October 20, 2020

October 11 Turkey TT Results

Great effort to everyone who came out for our Pre-Thanksgiving dinner time trial. Results from the time Trial are below!

Updated Return to Sport Plan

Hi Everyone, We have updated our return to sport plan. Details are below. Please review the plan and ask coach Chris if you have any questions.

Telemark Biathlon RETURN TO SPORT PHASE 3 & COVID-19 GENERAL RULES

For all individuals participating in biathlon (training, workshops, office work, etc.), if you choose to participate, you must follow these rules:

  1. If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  2. If you have traveled outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
  3. If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  4. Wash your hands before participating.
  5. Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer.
  6. Do not share food or beverages.
  7. Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.
  8. Leave the field of play or facility as quickly as possible after you finish.

Furthermore:

  1. All individuals must have a current Biathlon BC membership.
  2. All individuals have signed a Participant Agreement acknowledging their acceptance of the risks. 
  3. All individuals must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment, (e.g. using this online self-assessment tool), on a daily basis before arriving.
  4. Coaches and administrators must be familiar with the Illness Policy.
  5. Consider your own risk.  If you are at higher risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19, consider limiting or avoiding participation for the time being.
  6. If you start to feel mildly ill while participating, inform the person in charge (e.g., coach), sanitize your hands, go straight home, and complete a COVID-19 self-assessment.  If severely ill (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain) have the person call 911.  (And that person should ensure the cleaning and disinfecting of any surfaces that you have come into contact with.) 
  7. If you have any health and safety concerns, inform the person in charge and/or the Biathlon BC office administrator

First Aid

In the event that first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.  WorkSafe BC has provided a guide for employers and Occupational First Aid Attendants to follow. First aid protocols for an unresponsive person during COVID-19 have been developed by the Canadian Red Cross. The first aid kit is located in the Fort.

Outbreak Plan

If any individual reports they are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and have been at the workplace/activity place, inform the Coach and/or Biathlon BC office administrator.  They will then execute the following Outbreak Procedure provided by viaSport BC.

  1. Immediately shut down all club activities.
  2. Club officials must notify Interior Health and Biathlon BC immediately.
  3. All club members and program participants must be notified of the outbreak and agree to follow the direction from Public Health Officials.

Phase 3 Group Training Cohorts

Telemark biathlon will form cohorts among our programs to ensure that there is minimal contact between individuals, while at the same time allowing for more realistic biathlon training to occur. During specific practice activities, 2m physical distancing will not be mandatory, however coaches should strive to plan activities to maintain 2m distance between participants as much as possible.

Warming huts, wax rooms, changing rooms and team vans are examples that not considered part of practice activities because participants are not at these locations while performing sport specific activities. If 2m physical distancing can’t be maintained during these non-sport specific activities, masks should be worn. Telemark biathlon cohorts may include up to 100 people, although only 50 people may be present at one time.

Phase 3 Telemark Group Training Cohorts

  • Coaches should still plan to minimize contact during designated practice activities.
  • Athletes within cohorts are still required 2m physical distancing outside of designated practice activities.
  • Telemark Biathlon programs will be composed of the following cohorts:
    • Biathlon Advanced (Learn to Compete) program registrants
    • Biathlon Development (Train to Train) program registrants
    • Biathlon Bears (all bears) program registrants
    • Recreation Biathlon Registrants

Phase 3 Group Training Protocols (non-range activities)

  1. In addition to below, comply with above General Rules.  
  2. Coaches are to remind all participants of the rules at the beginning of each day.
  3. Outdoor activities are best, and are structured so physical distancing of 2m is maintained.
  4. Sanitation supplies are available as needed, or participants are informed if they are required to bring their own. 
  5. The maximum group size is 50, but realistically needs to be smaller for effective/safe group training.
  6. A record of participants is maintained.
  7. If indoor facilities are used (e.g., gym), follow all additional facility directives in place.
  8. Sharing equipment is to be avoided.  If exercise equipment must be shared (e.g., training surfaces, balls, weights etc.), it should only be done within a cohort. 
  9. Any shared equipment must be cleaned/disinfected at the end of each practice, or if used by a different cohort.  
  10. Group transportation (e.g. Car Shuttles) is permitted provided everyone in the vehicle wears a face mask.
  11. Masks and gloves are available in case first-aid is required.  Coaches have trained themselves on the proper use of masks.  
  12. Coaches should ensure adequate supervision so that rules are followed, with reminders as needed.
  13. Any training camps should comply with Biathlon BC’s Phase 3 Training Camp Protocols.
  14. Any travel to away events (races, camps etc.), should Comply with Biathlon BC’s Phase 3 Travel Protocols.

