April 13, 2021

CANCELLED – OK Cup and Crystal Globe Event – Saturday 21 March 2020

Sorry folks but the Okanagan Cup and Crystal Globe Event for this weekend is cancelled due to the current virus pandemic. You can still get out and ski, run, walk and even ride with your family. Just remember to practice your s o c i a l d i s t a n c i n g. And if you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

We will try to run a similar event in dryland conditions when the alert levels are lowered.

For now, stay healthy. If we each do our part, we can all get through this crisis.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Murray at 250-808-4511.


Sorry, but the Demo Day has been postponed. Please stay tuned for further details.

Please contact Murray Carlson if you have any questions. 250-808-4511

Telemark at BC Winter Games…plus CALFOREX success for Kira!

Well, well, well, what an amazing weekend it has been! Not only did our Telemark athletes have a successful Games alongside team mates from Thompson Okanagan, but they also had FUN doing so!

Plus, hot off the presses! Kira Friesen placed 3rd in the CALFOREX Super Sprint at Edmonton Nordic Centre. That is an awesome result in a strong field of competitors. Go Kira!

Kira on form! Well done!

At the BC Winter Games, podium placings for the Zone’s Biathlon contingent were: Boys Sprint Timur 3rd, Girls Relay (Camille and Isabella) 2nd, Boys Relay (Timur and Luca) 2nd, Boys Individual Timur 3rd. Special mention goes to Catherine who competed in a mixed zone two-person relay and got 1st place! Way to go everyone!

Telemark’s Cross Country skiers on the Thompson Okanagan team also fared well at the Games with athletes Sofie Steinruck 3rd in Juvenile Girls Classic Technique, Nathan Achtem 2nd in Juvenile Boys Classic Technique and Finn Redman 3rd in Midget Boys Sprint Free Technique. Plus, Nathan, Sofie and Finn joined Ruby Serrouya from Revelstoke in the 4x2km relay team to take Gold for Thompson Okanagan! Well done!

That is one creative ice sculpture!
Camille confers with Coach John during Zero.
Catherine at full gas on course!
Timur (far left) and Luca (second from left) strike Silver for Thompson Okanagan!
Isabella (far left) and Camille (second from left) score Silver for the Zone!
Thompson Okanagan Biathlon athletes. L-R. Catherine Delury Robinson, Luca Ariano,
Timur McNern, Camille Hanry and Isabella Pighin

Congratulations to all our athletes wherever they are: racing in Alberta, competing at these Games and putting in the training hours right here at home. Special thanks to parents and coaches. High-fives to Coaches John McNern and Liz Ariano for their outstanding work to keep the athletes focused and ahead of the power curve. Special thanks to Scott Hanry who was Chief of Range, wax tech and emotional support! Hoorah!

Telemark goes to Washington – Son of a Gun Expedition!

After years of being invited, but never having the same schedule or correct US rifle permits, we finally accepted Betsy Devin-Smith’s invitation to compete at scenic Methow Valley in Washington. 

Members of the Telemark Biathlon Program enjoyed a weekend of skiing through some amazing trails and beautiful vistas. The Biathlon range, located at the Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop certainly did not disappoint. We even brought home some new hardware from the annual Son of a Gun race: Timur 1st, Alex 3rd, Oliver 1st, Kira 2nd and Steve 2nd. Thank you Betsy and the whole Methow gang for hosting us! We hope to be back there next year!

Most of the gang at Liberty Bell school.
Nice form Oliver!
Like coiled springs being released. Kira exploding out of the start gate. Oliver on deck.
Pure grit. Go Tamiris!

Telemark’s Contingent of athletes and coaches is ready to Rock the BC Winter Games

Ten youth athletes from our Club were awarded spots to compete and represent the Okanagan Zone at the BC Winter Games, taking place in Fort St. John, Feb 20-24, 2020. Seven athletes are from the Cross Country Ski Race program and three are from the Biathlon Program.

L-R: Camille Hanry, Catherine Robinson, Timur McNern, and
Okanagan Zone Rep and Coach John McNern
A group of people standing in the snow

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Telemark Nordic Club’s BC Winter Games Contingent L-R: Catherine Robinson Camille Hanry, Sofie Steinruck, Justin Siever   Evan Edwards, Finn Redman, Alessia Galvagno,  Nathan Achtem,  Timur McNern, Coach Kyle Hawes. Missing from this photo Jacob Miller, Coach Michele Wolfe, Coach John McNern

Go Telemark!

