October 19, 2017

Biathletes

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Tekarra Banser

At the age of twelve years old, Tekarra tried Biathlon for the very first time. Having never skate skied or fired a rifle before, it was a huge learning curve. The challenge of this unique sport led Tekarra to instantly fall in love with it.

Since then she has trained with Telemark and competed, winning medals at the BC cups, BC Winter Games, Canada Winter Games and Nationals. In February 2016, Tekarra qualified for the Youth Olympics and represented Canada in Lillehammer, Norway. The Youth Olympics was Tekarra’s first time wearing the nation’s colors and her first international competition.

Tek in Canmore

Tek Racing in Canmore

Julia Ransom

From a young age, Julia has been exploring on skis where ever there was snow. Her parents signed her up with the Telemark Jackrabbit’s Program and she fell in love with racing and adventuring with the other young skiers. At the age of 12, Julia tried biathlon and has been Cross Country and Biathlon racing nationally and internationally ever since.

Training through her early teens in the Telemark Racing Programs, Julia was both Cross Country and Biathlon National Champion on several occasions, and raced at Biathlon World Junior Championships. After graduating from high school she moved to Canmore, AB to train full time. Now on the Biathlon National Team, Julia is a regular on the World Cup Circuit with top-20 results to her name.
 
 Julia exemplifies the determination that is required to succeed at the highest levels.  When she is in town, Julia often comes out to ski with our athletes or give them some treasured advice. Check out Julia’s website to learn more about her and her most recent exploits and cheer her on -Julia has made the criteria for the Canadian Team for the upcoming Winter Olympics!
You can also follow Julia on Twitter: Twitter: @jooliawoolia
or Instagram: Instagram@julia.ransom_biathlete

Julia gives some pointers to the Telemark biathlon team

Julia Racing at a World Cup in Canmore

Jasper MacKenzie

Jasper started his biathlon career at Telemark as well. He has been training full time in Canmore for several years, as well as coaching.  He has competed both nationally and internationally in the sport.  When in town during the winter season, Jasper can often be found at Telemark doing some extra training with our team.

Jasper pushing hard at the 2017 Canadian National Championships

Rob Swan

Rob Swan (CoachRob), was the original head coach of the Telemark Biathlon Club. He coached at Telemark for 11 years.  He  truly enjoyed coaching biathlon.  He helped grow the program from just a few members to several dozen members and athletes.  He has been the coach to many amazing kids and youth  and masters athletes, all of whom have enriched his coaching career and life.  As the head coach, he helped many athletes improve themselves physically and mentally. He has helped produce BC Games medallists and champion athletes in Biathlon and Cross Country skiing. His athletes have been on podiums at National Championships  and North American Championships and have been named to World Youth Championships and Junior National  Biathlon, Youth Olympics, World Cup and IBU Cup Team members.

Rob became a biathlon coach, after being involved in many types of endurance sports as an athlete and coach.  He earned his BSc in Kinesiology(exercise physiology) and continued this science based knowledge into the “real world” coaching career.  He was also the Regional Biathlon coach for 9 years and the Provincial Biathlon Head Coach for 6 years.

Rob Swan

Coach Rob at a biathlon race

Rob Swan Coaching

Rob Swan coaching on the firing line