Expressions of interest wanted for Athlete Representative

It is time to elect new athlete representatives to the SSA Cross Country Committee (SSAXC) for the 2016/17 and 17/18 seasons. The role of the athlete representative is to:

  • Bring an athlete’s perspective to general committee discussion and decisions;
  • Advise the committee on athlete specific issues such as selection policies, race calendars, athlete support mechanisms;
  • Consult with current national team athletes and wider athlete community;
  • Ensure that relevant committee decisions are well communicated to the national team and wider athlete community;
  • The athlete representative may also have an active role on other sub-committees depending on their personal skills and experience.

Any current or recent (within 2 years) national team athlete is eligible to apply. Previous athlete representatives are welcome to reapply provided they meet the above criteria. EOIs should be 1-2 paragraphs in length and should briefly outline why the applicant feels they would be suitable for the position and the issues that the applicant feels are most important for the Australian cross country skiing athletes. Continue reading

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Seeking New Australian Head Coach

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SSA XC) is seeking expressions of interest for a Head Coach with the Cross Country Skiing High Performance Program. The intention is for this to be a full-time year-round position.

The Head Coach will primarily be responsible for coaching and leading athletes on the Australian National Team. This includes at major international events, during international tours, on-snow during the Australian winter, and during dryland training periods between winters. Coaching of athletes includes overseeing year-round physical, technical and psychological development.

A significant part of the Head Coach role will also include working with SSA XC and state sporting bodies to develop cross country skiing in Australia, including providing direction to underpinning programs, promoting the sport domestically, and supporting athlete/coach development pathways.

The key roles of the position and desired skills and qualifications are provided in this linked PDF:

Remuneration will be dependent on the experience of the successful applicant and whether the position ends up being full-time year round. All travel and living expenses will be covered during training camps and on international tours, as well as other negotiated expenses.

For additional details or any questions contact SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager Finn Marsland on finn.marsland@gmail.com or +61 408147940. Interested persons should apply via email to jobs@skiandsnowboard.org.au by Friday March 18, 2016, briefly addressing the key selection criteria. Applicants may be invited to supply additional information and/or to attend an interview. The appointment will be made by a panel appointed by SSA XC.

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2015 XC Towards 2018 Fundraising Wrap-Up

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As 2015 draws to a close it seems like a good time to give a wrap-up of the XC Towards 2018 fundraising efforts for the past year. The major team fundraiser of the year was the AUSXC Cocktail Party in Melbourne in October, hosted for the third year in a row at the house of Mandy Milne and Patrick Montgomery. By all accounts it was a very successful night, both from the perspective of fundraising and a social occasion. Approximately 120 people attended the event, which raised over $15,000 towards National Team athlete expenses.

 

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Special guests for the night included Michael Kennedy, the Ski & Snowboard Australia CEO, and Jo Prothero from the Falls Creek Resort, which is the National Team’s major partner and home of the National Training Centre throughout the winter. Features of the evening included silent and loud auctions, a video presentation of the 2015 winter put together by Paul Kovacs, and short speeches by national team athletes.

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The other two major annual fundraising activities for XC Towards 2018 are the Sundeck Cup at Perisher and Kangaroo Hoppet ski-waxing. Once again Cliff Wallis and the NSW XC race committee put on a great handicap race and lunch back at the Sundeck Hotel, raising $6,000 for the team. Numbers were up at the Hoppet with over $4,500 raised from the ski-waxing efforts of team coaches and athletes.

The final amount in the bank at the close of the SSA financial year on November 1 was just over $27,500, all of which will go towards National Team athlete expenses in the 2015-2016 international program which is already underway. Though slightly short of the $30,000 fundraising target set earlier in the year, it was very close and additional money is still coming in from Cocktail Party auction items.

Many thanks to everyone who supported all of the XC Towards 2018 fundraising activities, by donating auction items (donors listed below), attending events or getting their skis waxed, or who donated directly via the Australian Sport Foundation. website.

