October 20, 2019

Firearms Safety Course Offered in West Kelowna – Get your PAL!

Hey there folks. Have you been wondering how to get your firearms Procurement and Acquisition License (PAL)? Well, here is an interesting course offering that is an essential qualification for anyone involved with Biathlon. Completing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course leads to you being issued a PAL. As a parent please consider getting this license. If your child is keen on pursuing Biathlon then a Minor’s PAL would be indicated as well. The minimum age to get a Minor’s PAL is 12 years old.

Thanks to Scott Hanry for getting the word out about this course serial.

Steve Holmes is putting on a PAL course for Non-Restricted firearms (that is the Biathlon rifle category) in West Kelowna on October 5 and 6. If you are interested please contact gunmansteve@hotmail.com

Team Telemark Triathlon (TTT) is A Thunderous Success

This evening 3 September we held an amazing fun Triathlon at the Gellatly Nut Farm beach and park area. Team Telemark Nordic and Biathlon coaches, parents and athletes joined forces to churn through the waters of the mighty Okanagan, to roller-ski and run together. It was great to see all of our Telemark athletes from Biathlon Bears and L2T participants to National U20 team members socializing and laughing together in this friendly and fun event.

The brewing storm held off just long enough to get everyone through before Mother Nature had her say in the proceedings.

Go Mika!
Go Tayte!
Allie and Eloïse sprinting for the finish! Great push for the line and smiles to boot.

Well done to everyone! Many thanks to Coaches Adam Elliot and Chris Halldorson and our Club GM Mike Edwards. This event was our kick-off for Fall training and for the lead up to a long and lustrous winter.

PS. I had more pictures but my phone is so old that many did not turn out. 🙁

Biathlon Bears Day Camp, BBQ and Range Work Party

This morning Bears athletes participated in a fun training session with head coach Chris Halldorson. Chris introduced roller skiing to everyone. Some older athletes were also on hand to participate and help out. Check out some of the action!

L-R Tyler, Charlie, Catherine, Camille, Jasmine, Tamiris, Maddi and Chris at Chris’ introductory roller ski session.
Chris explaining the finer points of skiing on pavement.
Go Charlie!

Following the roller skiing session we all moved to the range for the remainder of the morning.

How does Chris think up all of these fun range drills!? It was smiles all round:)

At the end of the range practice wrap up we all enjoyed a BBQ! Thank you Alison for setting everything up!

We finished with some painting to round off our range preparations for the year. Many thanks to Steve Fenning for organizing the work party. Our range is in good shape for another Telemark winter wonderland!

Good work! The range structure is ready for many more years of service. Thanks!
Michelle, Terry, Mellissa and Ben for the Win!

Thanks everyone for joining in the fun at the Bears Day Camp, BBQ and Range Work Party.

Tree Planting for the Future

The 2019 Telemark tree planting campaign is in the books. Biathlon was well represented with 11 planters on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Carson MacKenzie and Damon Lawrence from Ntityix Resources guided the flock of eager planters from Nordic and Biathlon programs in this year’s planting extravaganza. Carson even planted some trees for us. Thanks Carson!

Guess what!? Biathlon planted a lot of trees over the course of the weekend, helping out nature a bit with some fresh growth. 1,825 was the final tally for Biathlon. What a great workout too! We even drove past last year’s planting site which is coming in nicely already. The funds raised for Biathlon came to $456.25. Thank you Carson, Kira, Shayne, Rob, Enzo, Steve, Murray, Magnus, Mika, Terry and Tyler.

Thank you Ntityix Resources for this opportunity. Thanks also to the Nordic program chair David Urness for setting up the signup sheets for all. It was a pleasure to work alongside our brothers and sisters from the Nordic program.

Smiles all round. Of course this is the before picture. ha ha!
The Sunday crew L-R Tim, Tristan, Steve (background), Ian, Clayton, Murray and Carson
Pausing for a pic. Sunday was a beautiful day. Saturday too. Cool temps, no bugs and a light breeze.

If you missed out on tree planting, do not despair. We will hold a grocery bagging event at the West Kelowna Superstore on 27 July. More news to follow on the grocery fundraiser so stay tuned!

Cycling Adventure PLUS Barbeque Picnic – Sunday 9 June. Come one come all!

What: BBQ Pot Luck at Rozek’s home. Iva and Thomas have graciously offered their yard and home to hold a picnic!

