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December 2018

Happy International Volunteer Day, December 5th

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A sea of blue and purple may not be what comes to mind when you think of what makes the Canmore Nordic Centre world class. Humble beneath the alpine backdrop, the blue jacket and purple toque clad volunteers are the puppeteers behind snowy events in Canmore.

International Volunteer Day, which recognizes the invaluable role that volunteers play in building resilient communities, lands on December 5th; fitting for the volunteer biathlon community as it is also the opening week of the 2018/19 World Cup Biathlon season.

Every year Canmore biathlon volunteers dedicate long, cold hours to make sure athletes competing in the Bow Valley have the best chance for success. This year, however, requires an even larger and more committed fleet in order to host the Biathlon World in February. Ken Davies, Chair of the Organizing Committee says “As an event host, our volunteer base in Canmore is our greatest asset. Events would simply fall flat without the committed folks who give their time. They are truly what make our town and our events world class.”

By the numbers, so far there are over 250 volunteers dedicated to running a fantastic Biathlon World Cup. They are comprised of 64% female, mostly between the age of 45-60, and the majority have some experience with biathlon, either through involved family or friends. However, it’s always great to see there are growing numbers of young volunteers, who will no doubt be shown what the blue jacket and purple toques truly mean, and continue the important legacy of volunteerism in Canmore.

Apply for Experience Camp

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During the World Cup in Canmore, Biathlon Canada will host an Experience Camp. This is an unique opportunity for athletes born between 1997-2004 to take part in high quality training sessions, get insider’s perspective from a World Cup venue and discuss biathlon with the Olympic athletes as they arrive Canmore to compete on home turf.

The camp takes place February 5-11, 2019. It will be led by Roddy Ward, Director of Long Term Athlete Development and 2018 Olympic Coach and Jacqueline Akerman, Athlete and Coach Development Manager, as well as other high performance coaches.

Athletes will take part in training sessions on the World Cup course and in other locations around the Bow Valley. Athletes will gain exposure to World Cup racing, participate in a TV test race, fore-run for the World Cup, volunteer for the World Cup, meet and chat with members of Canada’s World Cup Team, and learn from specialists (Nutrition, Sport Psych, Physiology, and Strength) who work with our Senior National Team athletes.

Read more about eligibility, registration, schedule etc. here