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Selection Trials Summary

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Three days of Selection Trials are completed here at Canmore Nordic Centre. The results affects the determination of which athletes will be representing Canada on the BMW IBU World Cup’s opening competitions as well as the first series of competition for the IBU Cup and Junior Cup. Scott Gow and Rosanna Crawford have pre qualified for the World Cup team based on the top 16-results last season. The team will be announced on 12 November.

Mixed bag of Results

National Head Coach, Matthias Ahrens summarizes the event as a mixed bag of good results and mediocre ones, as expected. -“I am really happy that we got to do the trials in fair conditions for the athletes”, says Ahrens. -“It is great winter conditions out here, and from a training perspective, I believe the first athletes are ready to go to Pokljuka”, he continues.”Trial races always brings out some nervousness among the athletes because it pretty much determines their season. Looking at their performances, it goes a bit up and down, and I expect better performances on the World Cup tour”, he concludes.

Sprint #1

The Trials began with sprint on Tuesday. Women were penalized with 24 seconds per miss due to insufficient snow for a penalty loop and men were penalized 22 seconds per miss. Megan Bankes won the overall women’s 7.5 km sprint, with one miss on prone shooting and clean standing. Christian Gow won the men’s 10km sprint with clean shooting.

Top 3 Women:

  1. Megan Banks / Foothills Nordic Ski Club: 21.43.2
  2. Megan Tandy / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (+22.8)
  3. Rosanna Crawford / Canmore Nordic (+52.4)

Top 3 Men:

  1. Christian Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (24.39.5)
  2. Scott Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (+47.9)
  3. Jules Burnotte / Club plein air biathlon Estrie (+51.6)

Sprint #2

Day two of the Selection Trials continued with another Sprint competition. The same penalization rules applied for this competition. Megan Tandy won the women’s sprint with clean prone shooting and one miss for standing. Nathan Smith placed first for the men, with one miss for prone shooting and clean standing.

Top 3 Women:

  1. Megan Tandy / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (21.17.5)
  2. Rosanna Crawford / Canmore Nordic (+5.7)
  3. Nadia Moser / Biathlon Yukon (+21.2)

Top 3 Men:

  1. Nathan Smith / Foothills Nordic Ski Club (24.02.07)
  2. Christian Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (+4.2)
  3. Aidan Millar / Team R.A.D (+35.7)

Relay #3

Last day of Trials concluded with a modified Relay. It was conducted with individual start with each athlete carrying three spares. Women raced a total of 6 kilometers and were penalized with 24 seconds per miss, the men raced 7.5 kilometer and were penalized with 22 seconds per miss. Nadia Moser was the fastest woman out on the course, despite one miss for the standing shooting. Christian Gow advanced from Thursday’s competition, being the fastest male athlete with clean shooting and no use of spares.

Top 3 Women:

  1. Nadia Moser / Biathlon Yukon (19.57.5)
  2. Emily Dickson / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (+6.0)
  3. Sarah Beaudry / Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (+7.3)

Top 3 Men:

  1. Christian Gow / Rocky Mountain Racers (18.58.3)
  2. Scott Gow /Rocky Mountain Racers (+8.9)
  3. Nathan Smith / Foothills Nordic Ski Club (+33.7)

Biathlon Canada will make the team selection announcement in the following days. 

World Cup spots on line at Selection Trials

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Next week’s biathlon selection trials, on snow, will certainly add a World Cup feel to it. Knowing that the World Cup circuit will in fact return to Canmore in February 2019, the athletes’ motivation to excel is as high as ever.

Athletes selected for tours will be notified by Monday 12 November. Rosanna Crawford and Scott Gow are pre-selected for World Cup given their top 16 results from prior season. Athletes will also be competing for spots to represent the international “B level circuit”, the IBU Cup.

“Being at Canmore for Selection Trials means that athletes get to compete in a venue where we’ll actually be competing on the World Cup this season”, says National Team Head Coach, Mathias Ahrens. “Additionally, it is a great advantage being able to conduct the trials on snow at home this time of year when other teams have to travel far to get on glaciers or compete on roller skies instead”, he continues. “We’re also looking forward to having our top Juniors from across the country to competing for spots to represent Canada on the International Junior Tour”, says Roddy Ward, who newly started his position as Long Term Athlete Development Director. “This week will showcase over 80 of our top Canadian biathletes, all seeking to represent Canada internationally, added Ward.

The BMW IBU World Cup kicks off 3 December in Pokljuka, Slovenia, while the IBU Cup season begins in Irde, Sweden, on 26 November. Both circuits have eight competitions on the program for the season, including World Cup in Canmore 7-10 February as one of the highlights.

