25 Faces of the Hoppet — #5

hoppet-logoAs part of the lead up to the 2015 Kangaroo Hoppet the organisers are  profiling 25 Faces of the Hoppet.

Click [HERE] to find out who is the latest Face of the Hoppet.


Click [HERE] to View a Slideshow of Photos of recent Clubhouse renovations


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25 Faces of the Hoppet — #4

hoppet-logoAs part of the lead up to the 2015 Kangaroo Hoppet the organisers are  profiling 25 Faces of the Hoppet.

Click [HERE] to find out who is the latest Face of the Hoppet.


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Clubhouse Renovations

The major work on the Clubhouse has started thanks to Jim Crebbin (co-ordinator) and builder club members Mike Smith and Rob Boland.

The extensive renovations include the replacing all windows with double glazing and aluminium frames, and re-cladding the outside with Colorbond. Window installation is complete with the Colorbond arriving this week.

Jim has had a good band of helpers and the Club thanks those who have put in, namely: Jim & Meg Crebbin, Mike Smith, Rob Boland, Phil Evans, Bob Flower, Paul Gray, Bill Little, Doug Hamilton and Rus Bellingham.

Click [HERE] to View a Slideshow of Photos on the Clubhouse History Page
(each photo has a play/pause button and forward & back arrows to control the show)

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25 Faces of the Hoppet — #3

hoppet-logoAs part of the lead up to the 2015 Kangaroo Hoppet the organisers are  profiling 25 Faces of the Hoppet.

Click [HERE] to find out who is the latest Face of the Hoppet.


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25 Faces of the Hoppet — #2

hoppet-logoAs part of the lead up to the 2015 Kangaroo Hoppet the organisers are  profiling 25 Faces of the Hoppet.

Click [HERE] to find out who is the latest Face of the Hoppet.


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25 Faces of the Hoppet — #1 (Alice Hamilton)

This year will see the 25th running of the Kangaroo Hoppet cross country ski marathon at Falls Creek on the fourth Saturday in August.

Over 1,200 skiers from all around the world are expected to take part in the 42km main event together with the associated 21km and 7km shorter events on August 22nd.

As we reach the start of autumn, it is now 25 weeks until the 25th Kangaroo Hoppet.

“25 years is a pretty remarkable achievement” says Hoppet Race Director Allan Marsland, “and we are planning for an increased level of participation with past skiers returning for the occasion and bringing family and friends with them”.

“As part of the lead up to the event we plan to publish 25 profiles of a range of people involved with the events, not only as participants but also as volunteers. By highlighting the achievements of these people we hope to inspire others to make the decision to come along and be part of the cross country skiing activity at Falls Creek not just at Hoppet time but throughout the season as well”.


Alice Hamilton, 31, Tawonga, Victoria

Alice Hamilton, 31, Tawonga, Victoria

I completed my first 21km Birkebeiner race seven years ago, after a couple of seasons of cross-country skiing.  Before that I was into snowboarding!

Cross-country skiing got me out exploring, and it was something I enjoyed doing by myself or with friends.  I also enjoyed the fitness aspect.  I was getting a full body workout and it made me feel really good, especially when I would go skiing early in the morning as the sun was coming up!

I loved being a part of the whole Hoppet event.  Back then, I saw people competing in the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet and thought it was beyond me, but I kept skiing and improving my Birkie results, and a few years later I entered the 42km  for the first time.  I just wanted to make it around the course! That was 2011 when it was held up on Frying Pan.  I had a big crash coming off the summit and ended up with some blood on my face.  I wasn’t hurt, but I felt a bit emotional after finishing something so hard and managing to scrape inside the top ten women!

Now I’m involved with the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club.  I enjoy the community aspect to skiing and getting involved in club races and events, like Ski de Femme.

I have not experienced anything quite like the vibe you get at the Hoppet, with everyone from elite international skiers, our own Olympians, young families and everyone in between.

After a year off in 2013 and the Birkie in 2014, I think I’ll have another crack at the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet in 2015, its 25th anniversary!

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Media & Communications Workshop for Women – Sun 12th April (AIS Canberra)

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Female cross country ski athletes, coaches, officials, administrators & supporting mums. We need your help to ‘talk up’ XC skiing…raise our media profile and get more people & sponsors on skinny skis!

Come along to The Media & Communications Skills Workshop, organised by the Ski & Snowboard Australia, National Cross Country Committee and funded by the Australian Sports Commission’s Women Leaders in Sport Program.

  • Date: Sunday 12th April, 2015
  • Time: 9am  – 3:30pm
  • Venue: AIS, Canberra
  • Who: Female XC Ski athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and supporting mums.
  • RSVP: Friday 20th March 2015 <www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSAXC>
  • More Info: Michelle Armstrong — Mob: 0419 264 062, Email: <michelle@michellearmstrong.com.au>
  • Cost: FREE (lunch provided)

Alice Wheeler (Sports Media Communications specialist), is the guest speaker and other presenters include, James Bennett (ABC Reporter) & Michelle Armstrong (Communications Consultant). Specifically tailored to meet the needs of the XC Ski community, this dynamic and interactive Workshop will give participants the skills and confidence to maximise media opportunities, deliver media interviews and help build the XC skiing brand as a ‘healthy sport for life with multiple pathways for athletes, coaches, officials and recreational skiers’.

Whether you are a national team athlete looking to share the media spotlight with other elite sportspeople or a race organiser; club official, school ski team wanting some local media coverage, there will be plenty to take home!

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