Coach.
Due Date:  By 1700 hrs, AEST, Friday 12th Feb 2016
Contract Period: 23rd June 2016 to 10th September 2016.

Houghton Part 1

Paul Kovacs. Elite Cross-Country Skier

My time to date at US Nationals could not be more different to last years in so many ways. The weather for a start is a welcome change. Last year we had -18C and a blizzard for two weeks straight, with no reprieve from a near constant whiteout. So far we have had a lot of sunny days mixed with a few cloudy days but temperatures seem to hover around -5C, balmy compared to last year.

Flying into Minneapolis. Flying into Minneapolis.

We had to wait for Pete at the airport for a few hours so we busted out the cards for a few games. We had to wait for Pete at the airport for a few hours so we busted out the cards for a few games.

We definitely had some Challenges packing the two cars... And yes thats my bag being difficult! We definitely had some challenges packing the two cars… And yes thats my bag being difficult!

I’m travelling with a very small crew of athletes and coaches, just 6 of us in total so a very small and tight group compared to the 24 or so people last…

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Callum Watson new blog


World Cup Team athlete Callum Watson has launched a new blog. Click on the image above or head to www.callumwxc.com for his recent posts on training, life, and cooking.