Cocktail Night Donors:

Falls Creek Resort Eastern Mountain Centre Merlin Ski Fields Falls Creek
Aimee Watson Evelyn Helmer Montgomery Family
Allan Marsland Fuel Brothers Café Oz Wood Giftware
Arctic Fit Geneovese Coffee Paddy Pallin Jindabyne
Balwyn Sports and Physiotherapy Centre Geraldine Blanch Palace Cinemas
Gillian Hillman Phillipa’s Bakery
Books In Print Globe Paul Family
Bounce Henry Buck’s Roof Carrier Systems
Brown Brothers Jean Claude Legras Sally Marsland
Bursill Sports Gear Jessica Yeaton Simone Perele
Cable Knitwear Jewellry Plus Ulladulla Snow, Trek & Travel
Casey Wright Kat Paul The Muesli Company
Clive Tutt Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Treats Café
Dewez Family Louise Ajani Willow
Lullaby Children’s Wear

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Discover XC – Boosting Participation

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee is excited to announce the launch of Discover XC, an introductory web portal that aims to boost cross country skiing grassroots participation. The new website has been put together in partnership with Ski Cross Country Victoria and the Australian Sports Foundation’s Giving for Grassroots project.

Designed to be mobile/tablet friendly, Discover XC showcases the many different faces of the sport and provides practical information and tips for beginners of all ages. Whether people might be interested in finding a healthy recreational alternative, keeping fit during winter, discovering snow-fun for the whole family, exploring the alpine back-country, seeking an adrenaline rush or taking up ski racing, Discover XC and cross country skiing has something for everyone.

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“It can be very difficult to get started in the sport without an inside connection,” said Kate Prest, one of the key drivers of the project from Camberwell in Melbourne. “A cousin introduced me to the sport as a teenager, I got my family into it and now we’re all hooked. With Discover XC we are trying to break down participation barriers and create easier pathways into the sport.”

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The next phase of the Discover XC project focuses on promotion in schools, using a mobile unit to travel around providing information on how to get started and demonstrating the sport using rollerskis. Also in the wings is an overhaul of this AUSXC.com website to provide more information on Australian cross country ski racing.

www.discoverxcski.com is now live for people to browse. For more information on getting started in the sport…click on the Get Started section!

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Provisional National Teams for 2015-2016

The provisional Cross Country Skiing National Teams for 2015-2016 have been released by SSA XC, the cross country committee of Ski & Snowboard Australia.

Phillip Bellingham and Jessica Yeaton are the sole two athletes invited to the World Cup Team based on their results over the past twelve months, with Callum Watson, Aimee Watson, and Paul Kovacs invited to join the Continental Cup Team. In addition four U23 athletes and fourteen Junior athletes will be receiving National Team invitations. Athletes can move up teams during the northern hemisphere winter based on their performances in FIS competition.

Bellingham and Yeaton had breakthrough results at the 2015 World Universiade Winter Games in Slovakia, where they both placed 8th in the Sprint finals. Bellingham was the most consistent Australian performer on the cross country skiing World Cup for the third season in a row, while Yeaton also had stand-out performances at the US Championships in January.

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Expressions of Interest for Coaches/Managers for 2015-2016 International Program

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SSA XC) is seeking expressions of interest from coaches and managers to work with the Cross Country Skiing High Performance Program during the 2015/2016 season. It is intended that the High Performance Program will include the following events / tours:

2016 World Cup Canada Tour
2016 World Junior / U23 Championship, Rasnov, Romania
2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway
2015/2016 Development Tour

Please note that some coaching/management positions may be combined and that multiple persons may be appointed to some events.

Additional information is provided in the job descriptions in the linked PDF below. Interested persons should apply via email to SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager Finn Marsland (finn.marsland@gmail.com) by Friday May 22, 2015, briefly addressing the key selection criteria. Applicants may be invited to supply additional information and/or to attend an interview. The appointment will be made by a panel appointed by SSA XC.

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2015 Australian Race Calendar – Draft

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee has just released the draft race calendar for 2015. Most event dates and locations are fixed, though there may be some changes to club events and to some of the minor event details. The draft calendar can be download here in PDF format: 2015 Australian XC Race Calendar – DRAFT

The new Australian Championship race structure used in 2014 remains largely the same. Aside from the planned alternation of race techniques and rotation of host state for the Australian Junior Championship, the only change has been to switch the weekend dates of the Australian Junior Championship and the Australian Open Championship / FIS events at Perisher. This change was made to avoid a clash between the FIS events and the Boonoona Open, both of which are run by the same organising committee.

Club race organisers with any changes in contact numbers or race details should email to National Race Secretary Peter Cunningham (contact details are on the calendar).