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The British Biathlon Union (BBU) is the UK National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic winter sport of Biathlon. The BBU was incorporated on 23 October 1996 and selects the GBR teams at all levels.

This site is updated frequently during the winter season, and periodically from April - November!

 

 
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21 Nov 14 - GBR TEAMS SELECTED FOR TRIMESTER 1

The GBR Selection races were held on Mon 17 & Wed 19 Nov in Beitostølen NOR. Snow conditions were nigh on perfect and there was no wind. However the course and range were very busy with the Austrians holding races at the same time, and a number of other Nations were also training for both biathlon and the famous Cross Country "Beito Sprints" which will be held this weekend.

Congratulations to Team Manager Simon ALLANSON, ABDS Coach Ben WOOLLEY and the GBR Wax Technician Fede FONTANA for all their work to ensure fair and competitive races.

Congratulations to all selected (below), and commiserations to those who were not.

Click for full Results & Selection  (note, this is a 3 page document!)

World Cup - Men        
         
LBdr Lee-Steve JACKSON 16 Regt RA   LCpl Marcel LAPONDER 39 Engr Regt
Bdr Kevin KANE 3 RHA   Scott DIXON CBNSC
World Cup - Women        
         
Cpl Amanda LIGHTFOOT AGC Cpl Nerys JONES AGC
IBU Cup - Men        
         
LCpl Alex GLEAVE 2 CS Bn REME   Rob SIRCUS CBNSC
Cpl Dan FULLER RTR   Sam CAIRNS CBNSC
Selected but not qualified for Trimester 1      
       
Cpl John DUNNETT 1 LSR RLC   Cpl Jim BOWEN 1 CS Bn REME
 
16 Nov 14 - BBU "ELECTED DIRECTORS"

A vote will be held at the 18th AGM of the BBU on 01 Feb 15 to elect one or more "ELECTED DIRECTORS"

To be a Candidate, the nominee must be a “MEMBER” (of the BBU); must be born in 1999 or earlier, and must have paid his/her subscription for the year 2014 – 15 by no later than 23:59 GMT on Friday 12 December 2014. (He /she can still be a “Member” who can vote at the AGM, in person or by proxy, by joining and paying (or renewing) their subscription before the AGM, but they must be a paid-up “Member” by 23:59 GMT on Friday 12 December 2014 to be eligible to be a Candidate).

For full details on how to be a Candidate, click here

To renew your membership or to join the BBU, click:    for PDF   for Word

 
16 Nov 14 - GBR SELECTION POLICY 2014 - 15

Please click for the BBU 2014 - 15 Selection Policy.

 
15 Nov 14 - SACHENBACHER-STEHLE SURPRISE DECISION

The Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday announced its findings in the case of Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany v. the IBU. It reduced her 2 year ban, following doping offences during the OWG in Sochi 6 months. The IBU was ordered to pay EUR 7500 towards her costs. The CSAS detailed reasons for their decisions will be promulgated later.

Click to read the CAS decision.

 
11 Nov 14 - NEW SEASON BECKONS IN BEITO

Thanks to the efforts of Team Manager Simon Allanson, news and pictures of the training camp in Beitostølen and eventually of next week's Selection Races are on the BBU Facebook Page

To whet the appetite here is a "Pic from Ginge" of our new Italian wax technician Federico Fontana, about to wax all Jacko's skis! There will be more information about "Fede" in our 20 November update, when the teams for Trimester 1 will be announced.

Fede has a fine track record as a waxman, and most recently worked for Poland. Welcome to GBR and Team GB!
  Federico
 
11 Nov 14 - BBU BOARD MEETINGS

The BBU Board recently agreed that Minutes of all Board Meetings (except for detailed reports or matters of a private or commercially sensitive nature) would now be published on the website. This follows our long-term practice of publishing the AGM Minutes.

We are pleased to publish below, the Minutes of the three Meetings already held in 2014. The Minutes of the 87th Meeting (30 Oct 14) will be available in due course.

84th Mtg - 24 Jan 14 85th Mtg - 24 Apr 14 86th Mtg - 04 Jul 14
 
05 Oct 14 - GBR SELECTION RACES - 17 & 19 NOVEMBER 2014

GBR National Selection races will be held in Beitostølen NOR on Monday 17 (Sprint) & Wednesday 19 (Mass Start) November 2014.  

We are unable to use our normal selection venue of Sjusjøen NOR this year. Beitostølen is also the venue for the “Beito Sprints” (21 – 23 Nov) and the IBU Cup 1 (28-30 Nov). The BBU can only make travel and accommodation arrangements for current National Squad athletes, although the races are open to any UK passport holder – male or female. Non Squad athletes must register, by Email, their intent to enter by Monday 27 October 2014.  

It is appreciated that some of the athletes aspiring to compete in the Junior World Champs in Feb 15 will have had very little time on snow by 17 & 19 Nov. Selection for these Championships will thus not be confirmed until after the RAC Champs in Hochfilzen AUT (8 & 9 Jan 15), but obviously competing in both the Section & RAC races will help their cause.

 
05 Oct 14 - BRITISH BIATHLON & NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – RUHPOLDING 2015, "BOYS & GIRLS" and "MASTERS" RACES

 

The AWSA has been approached with a view to re-introducing races for “Boys & Girls” as well as “Masters” in 2015. (For the 2014 - 15 season,  Boys & Girls are those born in 2000 or later; Masters are those born in 1980 or earlier).  Click for detailed information. 