Check out volunteer signup to check off what you are bringing. Choices are very basic: Meat, Salad/Veggie, dessert and refreshments. Please note, we are going to go ‘dry’ for this event.

Sign up here!

Bring along some folding chairs and garden games (petanques, frisbee, hackysack) if you have some.

For the brave, bring swim suits.

We’ll also conduct a cycling adventure for any and all participants. More information below!

Who: All Biathlon families from young Bears to our elite athletes and even Grandpas like me!

When:  Sunday 9 June. Timings are:

0900 – For cyclists, drop off coolers and crock-pots at the Rozek’s home (address is 679 Pimlico Road, Kelowna)

1000 – For the cyclists, meet at the Myra Station parking lot with your bicycles, helmets, gloves, water and sunscreen. We’ll hit the trail at 1005.

1200 – all riders back at the Myra parking lot

1300 – BBQ at the Rozek home begins. For those who do not want the cycling adventure just show up at the Rozek’s shortly before 1300 and we’ll get the BBQ rolling.

Games, trips to the beach, relax!

Where: Myra Station on the KVR. Here’s the map!

Food drop off and BBQ location. The Rozek home is at 679 Pimlico Road in Kelowna

Why: Why not?

John McNern conquers the KVR…again. This time Myra to Penticton.
Murray Carlson at the Bellevue trestle on the way to Penticton. Bring it! Needed snow treads.

Questions to Murray at 250-808-4511 or Thomas at: 778-477-4721

Kira Friesen makes the Under 20 – National Development Team

Hold the Presses! Kira Friesen has been selected to the U20 National Team. With her focus and commitment to excellence, many of us have watched as Kira has grown steadily in fitness and marksmanship through the years. This past Winter really was a breakout season for her, with consistently outstanding results on the trails and at the range. All of these aspects make Kira’s selection to the National Team a natural progression for this truly outstanding athlete and person. We are all so proud of you Kira!

Here is the official announcement!http://biathloncanada.ca/latest-news/biathlon-canada-announces-national-training-teams-for-2019-2020-season/

Post race posing. Way to go Kira!
Kira at the range. Go Kira. Go Telemark!
Kira practicing at the range this past January….ah,ha. Just kidding. It was February. 🙂

Range Maintenance and Improvements PLUS Tree Planting

Steve and Murray were up at the range today. Steve installed a new storage system for the Course markers while Murray installed the cup dispenser for the water fountain – fountain, cups and dispenser provided by Culligan Water (thanks Karmen!).

The boys even cleaned up the brass at the firing points. With the snow freshly melted, it was pretty clean brass too, so we might even get a few shekels for it. More to follow!

Clean, clean, clean! There was enough brass to make a Trombone.

Don’t forget to sign up for Tree Planting. 25 or 26 May are the dates. You can register right here. http://volunteersignup.org/R998F

More details to follow. Tree planting will be the first fundraiser of our new fiscal year. Come out to plant trees for the future while raising some cash for Biathlon.

Nice job Steve!

Telemark Biathlon Thanks Sponsors and Supporters!

Telemark’s Biathlon programs are volunteer-driven and athlete-focused for all ages and abilities. We are just that excited about the amazing sport of Biathlon! Looking back on the year, we have achieved so much. Our Recreational programs for Youth and for the Young-at-Heart grew by 36% and over 200% respectively! Our more intense high performance programs thrived as well with numerous podiums and Personal Bests throughout the season. Highlights include Relay Bronze for Natalie Benoit at Canada Winter Games, a full suite of medals for Timur McNern at International Children’s Games in Lake Placid, New York and another full suite of medals including double Gold for Kira Friesen at Nationals in Whistler BC! Congratulations to ALL our athletes!

Even our fine Telemark facilities have improved significantly with the installation of a propane furnace in the beloved Fort.

How can all of this happen, you might well ask? Our sponsors and kind donations whether in-kind or in cold hard cash really go a long way to supplementing the efforts of outstanding fundraising champions and enthusiastic volunteers within the ranks of our membership.

So this is a shout-out to our many sponsors and contributing organizations:

First, the Sponsors for Telemark’s annual raffle draw were so kind and generous. Total amount raised at Telemark was $7500! Of the total amount, Biathlon athletes and families raised $2500! That’s an incredible feat! The money raised by Biathlon athletes and families goes straight to funding Biathlon’s exciting programs. Here are the amazing raffle prize sponsors. Thank You!

