Biathlon combines skate skiing and rifle shooting

Biathlon: Give it a Shot!

If winters get you down, consider punching through the clouds to the ski hill and trying something new.

Biathlon is a sport that combines target shooting and skate skiing. The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club has a world class facility at Mount Washington. Come out past the Raven Lodge, across the stadium and take a look one weekend this winter.

The first Give it a Shot! introductory program is Saturday, Dec. 30 in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity for family and friends to try biathlon, so spread the word.

Bears and masters programs run Jan. 3 – March 17, including two Fun Club races for all participants. Bears’ sessions run from 9:30 a.m.—noon, and masters from 1—3:30 p.m.

Some of the club’s youngest biathletes, just 9 and 10 years old, learn marksmanship skills.

Members of the competitive youth team, who train year-round with VIBC and the Strathcona Nordics junior racing team, plan to compete this season at the four Biathlon BC Cup races.

The public can watch the team train in the range Saturday afternoons throughout the season, and any time they can fit in extra training.

Registration is open at www.zone4.ca for club membership and programs for VIBC, and for Biathlon Canada. Complete both registrations separately.

FMI: www.vibiathlon.ca

Parents of bears or competitive youth participants must also have a club membership and membership with Biathlon Canada/Biathlon BC for insurance. Parents can select the BiBC supporter option, unless they are a qualified coach or official with Biathlon Canada. Early bird pricing deadline is Nov. 30.

Club members are needed to officiate at events.

Courses are offered free of charge to those who volunteer for the club.

This year, the cadet provincials Feb. 3 and 4 will be hosted at the VIBC range. They would appreciate help in running their event. Please consider donating some time. No biathlon experience is necessary.

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