Last time Canmore hosted a World Cup Biathlon event was in 2016 and that was the largest biathlon competition in the history of the Canmore Nordic Centre outside of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Key figures from that event include 345 volunteers, 25 participating nations consisting of 98 male and 98 female athletes, 22 000 spectators and 48.6 million TV viewers and 76.5 hrs of broadcast time. All indicators tell us that the 2019 event will be larger.

Selection trial formats and dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 6 November: Sprint Competition #1, 10.00: Women, 11.00: Men
  • Thursday 8 November: Sprint Competition #2: 10.00: Men, 11.00: Men
  • Friday 9 November: Relay (Modified): 10.00: Women, 11.00: Men

Ticket sales are booming

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Tickets sales are booming from the very beginning. One week ago, tickets for the upcoming World Cup biathlon became available and the interest has been high.

“It’s been an amazing start for the ticket sale, the response has been fantastic”, says Chief of the Organizing Committee, Ken Davies. Many of the ticket purchasers for this event so far are the same as those who attended the World Cup in 2016. “Spectators who came to watch the competitions here in 2016 remember the exiting and fun experience and want to relive that”, Davies continues. – “This season, we hope to bring this beautiful LIVE sport to more peoples attention, and we guarantee three entertaining and thrilling event days here at the Canmore Nordic Centre”, Davies promises.

Competition Program

The competition program is one of a kind; it kicks of on Thursday with the “Biathlon Classics”, the Individual competition format. On Saturday, the event continues with the audiences’ favorite, the Relay. Anything can happen in a relay, and that’s why we love it! Last, but not least, athletes will battle it out for the Mass Start on Sunday and we expect high speed and tight results. Nothing will be decided before the last shot has been taken.

Get behind the World Cup scenes at our Facebook Event

If you want to take part in this world-class biathlon action, don’t wait to get a ticket as the premium spots are selling fast. Competitions kicks off 7 February 10:00 with Individual Women as the first on out on the program.

Find the full competition program here

Read more about ticket options and prices here


Volunteer Area Descriptions

By Volunteers

Below are general descriptions of the various areas requiring volunteers. Please think carefully about the roles you request. If outside, be prepared to be out and standing for long periods for any weather condition. Some roles require physical strength, and/or excellent vision and such.

We are only accepting applications for full-day commitments and cannot accommodate shared or part day roles. As well, if you commit to a day, please do what you can keep available. Last minute changes do happen, but are very challenging for the organizers to manage.

As a volunteer for the IBU World Cup you will not only be responsible for your role, but will also be an ambassador for the sport, the event and the Canmore community. We want everyone to be feel welcome and respected. We, Canadians, are known for our diplomacy, warmth and friendly smiles. Let’s sparkle!


The Competition office is a sophisticated information centre that supports athletes/teams, fields questions, supporting jury and IBU representatives, organizing team leader meetings, managing registrations, bib distribution, radio assignments, wax room assignments, etc.  It is where all the results come in to be complied and distributed.  It is a highly administrative area and requires people who are service-minded, highly organized, capable of working in a very hectic environment and always able to keep a cool head. German and Russian or other language skills are helpful.


Course volunteers are responsible for ensuring the ski trails are well maintained and safe for both training and competitions. As a member of the course team, you may assist with one or more of the following tasks course security, air and snow temperature measurements, course marking, and fencing.  These roles are outdoors with exposure to the elements for lengthy periods. While in these roles, you will experience the thrill of the skiing aspects of the competition while being mindful of the activities of spectators and support crews.


The Penalty Loop is where athletes do penance for missed shots.  Volunteers here will be witness the heartbreak and excitement as athletes struggle to maintain position.  Volunteers will be responsible for recording loops completed.  Those results are then delivered to the competition office to be collated and cross-checked with the results coming in from the range to ensure athletes have completed the required loops for missed shots.


Working at the shooting range is often fast-paced and requires speed and accuracy, but it allows you to be close to the action. Medals are often won or lost here. Results are recorded both electronically and manually (paper). Results are then sent to the Competition office and collated. It is critical that all volunteers participate in ensuring the range is safe and secure by watching that firearms are being handled appropriately and that the range can be navigated safely by athletes, officials and volunteers by keeping it free from extraneous activity and debris.


This crew is responsible for the setting up the stadium which includes start, finish, penalty loop, equipment check, clothing transportation and podium positioning. Stadium Crew ensures the proper functioning and safety of everything around these areas. Assignments will involve setting up fences, banners, whiskers, v-boards and re configuring the Stadium throughout the week for the different types of races. This setup work takes place early in the mornings and maintenance throughout the day. Stadium Crew will also be responsible for doing equipment checks before and after races.


