2014 Australian Race Calendar

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has just released the 2014 Australian Race Calendar.

There are several key changes for this year. To read more about these changes and the reasons behind them please click here.


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Bush Search and Rescue Annual Training 3-4 May 2014

Information for Members & Potential Members

The weekend will provide Bush Search & Rescue (BSAR) members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush search and rescue with BSAR.  The program is designed to be active and hands-on for all participants.

Training will include a full search exercise, a GPS rogaine and workshops.

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Falls Creek XC Ski Trails Working Bee Weekend 17-18 May 2014

Help make Falls Creek’s great Cross-country ski trails even better.

General maintenance and development of ski trails will be undertaken in consultation with Ben Derrick from Falls Creek Resort Management and Parks Victoria.

Information about specific jobs will be provided before the event.

A BBQ lunch will be provided by Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club on both days. BNSC will also have a Clubhouse working bee on the Sunday (18th May).

Low cost accommodation may be available in Mount Beauty and Tawonga South for Friday and Saturday nights. 

Please contact Jim Gargan at gargan@internode.on.net if you can help out.

Please let Jim know if you can make it for all or any of the weekend. Any information about special skills or specialist tools appreciated (e.g. have chainsaw and can use, brushcutter, power trimmer on pole, trailer, heavy duty mower, etc.)

Hope to see you there.
Jim Gargan

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XC Ski Coach – Level 0 Course (dryland training)

Click this link to take you directly to the Online Registration — Level O Coaching Course (dryland training)

Level O Coaching Course


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Sochi Olympics XC Sprint – Mt Beauty TV viewing

Birkebeiner  members Esther Bottomley and Phillip Bellingham will compete in the Cross Country Sprints at the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia on the evening of Tuesday 11 Feb (Australian time).

The coverage will be on Sochi 2 (iOS (iPad) and Android) and starts at 8:50pm DST for the Sprint Qualifications with the Finals from 10:50pm.

The events will be shown on a big screen at the air-conditioned Auditorium next to the Mt Beauty Information Centre from 8pm. (There will be a replay of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Women’s Sprint prior to this year’s event.)

There are plenty of chairs and tables and there will be tea and coffee but everything else is up to you.

Hope you can make it. It will be a great social evening.

How to Watch Sochi 2014

Don’t miss a second of Network Ten’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Download the Sochi 2014 on TEN Official App for iOS (iPad & iPhone) and Android

The app is free to download, data rates do apply for devices streaming via 3G or 4G. Watching via WiFi is the way to go. The app is optimised for both smartphones and tablets.


Watch live video coverage on your device – wherever you are
• Switch between up to eight simultaneous live streams
Replay live coverage so you don’t  miss any of the live action
• Live data, statistics, medal tally and athlete and event information
• Is all totally free of charge (data rates apply to mobile devices on 3G and 4G)
• Full catch-up on all events and highlights packages from Sochi

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Level 1 – Sports Trainer (training opportunity in NE Vic)

NE Sport & Rec Clubs - Level 1 Sports Trainer Course OpportunitiesLevel 1 Sports Trainer Course Criteria (Click Continue reading ➔)

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Congratulations Esther and Phillip — Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics

Birkebeiner has another two representatives at a Winter Olympic Games. Yesterday Esther Bottomley and Philip Bellingham were named to the Winter Olympic Team to compete in Sochi, Russia 7-23 February 2014.

This will be Phillip’s first Olympics, and Esther’s third, having competed in 2006 at Torino, Italy and in 2010 at Vancouver, Canada.

Congratulations to Finn Marsland, club member and High Performance Manager and Coach who will be coaching at Sochi. This will be Finn’s third Winter Olympics having also coached at Torino and Vancouver.

The club is very proud of their achievement and we wish them every success in Sochi. They join the following club members who have represented Australia at past Olympics:

  • Chris Heberle (1988 Calgary, Canada)
  • Paul Gray (1992 Albertville, France, and 1998 Nagano, Japan)
  • Mark Gray (1994 Lillehammer, Norway)
  • Paul Murray (2006 Torino and 2010 Vancouver)

Click on the following link for further information:

<http://sochi2014.olympics.com.au/news/australia-s-biggest-winter-team-ready-for-sochi> Then on that page, click  “Cross Country athletes carve their slice of history | Team Selection”

See below for Australia’s full team of 56 athletes (all disciplines)

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