Fresh Air Experience / Kelowna Paddle Centre / Ecoscape / Waterfront Wines Restaurant / Silver Star / Taylor’s Antiques / Petro Canada / IFM Therapy and Performance / One Life Health and Wellness / Ships Ahoy / Johnson Bentley Aquatic Centre.

Now, other sponsors who’ve also been steadfast and enthusiastic in their support throughout the year!

Kelowna Cycle. Main sponsor for the Biathlon BC Championships.
Event Door Prizes and $500 donation.
Event announcer Shayne Friesen (left of frame) at the Kelowna Cycle tent. Hi Shayne!
Richard MacKenzie (left) shown here presenting a cheque for $300 from
The West Kelowna Volunteer Firefighters Association to Ken Ransom, Biathlon BC Championships Chief of Competition.
Fortis BC’s 2018 donation of $300 for the Fort generator door replacement. Donation secured through Steve Fenning. Thanks Steve!
Most of the installation crew. L-R Jeff Grenier, Oliver Grenier, Steve Fenning, Rob Fershau
Fortis BC’s 2019 donation of $300 for the new Range Rules Sign. Steve Fenning (right) presenting the cheque to Biathlon Committee Chair, Murray Carlson.
Culligan Water Services for their kind donation of a water cooler and accessories. Now that the Fort is heated, no more frozen water bottles through those long Winters! Donation secured by Karmen Platt. Thank you Karmen!

We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to: Hainle Winery-Peachland, Grizzli Winery-West Kelowna, Serendipity Winery-Naramata, Weber & Markin Gunsmiths -Kelowna, Save-on-Foods, Nature’s Fare and Canada’s Superstore for their generous donations!


Biathlon News! Telemark Athletes Shine at Nationals

Telemark Biathlon athletes Kira Friesen and Natalie Benoit are soaring at the Canadian Biathlon Championships in Whistler BC this week. Friesen and Benoit have each qualified to compete at Nationals having achieved outstanding results this Winter in sanctioned Biathlon races, including the Biathlon BC Cup #5, which was held right here at Telemark Nordic Club.

So far at Nationals this week, the Sprint and Individual competitions have been held with Natalie collecting a 10th and 7th place respectively in a field of 25 Youth Women from across Canada. Kira, who is racing a field of 20 Senior Girls has racked up a Bronze medal in the Sprint and added an impressive Silver in the Individual competition yesterday. Congratulations!

Today, (Friday 29 March) is a training day. Both Natalie and Kira report they are having a blast with the other athletes. There are many activities and always plenty of training to do as well. The weather is warm with sunscreen being de rigueur! Check out the Whistler weather here.

More racing is on tap tomorrow Saturday 30 March with the always exciting Pursuit format. Watch for Natalie wearing bib #71 in the morning and Kira wearing bib#128 in the afternoon. Relays will go Sunday 31 March. Results are posted here.

Go Telemark! Shoot clean, ski fast!

Senior Girls Sprint medalists L-R: Silver-Danika Burke (AB), Gold-Pauline Grandbois (QC), Bronze-Kira Friesen (BC)
Natalie Benoit shown here churning up the snow with her ski speed and power!
Kira Friesen powering up this hill to a Silver medal in the 7.5Km Senior Girls Individual Competition on 28 March 2019.
Senior Girls Individual medalists L-R: Gold-Pauline Grandbois (QC), Silver-Kira Friesen (BC), Bronze-Ema Chlepkova (AB)

First Annual Crystal Globe Competition is held at Telemark Nordic Club

The cherished crystal torch was secured by Timur, yesterday 27 March 2019 in the First Annual Crystal Globe competition held at Telemark Nordic Club Biathlon range. Emerging from Scandinavian antiquity, the Crystal Globe has fascinated and intrigued as a symbol of Biathlon excellence.

Thanks to all for pitching in for the post competition feast. Much appreciation to John for setting up and running the competition and a big thank you to Tamiris for being the official starter and photographer, capturing all of the exciting action! Finally, kudos to all the racers:

1st Timur, 2nd Enzo, 3rd Steve, 4th Rob and 5th Murray!

The Crystal Globe crew
At the start line with Tamiris holding aloft the cherished Crystal Globe
Rob (left) and Enzo (right) dueling at the firing points.
Relaxing At the feast following the competition. L-R Enzo, Tamiris and Timur