Phase 3 Group Training Protocols (range activities)

  1. In addition to below, comply with above General Rules.  
  2. In addition to below, comply with above Phase 3 Group Training (non – range activities) Protocols.
  3. Shooting mats, lanes, target reset boxes/ropes and rifle racks may be shared within cohorts. This equipment must be cleaned/disinfected after each session, and before use by a different cohort. Individuals may choose not to share racks/mats.
  4. Equipment that touches an individual’s face such as spotting scopes and rifles is assigned to one individual for the duration of a session. This equipment must be cleaned/disinfected at the end of a session, or before a different individual is permitted to use it. 
  5. Designated times for set-up and teardown should be implemented as necessary to avoid groups or cohorts from overlapping.
  6. These recommendations also apply to any dryfiring activities.

Phase 3 Training Facilities/Operations Protocols

  1. All Telemark Nordic Club’s protocols for use of the facilities (e.g.: clubhouses, shooting ranges, equipment rooms, flex rooms, wax rooms, washrooms etc.) are followed. 
  2. Physical distancing (2m) must remain in place at all times within the facility. If this is not possible, masks should be worn.
  3. The Fort must have COVID-19 safety protocol signage in place.
  4. Masks must be worn inside the Fort if more than 1 person is inside.
  5. Only 1 person at a time is allowed in the Shed and Hut.
  6. All common touchpoints in the Fort, Shed and Hut (e.g., door handles, light switches, workstations etc.) are disinfected after each practice.
  7. Cleaning frequency is documented in a log.
  8. Hand sanitizer stations are provided for participants in multiple locations.
  9. Group sizes do not exceed 50 individuals.
  10. Communal sitting areas are avoided or sanitized between uses.

All club activities abide by local directives, including, but not limited to AGMs, Board Meetings, fundraisers, facility rentals and events

ILLNESS POLICY

In this policy, “Team member” includes an employee, coach, volunteer, participant or parent/spectator. 

  1. Inform an individual in a position of authority (e.g., coach) immediately if, you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.  
  2. Assessment
    1. Team members must complete the online self-assessment tool each morning before their activity to attest that they are not feeling any of the COVID 19 symptoms.
    2. Coaches/Managers may visually monitor team members to assess any early warning signs as to the status of their health and to touch base on how they are regarding their personal safety throughout the activity.
  3. If a Team Member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms
    1. They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
    2. If they feel sick and /or are showing symptoms during the activity, they should be sent home immediately and contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.
    3. No Team Member may participate in an activity if they are symptomatic. 
  4. If a Team Member tests positive for COVID-19
    1. Follow the directions of Public Health Officials.
  5. If a Team Member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Test
    1. Follow the directions of Public Health Officials.
  6. Quarantine or Self-Isolate if:
    1. You have travelled outside of Canada or the province within the last 14 days.
    2. You have come into close contact with someone who has tested (+) for COVID-19.
    3. You have been advised to do so by Public Health Officials.

Telemark Nordic Club will host an NCCP Biathlon Community Silver Coaching workshop

Telemark is pleased to offer an NCCP Biathlon Community Coaching Silver course. The Silver coaching course provides practical, sport-specific, technical information required to help new coaches help run club practices for community (recreational) and development (e.g.: Biathlon Bears) programs.

Where:  

Telemark Nordic Club, 4425 Glenrosa Road, West Kelowna BC V4T 1V9

Glenrosa Middle School, 2974 Glen Abbey Pl, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2N1

When

Saturday Nov 7 – 8:30-18:30

Who:  

This course is designed to help train new coaches in order to help run club-based biathlon programs. No experience previous experience racing, participating or coaching biathlon is required. Parents, supporters and athletes who will be coaching biathlon are strongly encouraged to enroll!

