With early snow and tracks groomed on the McKay Loop by June 2nd great expectations abound for the 2015 winter. Though some athletes have already been on snow, the rest of the National Team will head to the Falls Creek National Training Centre later this month for the first on-snow camp beginning on June 28.
A new development this year is a formal partnership between the National Team and the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre that will see new coaching services available through the Ski School and more coaches on snow throughout the winter. YMCA Howmans Gap has long been a supporter of individual National Team athletes, providing accommodation and employment, now this is extending to coaches as well.
Our international coaching import this winter is Kein Einaste from Estonia, better known amongst Australian skiers as a sprinter on the World Cup circuit. Also an accomplished coach, Kein will be working alongside Robert Jones, who lead the AUSXC Junior Development Tour to Canada over the summer, and National Strength & Conditioning Coach JC Legras who was with the Australian Team at the 2015 World Championship in Sweden.
Racing kicks off at Falls Creek in July with two weekends of club events before the Victorian Junior Championship on July 18/19. Things step up to the National level in August with the Australian Junior Championships on August 1/2, which also count as selection events for the 2016 World Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Combined Continental Cup and Australian Championships take place on August 15/16, with the Kangaroo Hoppet as usual the season highlight on August 22. Competitions of all levels start and finish in front of the Jack Heberle Race Hut in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl so head there on weekends to see some racing action.
When out on the trails give a big wave to the Falls Creek groomers who are doing their best to ensure that the tracks are in good shape. For the latest information on snow and trail conditions via social media look for the tags #fallscreeksnow and #fallsxc tags, and for national team training and racing information follow the team at @ausxc or head to www.ausxc.com.au
Finn Marsland, Head Coach Australian National Team