A variety of duties may be assigned to this group from marshaling athletes in the start area, pre-calling and recording the order of finishes, etc. Good vision (to read bib numbers from a distance) and attention to detail is required for most tasks. One should be comfortable with electronic data recording.


With the exception of spectators, everyone at any of the World Cup events must be accredited.  All athletes, coaches, support staff, media, volunteers, officials, etc. must obtain accreditation passes to allow them access to appropriate parts of the various venues.  Volunteers working in this area will be working with computer systems, printing and laminating equipment.  Service-minded volunteers here must be comfortable with projecting authority while being welcoming.  This area is often a source of information for the entire event.


Volunteers in this are tasked with ensuring that competitors selected for doping tests are appropriately chaperoned and escorted to testing facilities following the rules and guidelines set by the IBU in this regard. Volunteers must be discreet, professional and respectful of privacy at all times.


Individuals volunteering in this area will be called upon to assist teams as a concierge and provide necessary language support.  Volunteers must be fluent in the language of the visiting team and English.  You may also be called upon to greet and meet teams as they arrive in Calgary and support them in navigating their way to Canmore.  Greeters will also be needed to greet teams, media, VIPs when they arrive in Canmore and direct them to their rooms and meals and such.  Second language skills are required.


Food and Beverage volunteers will be supporting the various hospitality venues that are serving food and beverages.  Individuals volunteering in this area will be responsible for ordering, liaising with vendors and Hospitality venues to ensure meal and beverage requirements are being met.


Athletes, coaches and IBU officials will use this area to “hang out”, relax and connect. Meals and refreshments will be served. It will by up to volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly and is kept clean. This area will be secured. Volunteers here must use discretion and respect privacy.


Volunteers for this position must be medical professionals or have current first-aid certifications to be vetted by the Medical Chief.


To work in this section, you need to be solution-oriented and prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure that the people tasked with communicating news about the event via the various media channels have the best possible working conditions. Work will involve rigging, organizing press conferences, coordinating the photo zone and stands, making sure refreshments are available, and keeping check of the mixing zone. This can often be a high paced and hectic area.  Media experience is helpful.

Volunteer roles may include: In-front personal (assisting with lighting issues), Media Spotters, Media Runners, Athlete Escorts (to media events), Media Room Assistant, Concierge, etc.


We need individuals to help organize a spectator refreshment area with Food Trucks, market stalls, and retailers (IBU approved). Creating a fun place for the whole family to be part of this event and we will need creative individuals to organize and lead this area. Volunteer roles may include: Leaders, program organizers, etc.


Access to all the Biathlon venues is restricted and requires accreditation or tickets to be allowed appropriate access. Access controllers and security will be stationed throughout the venues. Volunteers here will support Stadium, Range and Course crews to ensure that proper fencing and access controls are in place. Volunteers here must be comfortable asserting authority while maintaining a positive environment. Parking controllers will also be required. The Nordic Centre will be closed to public parking. Parking controllers will direct traffic accordingly and direct the public to public transit or specially set up transportation systems. Parking controllers will also provide information about the events.


Volunteers in this area will be ambassadors for the sport ans well as handle ticketing.  You will be must have a strong knowledge of the sport of Biathlon and the programs and be able to educate spectators of the intricacies of biathlon.  We want our community to get as excited about this sport as the Europeans do!  Volunteers will be taking tickets, providing information, directing guests to spectator areas and other onsite services like cafes and toilets, selling swag, meeting buses of spectators and more.


We will need people to help distribute toques, coats and other swag and material required for volunteers. As well, we will be setting up a World Cup SWAG retail centre and will need volunteers to manage it. This will also likely become an Information Centre for Spectators and ticket purchases.


Special transportation systems will be set up to move athletes, support staff, volunteers, media and such to and from around Canmore to the Nordic Centre. We will also need drivers to support key officials and VIPs. Drivers may also be called upon to act as a courier to deliver goods as necessary. A strong knowledge of the Canmore area is essential, along with a valid driver’s licence. Private bussing systems will be required for athletes, coaches, support staff, officials and VIPs. Assistance will be needed in setting up and supervising the logistics of the transportation needs before, during and after the event. As well, chauffeurs may be required to deal with special situations. Standby drivers will also be required to move equipment or to pick up and deliver material, etc.


This area will be the central meeting place for volunteers to get up-to-date information, directions, refreshments, hand warmers, meals and so on.


Volunteers will be required to direct our visitors to transportation services, meals and/or provide information on other services and highlights of the area. You will also be providing information on special events, health services, weather conditions, etc. Greeters will meet schools and other special guests and lead to the appropriate areas. Volunteers will be needed throughout the day and late into the evening.