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Program Options & Application

Whistler Nordic Development Centre

The Whistler Nordic Development Centre (WNDC) is designed for Nordic athletes who want optimal training and program services to reach the next steps in their athletic career. WNDC athletes benefit from a world-class training environment at Whistler’s Olympic legacy venues. Expert and dedicated program coaches support all athletes on their individual journeys, to eventually become successful members of the national team.

WNDC athletes are expected to reside in the Sea to Sky Corridor, to fully benefit from WNDC training schedules, coaching support and to immerse in and benefit from the team’s dynamic.

In 2021-22, the WNDC offers four different program categories focused on biathlon, corresponding to four levels of individual athlete development and commitment:

  • Podium Program (full-time, ages 21+)
  • Performance Program (full-time, ages 19+)
  • Summer Training Program (summer only, ages 17+)
  • Next Gen Program (weekly program + camps, ages 16+)

Read more about the four program options below!

applications:

Applications for the Podium & Performance Programs 2021-22 are now closed. If you are interested in our Summer Training or Next Gen Program, download the Athlete Application Form, fill it in and submit it together with the accompanying documents outlined in the form by email to Head Coach Etienne.

For any questions on the programs, please contact Etienne Letondeur, Biathlon Head Coach, Whistler Olympic Park by email or phone at 604-966-7207.

Podium & Performance Program

WNDC Full-Time High Performance Team

Ideal candidates for the full-time program streams are athletes committed to train for long-term international success. You are a dedicated athlete, wanting training and competition opportunities designed to advance on the high-performance pathway, leading to personal development and international podium success!

Podium Program

Full-time program (11/12 months) for returning athletes and/or National Development Team members. Athletes are 21+ years old and are members of Biathlon Canada’s U24 or Dev Team. This program is designed to assist young high performance athletes in making the step up and securing a spot in the senior national team.

Performance Program

Full-time program (11/12 months) for returning and/or new athletes. Athletes are 18+ years old and are members of the U20 National Development Team, and/or among the top ranked athletes in their province. This program is designed to help athletes move up into the nation’s elite within their age group, by focusing on high performance fundamentals and building a strong technical, physical and mental base.

Where

The WNDC Podium & Performance team is based in Whistler, and all athletes are expected to reside in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Accommodation is available upon request.

Curriculum

Podium & Performance athletes will receive full-time coaching (minimum six coached sessions/week, up to 14 coached sessions/week) and performance services for training and competitions.

Specific training plans are focused on individual athlete goals and development needs.

Through technical and performance services as well as access to Whistler based training facilities, athletes will have everything needed to take their performance to the next level on the athlete pathway.

Start Date

May 3, 2021

Services
  • Coaching (daily programming based on a yearly training plan)
  • Coaching and coach travel to targeted/planned competitions
  • Individualized training plans
  • Individualized strength & conditioning plan
  • Comprehensive testing: technical and physical
  • Performance services in partnership with the CSI Pacific: nutrition, strength and conditioning, mental performance, biomechanics analysis etc. 
  • Race wax for selected events
  • Support for equipment selection 
  • Facility access Whistler Sport Legacies/Whistler Olympic Park 
  • Callaghan Gold early snow access
  • Spring skiing access
  • HUB Whistler training facility access for dryfire, dryland, core, strength and stretching sessions
  • Team uniform
  • Physiotherapy: Preferential rate and booking with The Movement Lab 
  • Chiropractic: Monthly support + on demand on site and/or at Livwell clinic 
  • Access to affordable accommodation at the Whistler Athletes' Centre (inquire for pricing)

Cost

(Domestic athletes; inquire for international pricing)

Podium & Performance Program:

  • $6,700 for returning athletes
  • $7,200 for new athletes

Cost does not include: Travel to/in Whistler, accommodation, food, competition travel, race entries, camps, ammunition, equipment, taxes & fees.

Registration

Applications are now closed.

Summer Training & Next Gen Programs

WNDC Part-time Training Options

The WNDC part-time training options are designed for athletes who wish to benefit from a high quality program and environment in order to propel their skills to the next level, but are not able or willing to commit to a full-time program just yet.

Summer Training Program

The WNDC Summer Training Program offers either five or two months of training, from May to September or July to August 2021. The program is ideal for athletes (ages 17+) who wish to be part of a high quality program and environment in order to propel their skills to the next level, while still in school/finishing school. This program could also suit athletes from a different program in search of extra motivation, a new training environment or new insights from different coaches.

Summer Training Program athletes train alongside the Performance/Podium groups according to their needs and abilities.

Where

The WNDC Summer Training Program is based in Whistler.

Athletes registered for the summer program have access to affordable accommodation options at the Whistler Athletes’ Centre for the months of May to September (depending on availability).

Curriculum

While in Whistler, athletes committed to the WNDC Summer Training Program have the same access to full coaching and performance services as the full-year WNDC team athletes (Podium and Performance). This can be adapted upon requests to meet individual needs as long as the athlete’s requests dos not interfere with the team dynamic.

When
  • Summer Intake #1: May 3, 2021 to Test Event in Canmore in September (Testivals)
  • Summer Intake #2: July 5, 2021 to Test Event in Whistler at the end of August
Services
  • Coaching
  • Training program design 
  • Individualized spring/summer training plan
  • Annual training plan at an additional cost
  • Introductory performance services
  • Sport-specific testing 
  • Facility access Whistler Sport Legacies/Whistler Olympic Park
  • Access to affordable accommodation at the Whistler Athletes' Centre for the months of Mai to September (depending on availability; additional cost, inquire for pricing)
Cost
  • Intake #1 (4.5 months): $3,200
  • Intake #2 (2 months):  $1,800

Cost does not include: Travel to & in Whistler, food, ammunition, equipment, taxes & fees.

Registration

The Intake #1/4.5 month program registration is now closed. To apply for the Intake #2/2 month program, download the Athlete Application Form, fill it in and submit it together with the accompanying documents outlined in the form by email to Head Coach Etienne.

Next Gen Program

The Next Gen Program is a weekly training opportunity for local athletes (ages 16+) developed in partnership with the Sea to Sky Nordics, to build a solid training base including technical and physical fundamentals. It provides exposure to the training center services for young dedicated athletes who are aiming for a high performance career and are willing to explore their full potential. Athletes will also be able to participate in several multi-day camps with the WNDC team.

The ideal candidates for this program are athletes who are considering to join the WNDC program in the next one to two years, and are willing to commit to the extra training efforts in order to set their sport career up for success.

Where

The Next Gen Program is based in Whistler.

Curriculum

The Next Gen Program gives access to one WNDC training session/week, as well as additional sessions through the year (camps/training blocks, development/testing opportunities etc.).

The Next Gen periodization is developed in partnership with the local club (Sea to Sky Nordics) in order to line up with short- and long-term athletic goals.

When
  • July 5, 2021 to end of March 2022
Services
  • Coaching (once a week throughout program period plus several multi-day camps)
  • Training program design 
  • Individualized spring/summer training plan
  • Annual training plan at an additional cost
  • Introductory performance services
  • Sport-specific testing
Cost

$850/year

Cost does not include: Access to Whistler Olympic Park, travel to & in Whistler, food, ammunition, equipment, taxes & fees.

Registration

Download the Athlete Application Form, fill it in and submit it together with the accompanying documents outlined in the form by email to Head Coach Etienne.