Watch for updates on the Games! https://www.bcgames.org/Games/Results-and-Participant-Lists

2020 Pacific Sport Community Sport Awards and Presentation of BC Winter Games Delegation

The Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna was packed to the rafters with athletes, coaches and parents…brothers and sisters in Sport for an evening of award presentations, funny anecdotes and inspirational speakers. Our delegation of Biathlon members brought along their loud cheers and even cow bells to ring in the award recipients comme il se doit!

Sport Hero Award Recipients included:

Devin Rubadeau – Sailing, Marc Bowles – Multisport, Celeste Bazzana and Barbara Dieno – Bocce, Ron Koch – BMX racing, Phil von Unruh – Ice Hockey and Special Olympics, Guy Posella – Baseball, Leana Marton – Rugby, Darcy Rysz – Baseball, Cathie Pavlik – Field Hockey and Multisport…and Murray Carlson. Yay! Go Murray!

Athletic Excellence Awards went to:

Emma Cannan – Athletics, Ashley McMillan – Swimming, Logan Leach – Para Alpine Skiing, Brayden Kuroda – Freestyle Skiing, Brock Hoel – Triathlon, Anne Cherkowski – Ice Hockey, Reece Howden – Ski Cross, Hanna Hartwick – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…and our very own Kira Friesen. Way to go Kira!

The Sport Hosting Award was presented to the Kelowna Skating Club.

We were all privileged to take in an inspirational address by Curt Minard, the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony. Curt is an accomplished Para-Olympian snowboarder from the Okanagan with multiple podiums across world snowboarding and hockey circuits.

Congratulations Kira!
Bravo Zulu Murray!
Sport Hero and Sport Excellence Award recipients
What a great evening.
Most of the Biathlon Crew following the ceremony!

The BC Winter Games will kick off in Fort St John from Feb 20-23. The Okanagan athletes present were called up on the stage. Athletes from Telemark Nordic Club going to BC Winter Games are:

For Telemark Biathlon: Catherine Robinson, Camille Hanry and Timur McNern. John McNern is the Biathlon Zone 2 Rep and Coach.

For Telemark XC: Finn Redman, Nathan Achtem, Evan Edwards, Justin Siever, Jacob Miller, Alessia Galvagno and Sofie Steinruck. Michele Wolfe is the Zone 2 Rep and Kyle Hawes is Assistant Coach.

Athletes going to BC Winter Games were honoured at the Awards ceremony!

Congratulations to all! Thank you Pacific Sport Okanagan and sponsors!

Telemark Biathlon Mid-Season Update

The Telemark Biathlon team has participated in 2 of the 4 BC cups so far this season with outstanding results across the board from bears to masters! 

BC Cup 1 at Sovereign Lake 14-15 December. We had a record number of Telemark Nordic Club biathletes participating! The results for the Sprint races were as follows:

Novice: Madeleine Carroll 6th, William Bertrand 8th, Eloïse Akins 9th, Allie Bridge 10th, Tamiris McNern 11th, Elliot Bird 14th

Juveniles: Jasmine Hanry 5th, Tyler Lum 6th, Mika Aaserud 9th, Rowan Bird 12th, Tayte Proulx-Royds 13th, Sophie Bertrand 14th

Recreational 2: Seth Proulx-Royds 2nd, Jacob Piche 4th

Junior Boys: Timur McNern 1st

Junior Girls: Camille Hanry 10th, Catherine Robinson 12th

Senior Boys: Alex Rozek 11th

Youth Women: Kira Friesen 1st

Junior Men: Oliver Grenier 2nd

Masters Men: Steve Fenning 7th, John McNern 11th

Our amazing athletes posted the following finishes in the Pursuit races on Sunday:

Novice: William Bertrand 6th,  Madeleine Carroll 7th,  Elliot Bird 12th, Eloïse Akins 13th, Tamiris McNern 14th

Juveniles:  Jasmine Hanry 5th,  Mika Aaserud 6th, Tyler Lum 7th, Sophie Bertrand 12th, Tayte Proulx-Royds 13th, Rowan Bird 14th 

Recreation 2: Seth Proulx-Royds 2nd, Lucy Winkler 5th

Junior Boys: Timur McNern 2nd

Junior Girls: Camille Hanry 5th, Catherine Robinson 11th

Senior Boys: Alex Rozek 15th

Youth Women: Kira Friesen 1st

Junior Men: Oliver Grenier 2nd

Masters Men: Steve Fenning 7th, John McNern 8th

Anticipation and excitement builds in the start chute
Our fearless leader. Thanks Chris!
Sovereign Lake smiles!