A decision on whether any of the above races will take place in 2015 will depend on a guaranteed level of interest.  Clubs  should notify the BBU (on behalf of the AWSA) of the intended participation of any of their athletes, including Date of Birth, in either or both of Cross Country & Biathlon at “Boy” / “Girl” / “Masters” (indicating Male or Female) level by no later than Monday 20 October 2014. Individual athletes not in a Club should note the same deadline.  Please Email your interest to: info@britishbiathlon.com 

(Civilian biathloln & ski clubs were informed of this in August, but so far there have been no registrations of interest!)

 
05 Oct 14 - WORLD CUP TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION

The BBU office is, as usual, already receiving requests from supporters concerning World Cup tickets, travel and accommodation.  Unfortunately we do not receive any allocations of tickets and are simply not able to assist with the booking of any facilities. We suggest you go direct to the relevant WC website (go through Google!) where there are links to accommodation as well as on-line ticketing. It is difficult in some venues to get a bed in the resort, but they are always available in the near vicinity. Tickets (except for VIP tickets) rarely sell out, but it is always best to book everything early! 

We look forward to seeing supporters – old and new – on the World Cup circuit in the forthcoming winter.

 
05 Oct 14 - IBU CONGRESS REPORT


Anders BESSEBERG was re-elected as President of the IBU at the 11th IBU Regular Congress in St Wolfgang AUT last month. Besseberg, a former Coach of GBR has held the Presidential post since 1993.

Östersund SWE had an absolute majority in the first, and only, round of voting to select the venue for the 2019 World Championships. Results:             

     Östersund SWE: 27 votes;  Antholz ITA: 16; Nove Mesto CZE: 4; Khanty- Mansiysk RUS: 2

Other key decisions include:

  • The "percentage" qualification system will be replaced by new "IBU Points" from the end of the 2014 -15 season. IBU points will be scored on both World Cup and IBU Cup.

 

  • Start quotas for World Cup will change at the end of the 2014 -15 season with the Nation finishing in 23rd having 3 (not 2) start places – a big incentive for the GBR Men to hold on to our 23rd place this coming winter!

 

  • A “Junior” IBU Cup will be up and running from the 2015 – 16 season (probably only 4 events), based on existing National / Alpen Cups.

 

  • The 2016 Congress will be held in the Moldovan capital city, Chisinau.

 

  • The Start of Relays and Mass Start will be changed with immediate effect. No longer will athletes line up 10 abreast and double pole for the first 100m; instead they will line up just 3 abreast and skate from the very start. Trials show that this format reduces crashes, injuries and equipment damage.

Full reports including all the voting results and video clips are on the IBU Web page

 
05 Oct 14 - SEPTEMBER LOTTERY RESULTS

The draw for the BBU June Lottery took place on 30 Sep. Cheques will be dispatched shortly to the winners:

1st   Ticket #   98
2nd  Ticket # 119
3rd   Ticket #   67
4th   Ticket #   13
5th   Ticket #   51
 
05 Oct 14 - THE OLYMPICS NOBODY WANTS

With the withdrawal of Norwegian candidate Oslo from the bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games there are just two cities remaining. Beijing CHN (where the ski areas are further away from the city than Aviemore is from London) and Almaty in Kazakhstan are the last two of the original 8 candidates.

It is a sad move for sports fans in general and winter sport for fans and athletes in particular. 

More from the BBC


Sochi Bolshoy Ice Dom
 
06 Jul 14 - RACE PROGRAMME 2014 - 15

The provisional race schedules for 2014 - 15 have been published. Click above for:

World Cup   ·   IBU Cup  ·   British & Army Champs (Ex Rucksack)       
23 Feb 14 - GBR SUMMER SQUADS

With the imminent retirement of Manager / Coach Marc WALKER, and a requirement for some of the athletes to undertake military courses and training,  there will be some changes to the look of the squads for Summer 2014. As yet there are no retirements and we are thus planning on:

Squad 2018 These athletes will train under their own coaches, but will participate in some activities and training camps with Squad 2022 in and around Ruhpolding
Men Scott DIXON CBNSC LBdr Lee-Steve JACKSON 16 Regt RA
Bdr Kevin KANE 3 RHA   LCpl Marcel LAPONDER 39 Engr Regt
           
Women Cpl Nerys JONES AGC   Cpl Amanda LIGHTFOOT AGC
Squad 2022 These athletes will train in Ruhpolding under Manager / Coach Bdr Simon ALLANSON 3 RHA
           
Men Cpl Sean BOWEN 1 CS Bn REME Cpl John DUNNETT 1 Regt RLC
Cpl Dan FULLER RTR LCpl Alex GLEAVE 1 CS Bn REME
       
Train in Kinloss (visit Ruhpolding as and when available)
  Tpr Alex MASSEY HCR   Spr Joel SMITH 39 Engr Regt
Pre-invited to Selection, November 2014   Cpl Paul BIRMINGHAM 1 RTR
 
       

13 Feb 14 - HOW TO START OUR GREAT SPORT!

From time to time we receive enquiries about "How to Start in Biathlon". Every 4 years at the time of the OWG there is an upsurge in these enquiries and this year is no exception. Two or 3 a day for the last fortnight! Wow, and thanks for your enthusiasm. Alas it is not easy to start in the UK as there is only one civilian racing club (Cairngorm BNSC in Aviemore) and one "Masters" club (Wessex BNSC) near Bath. Virtually all other biathletes in the UK are in the Army, together with a few Royal Marines.

Notwithstanding the BBU's new sponsorship deal with Aspen Healthcare Solutions (UK) Ltd we simply do not have the resources to nurture your enthusiasm. But, do not despair! Read our link "About Us & How to Start". It may not make you happy, but it explains our current situation and we are always willing to listen to suggestions. But, what we cannot do is to pour non-existent money into Development. We may be able to run a couple of Talent ID road-shows later this year; watch this space!
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