Posted on April 23, 2015 by Jadene Mah

Given the increasingly warmer spring temperatures in Camrose over the past week, some may be wondering what has Biathlon Head Coach, Lowell Niven, so excited, “although biathlon is typically a winter sport, the spring and summer months present great opportunities to train and teach.” Roller skiing, cross-country running and mountain biking are used as the …

Lowell Niven

Biathlon Head Coach, Lowell Niven

Given the increasingly warmer spring temperatures in Camrose over the past week, some may be wondering what has Biathlon Head Coach, Lowell Niven, so excited, “although biathlon is typically a winter sport, the spring and summer months present great opportunities to train and teach.” Roller skiing, cross-country running and mountain biking are used as the spring and summer alternative to cross country skiing on snow.

With more than eleven kilometres of paved roller ski trails, another 25 kilometres of running trails throughout the City and a well-equipped Biathlon Range, Camrose is an ideal location for summer biathlon. As an added bonus, all trails are accessible directly from Augustana Campus, helping the University of Alberta – Augustana remain the natural choice for biathletes wishing to pursue post-secondary education while training in the sport.

Niven is looking forward to coaching two upcoming biathlon initiatives in Camrose, one for first-timers and another for young athletes who have already been active in the sport. The Vikings’ Kids Spring Beginner Biathlon program is aimed at individuals who have no or little previous shooting experience. Beginning May 6, participants aged 12-17 will learn rifle safety and the skills required to shoot a .22 bore rifle at 50m targets in the prone and standing positions.

Later this summer, Niven is excited to host an Alberta biathlon tradition that he was involved in as a young biathlete himself. “The summer biathlon camp has always been a great place for young biathletes to train and socialize with each other.” For more than 30 years, Augustana has played host to the ‘Camrose Camp’, a week long residence camp that brings biathletes from across the country to Camrose for high-performance summer training from July 13-17, 2015. When provincial camp organizers moved the annual summer camp to Canmore this summer, Niven saw an opportunity to continue to run it as a recruiting opportunity for his University team. “While the mountains garner a lot of attention as the focal point for Nordic sports, Camrose has exceptional facilities and we are proud that our Augustana hospitality is always second to none.”

For more information, please visit the Vikings Biathlon website.


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