For the January 25th-26th weekend, members of the team braved the 8-hour drive to Prince George to compete in BC Cup #2. The race had been rescheduled following the deep freeze in early January.

In Saturday’s Individual races, Telemark had the following finishes and podiums:

Novice: Tamiris McNern 6th

Juvenile: Jasmine Hanry 2nd

Junior Boys Timur McNern 2nd

Junior Girl: Camille Hanry 8th

Senior Boys: Alex Rozek 9th, Enzo Fershau 14th

Junior Men: Oliver Grenier 4th

Youth Women: Kira Friesen 1st

Masters: Steve Fenning 4th, John McNern 5th

Sunday’s Pursuit races were just as exciting, netting the following results:

Novice: Tamiris McNern 8th

Juvenile: Jasmine Hanry 1st

Junior Boys: Timur McNern 2nd

Junior Girl: Camille Hanry 3rd

Senior Boys: Alex Rozek 13th

Junior Men: Oliver Grenier 3rd

Youth Women: Kira Friesen 2nd

Masters: Steve Fenning 4th, John McNern 5th

…and it’s Jasmine for the WIN!
Camille bringing home some metal!

Congratulations to all! Thank you parents and coaches! Telemark athletes will participate in the Son of a Gun race in the Methow Valley, WA on February 8th. After the expedition to Washington USA, athletes will travel to Mount Washington on Vancouver Island at the end of February for BC Cup 4.

Shoot Clean, Ski Fast!

Telemark’s Biathlon Athletes train for the first Biathlon BC Cup of the Winter!

You’ll see plenty of activity these days up at the range. This year’s crop of Biathlon athletes are getting those first few range practices on snow prior to next weekend’s Biathlon BC Cup at Sovereign Lake.

The old reliable Fence Loop. These Biathlon Bears know the various loops by heart!
Happiness is a full range! T2T athletes Catherine (bottom) and Camille (second from bottom) join the Bears for range drills in preparation for Biathlon BC Cup #1. Plus thanks for your help Catherine and Camille!
Nice to finally strap on the boards at Telemark!
That is one happy bunch of Bears!

Special Congratulations go out to Bears: Mika, Tyler and Lucy as well as parents and Masters: Magnus, Terry, Karl, Dan, Michele and Leslie. These participants have successfully completed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course! Well done everyone!

Jac-O-Lantern Event a Pumpkin Smashing Success!

Dozens were out to watch and participate in the Jac-O-Lantern shoot on Saturday morning. Smiles all round!

Nice haul of pumpkins!
Checking out the pumpkins down range.
Participants got to shoot at pumpkins and our regular Biathlon targets.

4th Annual Jac-O-Lantern Shoot – Saturday 2 November

Hey there Biathlon enthusiasts. Are you trembling with excitement as Halloween approaches? Once you’ve counted and safely stashed your haul of goodies, keep the excitement going with a fun range session on Saturday 2 November. Save your Jac-O-Lantern for the range! Come join us for the annual Telemark Biathlon Jac-O-Lantern shoot! In addition to the entire Biathlon Bears crew, this year we’ve invited the Track Attack Nordic group to participate. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday 2 November

8:30 – Bring your Jac-O-Lantern to the range along with a garbage bag to collect your pumpkin after the shoot. Set up your pumpkin and help set up the range.

8:45 – Finish off admin paperwork for visitors.

9:00 – Safety briefing and shooting lane assignments.

9:15 – Range is opened and shooting begins. Everyone gets 3 magazines. You can shoot at your pumpkin, another person’s pumpkin or the regular metal targets.

9:45 – Range is closed. We can all go down-range to where the pumpkins are and admire your shooting prowess.

10:00 – Track attackers head out on a Trail run.

For parents, please help out with the Telemark work party over at the Main Lodge.

Most of the Biathlon Bears Crew from last year!
Was this really 2016?! I recognize many of the usual suspects…:)

Call Murray Carlson at 250-808-4511 with any questions!

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