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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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01 APR 14 - ASPEN HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS ACTIVATE BBU SPONSORSHIP

A significant day in the history of the BBU as the new sponsorship from Aspen Healthcare Solutions (UK) Limited was activated today.
CEO of Aspen Healthcare Solutions Mike Moran MBE, said that "His Company was very excited about the chance to support the GBR Biathlon Team on the road to Pyeongchang and the Olympic Winter Games 2018. They could not wait to get cracking on the venture".

BBU Chairman André Oszmann stated "He was thrilled that Aspen had secured the immediate future of the BBU and that over the next few weeks plans and budgets would be drawn up for both next season and the long term".
31 Mar 14 - MARCH LOTTERY RESULTS

The draw for the BBU March Lottery took place today. Cheques will be dispatched shortly to the winners:

1st   Ticket # 27
2nd  Ticket # 120
3rd   Ticket # 22
4th   Ticket # 46
5th   Ticket # 10
 

30 Mar 14 - IBU Vice-President Václav Fiřtík Dies Unexpectedly


IBU Vice-President for Development and Czech Biathlon President & Secretary General Václav Fiřtík died last Saturday morning (27 March) from complications of a stroke he suffered on Tuesday evening.

His work as an inspirational IBU Vice President for Development and in raising the profile of biathlon in the Czech Republic, and in particular the legacy from the superb World Championships at Nové Mesto na Morave in 2013 will long be remembered. He was true ambassador for the world-wide “Biathlon Family”.

The BBU has extended sincere condolences to his family, friends and all members of the Czech Biathlon Union.

23 Mar 14 - AGM 2014 MINUTES PUBLISHED

Apologies to all who were not present (and those who were!) at the historic AGM in Ruhpolding on 26 January, that you have had to wait 2 months to read the full Minutes. These have now been published, perhaps fittingly on the last day of the World Cup season.

AGM 2014 - Minutes
23 Mar 14 - FINANCIAL REPORTS PUBLISHED

The Accounts for the years ending 30 April 2012 & 30 April 2013 were unanimously received and adopted at the AGM on 26 January. Click to read:


Directors Report & Statements @ 30 Apr 12    Management Information @ 30 Apr 12

Director’s Report & Statements @ 30 Apr 13      Management Information @ 30 Apr 13

23 Mar 14 - SUMMER SCHEDULES

As the World & IBU Cup athletes and support staff take a well earned break, we are still making plans for summer training.  There are no changes to the Squads announced on 23 Feb. However there is still some doubt about the availability of a number of athletes and this has delayed the publication of Joining Instructions. These will be issued shortly. The AWSA has already issued Joining Instructions for the ABDS courses at Kinloss.
 
23 Mar 14 - ROLLERSKIING AT YORK UNIVERSITY

We have been advised that Snowsport England is currently running rollerskiing sessions at a new cycle track at York University. The track is a superb venue to learn, practice and train on roller skis.

For more information please contact Martin Roscoe direct:

M: 07918 841572  ·   E: martinr@snowsportengland.org.uk
 
21 Mar 14 - HIGHS AND LOWS IN HOLMENKOLLEN

As so often, the weather and atmosphere played a big part in the final World Cup of the season in Holmenkollen Oslo. Fog; wet snow; variable wind; salted snow; The King's Guard; the end of season party and the King himself as a spectator. However and regardless of the weather, Holmenkollen is a unique event and, as often happens there, GBR had some "highs & lows".

The best news of the weekend came in the Women's Sprint where in spite of finishing 78th (2-0) Amanda LIGHTFOOT recorded 14.4% so regains her World Cup qualification for next season. The pressure is off! Marcel LAPONDER (1-2) came 85th in the Men's Sprint and for the second week in a row beat Lee-Steve JACKSON (2-4) who only finished 96th. However Marcel re-gained his WC qualification last week whilst Jacko can be mightily proud of a season where he recorded 10 Olympic Qualifiers (under 15%) in his 12 starts.

All results & percents

The season is now complete for the GBR athletes, although there is a Pursuit tomorrow (Saturday) followed by the Mass Start on Sunday. As predicted last week, the Men finished the Nations Cup in 23rd place (one up from last year), with the Women coming in 30th.

Final WC Nations Cup:   Men   Women
17 Mar 14 - PICHLER RETAINS RUHPOLDING RATHAUS

With 67.59% of the votes Ruhpolding's Bürgermeister Claus Pichler was re-elected yesterday for the next 6 years. Claus, brother of leading biathlon coach Wolfgang and cousin of former GBR coach Walter, is a very active supporter of GBR biathlon and of the British & Army Championships (Ex Rucksack). Many congratulations!
16 Mar 14 - DOUBLE TREBLE IN KONTI

A unique (and possibly the first ever) "Double Treble" was achieved this weekend at World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti. Norwegian Johannes Thinges BOE won the Sprint on Thursday; the second Sprint on Saturday and then the Pursuit today. He was equalled in this hat-trick feat by Finland's Kaisa MAKARAINEN who was even more impressive in winning all her 3 races in her home town!
16 Mar 14 - GBR WORLD & IBU CUP STARTS SECURED

With just one race to go in both the Men's & Women's World Cup Nations Cup, the GBR athletes have secured their two start places (Men) and one (Women) for next season. For the IBU Cup in 2014 - 15 both the Men & Women maintain their 4 start places per race.

The Men currently lie in 22nd place and should finish the season there or 23rd. It is mathematically impossible to drop out of the top 25; last season we finished in 24th place. In the IBU Cup Men's Nation Cup the final GBR position was 17th, one better than last season.