Description:

This course will split time been a classroom-based setting and “in the field” technical instruction. The classroom portion will be conducted in the Telemark Nordic Club main lodge. Shooting technique instruction will take place at the Telemark Biathlon Range, and ski technique instruction will take place at Glenrosa Middle School.

Important:

  1. All registrants must be members of Biathlon Canada.
    1. Registration can be completed here: http://biathloncanada.ca/membership/
  2. All registrants must be 14 years or older
  3. Electronic course materials will be provided. A laptop or print-out should be brought to the course.
  4. Please bring a pen and paper
  5. The ski technique session will include roller skiing. No experience is required. A helmet is required. Please supply your own ski boots and poles, and if you have access, your own roller skis. There will be a limited number of roller skis (NNN bindings) on hand to borrow.
  6. The range session will include live firing at the biathlon range. No experience is required. If you have access to a biathlon rifle and ammunition, please bring them. There will be a limited number of rifles on hand to borrow.

Schedule (tentative):

Saturday November 7:

  1. Introduction and Overview (Telemark Main Lodge)
  2. Shooting Equipment, Safety and Rules (Telemark Main Lodge)
  3. Range Training (Telemark Biathlon Range)
  4. Ski Training (Glenrosa Middle School) 
  5. Skiing Equipment and Rules (Telemark Main Lodge)
  6. Course Wrap Up (Telemark Main Lodge)

Registration

Registration is online through the NCCP locker: https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5386197

The fee for the course is $90.00. Cheques should be made payable to Chris Halldorson.

Point of Contact to sign up and for questions:  Chris Halldorson (challdorson@gmail.com) 250-300-8919

TECK REGIONAL DRY-LAND CAMP OKANAGAN SEPTEMBER 12-13TH 2020

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the biathlon team is invited to join in the regional cross country camp at Telemark. See details below!

Eligibility: Interior Skiers Born 2011 to 2003.

Dates: SaturdaySeptember 12th to Sunday, September 13th 2020.

Location: Telemark Nordic Club Kelowna

Phase 3 Return to Sport Options

Option A: Partial Participation. Pick and choose the training sessions or day which you would like to attend.

Option B: Sleep at Home Full Participation. Handle all of your own transportation and food for the duration of the camp.

Option C: Camping at Telemark Full Participation. Handle all of your own transportation and food for the duration of the camp. We will have the bathrooms, running water and some tables available at the Telemark Lodge. Your camping gear is your responsibility.

Register on Zone4.ca with this Link!

Regional Coach: Adam Elliot 250 859 8464 adam_elliot556@hotmail.com

Camp Begins: 9:00 AM on Saturday September 12th.

Camp Ends: 1:00 PM on Sunday September 13th.

Camp Fee: Free

This camp is free but you are responsible for all of your own food needs. CCBC/Teck T Shirt could be available if you are the target age (16 and under).

COVID-19 Safety Requirements:

If you choose to participate, you must follow these rules:

  • All individuals have signed the online Participant Agreement acknowledging their acceptance of the risks.
  • All individuals have completed the online self-assessment tool, on a daily basis before arriving.
  • If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
  • If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-9, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands before participating.
  • Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer.
  • Comply with physical distancing measures AT ALL TIMES. Have a mask and sanitizer with you in case physical distancing is not possible.
  • Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.
  • Consider your own risk.  If you are at higher risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19, consider limiting or avoiding participation for the time being.
  • If you start to feel mildly ill while participating, inform the person in charge (e.g., coach), sanitize your hands, go straight home, and complete the online self-assessment tool.  If severely ill (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain) have the person call 911.  (And that person should ensure the cleaning and disinfecting of any surfaces that you have come into contact with.)
  • If you have any health and safety concerns, inform the person in charge and/or the CCBC office.

Camp Goals: Safe Fun, Technique, Inspiration and Camaraderie

Coaches and Coach Helpers: Coaches are Welcome. The minimum level is L2T “Trained” for regional camps. If you do not have this level than you can still help out.

