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AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL XC TEAM

Falls Creek is the official home of the Australian National Cross Country Ski team and training ground for the international athletes and Olympians it produces.

JUNE 2015 UPDATE

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.

News and updates from the Australian National Cross Country Team.
 
 
 
Falls Creek – Home of the Australian Cross Country Ski Team
 
Snow arrived in June with time to spare before the annual July team training camps at the Cross Country Skiing National Team Training Centre at Falls Creek. The Victorian Junior Squad was up first from June 30 to July 5, followed closely by the National Team from July 6-11. A number of school and club camps are also on in early July so there are always plenty of athletes out on the tracks. Of course National Team athletes will be training at Falls Creek all winter, the main difference with the training camps is that we have a larger pool of coaches available and more athletes due to school and university holidays.
 
Joining the National Team Training Centre coaching crew for this winter is Tom Smith from the USA, on loan from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Nordic Program. Tom will also be coaching with the local Birkebeiner Ski Club and the Victorian Junior Squad so will be kept pretty busy. Other coaches on camps will include JC Legras (National Strength & Conditioning Coach), Nick Grimmer (2014 World Junior/U23 Coach) and Allison Stoddart (National Coaching Director).
 
It was a big season overseas last year with a record four Australian cross country skiers competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as teams competing at World Junior Champs, U23 Champs, the Winter Universiade and on World Cup. There’s no messing around though, training is in full swing with all of these events on again in 2015 except for the Olympics which is replaced by the 2015 World Championship in Falun, Sweden.
 
The usual array of club races and state championships are on at Falls Creek in July, then there are two international events on consecutive weekends in August with the Australia – New Zealand Continental Cup / Australia Championship on August 16/17 and the Kangaroo Hoppet on August 23. It is early days but we expect to see a handful of elite international skiers out for those events and potentially training beforehand. 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 Ross Forrest and Geoff Sorensen, 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
News and updates from the Australian National Cross Country Team.
 
 
 
Falls Creek – Home of the Australian Cross Country Ski Team
 
Snow arrived in June with time to spare before the annual July team training camps at the Cross Country Skiing National Team Training Centre at Falls Creek. The Victorian Junior Squad was up first from June 30 to July 5, followed closely by the National Team from July 6-11. A number of school and club camps are also on in early July so there are always plenty of athletes out on the tracks. Of course National Team athletes will be training at Falls Creek all winter, the main difference with the training camps is that we have a larger pool of coaches available and more athletes due to school and university holidays.
 
Joining the National Team Training Centre coaching crew for this winter is Tom Smith from the USA, on loan from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Nordic Program. Tom will also be coaching with the local Birkebeiner Ski Club and the Victorian Junior Squad so will be kept pretty busy. Other coaches on camps will include JC Legras (National Strength & Conditioning Coach), Nick Grimmer (2014 World Junior/U23 Coach) and Allison Stoddart (National Coaching Director).
 
It was a big season overseas last year with a record four Australian cross country skiers competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as teams competing at World Junior Champs, U23 Champs, the Winter Universiade and on World Cup. There’s no messing around though, training is in full swing with all of these events on again in 2015 except for the Olympics which is replaced by the 2015 World Championship in Falun, Sweden.
 
The usual array of club races and state championships are on at Falls Creek in July, then there are two international events on consecutive weekends in August with the Australia – New Zealand Continental Cup / Australia Championship on August 16/17 and the Kangaroo Hoppet on August 23. It is early days but we expect to see a handful of elite international skiers out for those events and potentially training beforehand. 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 Ross Forrest and Geoff Sorensen, 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

 

 

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