The objective of this program is to train cross country and biathlon athletes, 14 and older as of December 31 of the year beginning the season, who have a focus on provincial and national racing. This program works to enhance any athlete to be their best. The biathlon and cross country programs are very successful and we have the ability to train and support athletes who have earned medals at all levels; locally, provincially and nationally.
The goals of the program are:
- Create a training and competitive environment where athletes are challenged physically and mentally, allowing them to be a better athlete and person which helps them to reach their goals at regional, provincial, national and world junior levels.
- Create a training environment where athletes are committed to constant technical improvement in both biathlon and cross country skiing.
- Create a training environment that is fun and inclusive and provides a social space where athletes want to be.
- Create a race support system where athletes are able to achieve their goals at the regional, provincial, national and world junior levels.
- Create a love and passion for outdoor physical fitness in all seasons while exploring Gatineau Park.
To accomplish these goals, athletes have specific training programs. Athletes train the full year in a number of different locations in Gatineau Park and coaches apply a variety of training methods to improve physical and technical abilities and enhance the social experience. Fall winter training is from September until the snow melts and national championships are finished in the spring. Spring summer training is from May to August.
Head coach, Maurice Samm is a certified NCCP Learn to Compete (level 3) and a trained teacher.
Assistant coach Katie McMahon, is a certified NCCP: Community Coach (level 1) and is a trained exercise physiologist. They are supported by a number of volunteer coaches and organizers to make the program effective and efficient.
Maurice and Katie are dedicated coaches who work hard to create a positive and motivated team atmosphere. This program has already helped many athletes earn provincial, national and international medals. If you are ready to train hard and be positive, this program will help you achieve your goals in cross country skiing and biathlon.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Program Coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Practices during the spring, summer and fall consist of dry land training (roller skiing, trail running, strength training, hill bounding) in the Gatineau Park, Chelsea and Gatineau. During the winter, we classic and skate ski in many areas in Gatineau Park.
NOTE: It is understood that not all athletes will be able to attend all practices, however athletes are expected to attend the majority of practices on a regular basis. There will be no pricing adjustments.
The Nordic Race Program is divided into two teams:
Senior Team: Includes athletes in CEGEP or University that train seriously in biathlon and cross country skiing, typically 17 or older. You must have coach’s permission to be part of this group. Athletes this age that are new to the program will be included in the Junior Team, with coach’s permission.
Junior Team: includes athletes 14 and older. Training locations vary depending on the week, check the training website for details.
Biathletes!! Be sure to check the biathlon pages (Biathlon Racers or Biathlon Bears ) for the summer biathlon schedule *before* you register. That way you can pick the correct combination of options to best fit your schedule.
Note: For those athletes with provincial and national level goals, there is additional training that athletes will be required to complete on their own time.
What does the program cost? When do I register?
Fees, registration information and season start are found on the programs main page.
Please see the Nordic Race Athlete’s Portal for training details.
A comprehensive strength program has been developed for the athletes. At practice, the coach will review with the athletes the program to ensure they are using proper technique and weights. This program can be done in any gym setting. The training can be done alone or in small groups.
Skate and classic roller skis*
Skate and Classic skis
Classic and skate poles
Helmet – if roller skiing, the helmet is mandatory. No helmet, no practice for the athlete.
Water bottle holder and water
* – biathletes can choose to skate roller ski only but, if your budgets allow, it is highly recommended to classic roller ski as it is very good training.
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