What to Bring List:

  • Food for the day
  • all gear for skating roller skiing (skate roller skis, poles, boots)
  • Mandatory Roller Ski Safety Equipment (Helmet, Gloves, Reflective Vest and optional Knee Pads)
  • Hill Bounding Poles. (Your Classic Poles or poles ~10cm shorter than shoulders)
  • Sport Clothing
  • running shoes
  • heart rate monitor if you have one
  • outdoor clothes for all weather conditions
  • work ethic
  • Water bottles and Carrier
  • yoga mat
  • Smiley Face

2020 Shirt Colour

NEW Frequently asked Questions at the bottom of this page. When a question is asked I will add the answer to the bottom of this page.

Draft of Camp Schedule:

Saturday September 12th

9:00 am Glenrosa Middle School Roller Ski

2974 Glen Abbey Pl, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2N1

Noon Your Packed Lunch Time

1:00 pm Athlete Panel 😉

2:00 pm Hill Bounding Technique Session

2:30 pm Team Orienteering

4 pm athlete pickup time from Telemark Nordic Club West Kelowna, BC V4T 2G3

Sunday September 13th

9 am Meet at Telemark Lodge ready to Run

1 pm athlete pickup time from Telemark

Can I Help or Help Coach? Yes, we always need help. This is the information on the Mandatory Standards for Coaching: With regards to your Teck Regional Dryland and Snow Camps, this is a friendly reminder to familiarize yourself with CCBC’s minimum mandatory coach qualification policy.  Coaches leading/supervising the camp or leading a group of athletes at the camp must be NCCP L2T ‘trained’ (must have completed the L2T (On-Snow) Workshop), while coaches that are assisting must be NCCP Community Coach ‘trained’ (must have completed the Community Coach Workshop). Link to Policy!

“Sammy G”. doesn’t roller ski much (twice ever so far).  Do you think the camp would be good for “Sammy G.” too or should I wait another year for camps for him? For the Roller skiing portion on Saturday we just do an introductory to roller skiing for those who are younger and inexperienced in a parking lot and car free paved path. If they are reasonably good skiers they usually excel in this setting. Also, if you do not have roller skis all of the clubs bring their team skis so that skiers can try roller skiing; there will be enough skis if you cannot find some to bring. I think that “Sammy G.” will be fine.

Thanks Again,

Adam Elliot

Biathlon Community Gold Coaching Course. – Aug 29th

Telemark Nordic Club will host an NCCP Biathlon Community Gold Coaching workshop

Telemark is pleased to offer an NCCP Biathlon Community Coaching Gold “Leader” course. The Gold coaching course provides training for coaches who will be leading community biathlon programs (i.e. Biathlon Bears, masters programs, recreational programs) and serves as the starting point for club head coach training.

Where:  

Telemark Nordic Club Main Lodge, 4425 Glenrosa Road, West Kelowna BC V4T 1V9

When

Saturday Aug 29 – 8:30 – 6:00

Who:  

This course is designed to help train new coaches on the logistical requirements of running a seasonal program such as Biathlon Bears. No experience previous experience racing, participating or coaching biathlon is required. Parents, supporters and athletes who will be coaching biathlon are strongly encouraged to enroll!

Description:

This course will be in a classroom-based setting and covers:

  • Review of the planning and logistical requirements involved in planning a season
  • Review of the Safety and Liability requirements of running a biathlon program
  • Review of the developmental needs of participants in the Biathlon Bears program
  • Emergency Planning and Risk Analysis
  • Biathlon Bears Program Overview

Important:

  1. All registrants must be members of Biathlon Canada.
    1. Registration can be completed here: http://biathloncanada.ca/membership/
  2. All registrants must be 14 years or older
  3. Electronic course materials will be provided. A laptop or print-out should be brought to the course.
  4. Please bring a pen and paper

Schedule (tentative):

Saturday Aug 29:

  • 8:30-12:30 In class work
  • 12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 6:00 in class work

Breaks will be included!

Registration

Registration is online through the NCCP locker: https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5378713

The fee for the course is $90.00. Cheques should be made payable to Chris Halldorson.

Point of contact to sign up and for questions:  Chris Halldorson (challdorson@gmail.com) 250-300-8919

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.

Biathlon Demo Day – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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