Nordic Development Centre
Creating a Centre for Sports Excellence: Training Hub for young High Performance Athletes
Whistler Sport Legacies is inviting young Nordic athletes from all over BC to stay and train at the new “Whistler Nordic Development Centre”. Talented athletes who emerge from the Province’s Nordic ski clubs will be able to train and compete regularly in a high performance environment and progress their career in BC, to ensure a seamless advancement to the provincial and national ski teams, to World Cups and Olympic Games.
A leveraged investment will ensure coaching and performance services, program administration and training venues. To establish the Nordic Development Centre, the organization is partnering with likeminded stakeholders from the high performance community such as Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Cross-Country BC and Biathlon BC.
While the fully operational Nordic Development Centre is expected to be in place by spring of 2017, four young athletes from the North of BC have already enrolled in the biathlon program, led by Whistler Sport Legacies’ Head Coach Etienne Letondeur in partnership with Biathlon BC, and started training in the Spring of 2016 (see biographies below). Whistler Sport Legacies' intention is to build on this also for the other Nordic disciplines in a phased approach.
Base of the Centre is Whistler Olympic Park with its Nordic facilities as well as the Whistler Athletes’ Centre for accommodation and dryland training. In spring 2017, programs will be in place for full-time athletes as well as for younger athletes who are still going to school, with individualized training and competition plans, full time coaching and performance services. Also development services for coaches will be offered to increase the level of high performance coaching expertise in the region and Province.
Born April 28, 1997 in Lethbridge, Alberta
His first biathlon season was 2011/2012 when he started with the Air Cadets, after that he joined the West Coast Nordics. Things he loves most about his sport are the excitement of competitions and the unpredicatbility of biathlon. His big goal is to compete in the 2018 Junior World Championships, and he is on a good way to that with a third place at the NorAms 2015/2016 and a sixth place in the Canadian Championships 2016. Jarod's big goal is to ski in Finland and Norway, and his determination might bring him there soon!
Born October 22, 1998 in Prince George, BC
Bobby started with the sport of biathlon in 2011 with the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, just after the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He competed at the Canada Winter Games in 2015 and achieved top ten results at the National Championships 2015 and 2016. Bobby recently qualified for the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in February 2017. He loves biathlon for all the friends he has made through it, and for how it has helped him grow as a person. The dedicated athlete's biggest goal is to race for Canada internationally against his biathlon idols. Apart from skiing, Bobby loves mountain biking and chocolate chip cookies.
Born August 13, 1997 in Vancouver, BC
Colton started the sport of biathlon in 2010 in Prince George, BC and went through the development program of the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club. His biggest successes were the BC Championships 2014 and a third place in the National Relay 2015. When he does not ski or shoot, he likes to go exploring and, just like in his sport, pushing himself to the edge.
Born May 14, 1997 in Smithers, BC
Angus tried biathlon for the first time at a club event in Smithers in 2006. His biggest achievements so far are three gold medals at the BC Winter Games in Vernon 2012 and three top ten results at the National Championships in Charlo, NB in 2014. Angus loves the outdoors and never travels without his camera. One of his biggest hobbies is crafting, which he combines with his passion, biathlon: All by himself, he did a complete rebuild of his rifle stock to modify it.