Sask First High Performance Team Announced
Biathlon Saskatchewan is pleased to name the following athletes to the 2016 High Performance Squad.
Heather Gillespie (RWF), Brett Down (RWF, QVN), Nathan Kuntz (Moose Jaw) Michio Green (La Ronge), Taylor Harrington (La Ronge), Nolan Royer (Bullzi), Jesse Ehman (Bullzi) Aron Bargen (Blue Mountain) Chloe Bargen (Blue Mountain) Logan Pletz (QVN), Kyrilo Gnyp (Saskatoon) Cameron Merkowsky (Saskatoon) Hanne Stadnyk (Blue Mountain) Makenna Weir (QVN) Tim Nemecek (RWF)
What Is The HP (High Performance) Squad?
The Biathlon Saskatchewan Sask First High Performance Squad is a group of committed Biathletes who are interested in taking Biathlon to the next level. They train around 400 hrs per year and take part in year round training sessions. This includes rollerskiing in the summer and additional strength and conditioning in the gym, starting in the fall.
What is Our Goal?
The aim of the Sask First Program is to provide support so that Saskatchewan Biathletes can challenge for podium performances at the National Championship level and beyond.
How Do I Get On The Sask First HP Squad?
If you want to be on the squad, get your club coach to contact the Provincial Coach with a recommendation. The Biathlon Saskatchewan High Performance committee will make the final decisions.
Things to Know
There is a $200 yearly team fee that you must pay to be on the HP Squad, (in part to help cover the costs of the strength training), you should have a minors permit and have a valid passport, in case you end up traveling internationally at some point.
Looking towards peak performance at National Championships in Prince George Mar 7-12, the team will also be attending Nor Am 1 Dec 9-11 in Canmore as well as the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Cup Series at Blue Mtn, QVN and Bullzi.
Next Summer (tentatively around July 22) we will also be attending North American Roller Ski Championships in Canmore as we begin early preparations for Canada Winter Games (Red Deer 2019) qualifying with a team size of four guys and four girls.