COVID-19 UPDATE

Although uncertainty continues around provincial guidence for Covid-19, summer programming has reached a point where it is operating as close to normal as can be expected.  The outlook for the fall is more of the same.  For this reason, we are planning for similar almost-normal training for all fall programs.

Competition programs - Biathlon .22, Cross Country (aka Nordic) and Air Rifle (age 14/15) - are continuing through the fall with in-person training on a monthly payment plan.  

Registration for Junior competitive programs (Jr Devo, Jr Air Rifle, and Grade 8 Comp Air) is now open on Team Unify. 

It is expected that remaining programs will also run this winter, but registration is on hold as we wait to confirm provincial guidance. Stay tuned for updates on those programs. 

If you have any questions, or you missed registration and would like to join, contact us directly at [email protected]


BIATHLON PROGRAMS

The word biathlon is from the Greek word meaning "two tests". The sport of biathlon combines the endurance, speed and skill of cross-country skiing with the concentration of precision rifle shooting, confronting athletes with a very demanding overall physical and mental challenge. This exciting combination of endurance and focus is precisely what makes this sport so fun and rewarding.

Our full-spectrum of biathlon programs follow the Long-Term Athlete Development principles developed by Sport Canada.

  • Our Jackrabbits and Track Attack programs include introductory biathlon activities to introduce children aged 9-12 to the fundamentals of biathlon
  • Biathlon Bears is an add-on program for children aged 9-12 that wish pursue the sport further including attending local races
  • The Saturdaisies program is a stepping stone for young biathletes (aged 10-13 years) that are interested in training and ready to compete in local and club races.
  • Our Competition Air Rifle program provides advanced skiing and precision shooting skills using compressed-air cylinder rifles for those teen-aged athletes interested in elevating their competition level to the provincial “O-Cup circuit” level.
  • In the Competitive .22 program, teen-aged athletes will learn to refine their existing shooting skills with .22-caliber rifles while consolidating the speed and strength development of their ski techniques to compete at the provincial and IBU levels and/or earn their way onto Team Ontario.

Athletes participating in Biathlon programs must be registered members of Biathlon Ontario for insurance purposes. An additional equipment fee for rifles and ammunition is charged for Biathlon athletes.


BIATHLON BEARS 

This is an entry level program for athletes who have graduated from the Jack Rabbits Nordic-skiing program or have demonstrated ski skills and show an interest in learning how to add a precision shooting component to their skill sets in a fun and friendly environment. In this program, athletes will focus on effective prone positioning, precision shooting skills, and combination shooting skills using a pump-action air rifle. Ski training will be delivered through participation in the Track Attack Nordic ski program. Range training will be delivered as a separate session at the end of each skiing phase. (program details)

JUNIOR AIR RIFLE (Formerly Saturdaisies) 

Highlands Trailblazers Junior Air Rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the local and divisional level, have the desire to compete at the Provincial Championships, and who focus on training and learning to be competitive. The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes. (program details)

COMPETITION AIR: Ages 13-14 and Ages 14-15

Highlands Trailblazers Competitive Air Rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the provincial level, have the desire to compete at the Provincial Championships, and who focus on training and learning to be competitive.

The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes ranging in age from 14 to 20. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes.

  • Competition Air Grade 8 and Daisies must register for Junior Devo
  • Competition Air Grade 9 must register for Comp

Athletes participating in the Biathlon Competitive Programs will also need to purchase the appropriate race licenses from sport organizing bodies (Biathlon Canada, Biathlon Ontario) (program details age 13-14, program details age 14-15)

COMPETITION .22 

Highlands Trailblazers Competitive .22-rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the provincial level, have the desire to compete nationally at National Championships and who focus on training and learning to be competitive. The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes ranging in age from 14 to 20. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes. (program details)


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • A Biathlon Ontario and Biathlon Canada Recreational Athlete Membership Required
  • Individual 2020/2021 Biathlon Canada Registration: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=20944&lan=1&cartlevel=1
  • Trail passes - valid only during the weekly sessions - are included in Jackrabbit, Bunnies, Chipmunks, Track Attack and Biathlon Bears fees. If registrants ski at other times, they will need a season or day pass.
  • Note: Highlands Nordic is separate from the Highlands Trailblazers although they work closely together. For information on seasons passes, trail passes, seasonal leases, rentals and ProShop please visit www.highlandsnordic.ca

​SERVICE HOURS PROGRAM

Please review the details of the service hours program for parents and athletes.