2017 Low-Fluoro Waxing Protocol

In 2016 the Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SSAXC) introduced a Low-Fluoro Wax Protocol for club and state level competitions. This protocol will continue for 2017, and essentially involved all participants only using no-fluor or low-fluor glide waxes for these competitions. A 1-page PDF of the protocol can be viewed here: SSAXC Low-Fluoro Waxing Protocol 2017

The aims of this protocol are to:

  • Create a level playing field and fair competitions that demonstrate the skiing ability of participants.
  • Reduce time spent waxing so more focus is on preparing for competition.
  • Reduce the cost to athletes, parents and teams.
  • Minimise potential health risks from high-fluor waxing with poor ventilation.

The protocol requires the cooperation of athletes, coaches and parents, and is similar to waxing protocols that exist throughout Canada and the USA. While it is self-policing, in most cases it will be clear to race organisers if high fluoro waxes are being used. Good communication and education will help make the policy successful and keep costs low to encourage increased participation in our sport.

Please note that this protocol does not extend to Australian Championships or Australian Junior Championships, nor for the Kangaroo Hoppet (including the Australian Birkebeiner and Joey Hoppet), which is an international event.

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