The Women are lying 30th in the WC Nations Cup and will almost certainly finish in that slot; they can not drop down! Although finishing outside the top 27 means relegation, we receive automatic promotion back to the World Cup for 2014 - 15. This is by virtue of finishing 18th (2 places better than in 2012 - 13) in the IBU Cup Women's Nation Cup.

Congratulations to all the athletes, and support staff, who worked hard and drove all over Europe to secure our quotas for next season!

Final IBU Cup Nations Cup:   Men   Women
16 Mar 14 - ADELE WALKS OFF IN STYLE

With two of her best results of the season, Adele WALKER signed off her International career in some style in the IBU Cup at Martell ITA this weekend. After a decade racing for GBR she missed just 4 out of 40 targets in her final three races!

Starting in the Sprint she finished 24th, shooting 0-1 and with 8.1%. In the Pursuit she moved up one place and had an excellent shoot of 0-1-0-1. Her very last race was as lead in the Mixed Relay where she shot 1-0. After a career that began way back in 2002 she will be spending the summer as Head Coach of the Army's new Biathlon Development Squad (ABDS) which will be based at Kinloss SCO.
16 Mar 14 - WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS QUADRUPLE

The last fortnight has seen the number of 2014 - 15 World Cup Trimester 1 qualified athletes increase fourfold. Joining Lee JACKSON are Marcel LAPONDER (WC 8 Sprint); Kevin KANE (IBU Cup 8 Sprint); Scott DIXON (Junior World Champs Individual - top half of the field) and the retiring Adele WALKER (IBU Cup 8 Sprint). Amanda LIGHTFOOT was just 0.1% away from a similar qualification at the WC 8 second sprint, and has a final chance to do so next Thursday (20 March) in the last WC Sprint of the season at Holmenkollen-Oslo.

World Cup 8 Results

IBU Cup 8 Results
07 Mar 14 - SPORT FOR ALL - OR WINNING IS EVERYTHING

An interesting article by the much respected Alan Hubbard suggests that UK Sport's "Winning is Everything" policy is short sighted. We leave it to you to form your own opinions!

(Alan Hubbard  is an award-winning sports columnist for The Independent on Sunday and a former sports editor of The Observer. He has covered a total of 16 Summer and Winter Games, 10 Commonwealth Games, several football World Cups and world title fights from Atlanta to Zaire. He has a special affinity with winter sports).

It is also worth checking up a couple of recent BBC reports. brought to our attention by former Olympian and GBR biathlon coach, Ed Nicoll:

"Team GB winter sports funding boost"!!

"How did Team GB perform at Sochi?"

05 Mar 14 - SCOTT SMASHES GBR TOP SPOT IN THE WORLDS

Scott DIXON made a magnificent start in the 15 km Individual at the Junior World Champs in Presque Isle USA today, lying 2nd after the 2nd shoot, but he faded a little with a poor 3rd shoot.  Nevertheless his 23rd place (0-0-3-1) was the best ever by a GBR athlete in this Junior World Championships, beating the 35th spot of Mark GEE in the same race back in 1991.

Dad, Mike DIXON, shot 0-0-0-0 at Albertville /  Les Saisies in the OWG 1992. What are the odds that Scott, who still has one more season as a Junior will not do this next year at Raubitschi BLR?  And, Scott has already been a World Cup Athlete for two seasons!

Result
 
02 Mar 14 - "GUN RUNNER BIATHLON"
Sadly CANCELLED due to lack of entries!

An interesting day beckons on Sat 26 April near Milton Keynes. It is the "Gun Runner" Biathlon comprising cross country running and paint ball shooting.



Well, we said it was interesting. For further information go direct to "Gun Runner"
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 28 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 LSR RLC
Cpl Dan FULLER 2 RTR LCpl Alex GLEAVE * 2 CS Bn REME
        * as and when available  
Train in Kinloss (visit Ruhpolding as and when available)
  Tpr Alex MASSEY HCR   Spr Joel SMITH 28 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!
13 Feb 14 - ARMY BIATHLON DEVELOPMENT SQUAD

The athletes nominated to attend the inaugural "Army Biathlon Development Squad" (ABDS), which replaces the former NDS were announced at the Army  / British Champs prize giving in Ruhpolding last Thursday.

SSgt Adele WALKER 29 Regt RLC and Cpl Ben WOOLLEY 17 P&M Regt RLC will be the instructors for the three courses and Biathlon Academy which will be based at in Scotland at 39 Engr Regt Kinloss. Course Joining Instructions will be issued shortly and all attendance will be subject to  release from Units and a maximum of approx 12 students per course.

Men:

JUO James Smith  Oxford UOTC Gnr Sam Wells  16 Regt RA
Cfn Liam Ward  17 P&M Regt RLC Pte Robin Brockis  29 Regt RLC
Pte Mark Patterson  1 LSR RLC Pte Brandon Bradley  DST
Pte Seoras Mackay  1 LSR RLC Cfn Lewis Hannington  1 CS Bn REME
LCpl Liam Doody  1 LSR RLC Tpr Robert Woods  2 RTR
Spr Tom Park  33/101 Engr Regt Pte Jordan Bennett DST
Pte Jordan Foley  17 P&M Regt Cfn Elliot Palin  2 CS BN REME
Gnr James Dean-Netscher  3 RHA Pte Tobias Chapman  29 Regt RLC
Spr Matt Chambers  28 Engr Regt Gnr Matthew Wright  16 Regt RA
Pte Nathan Hindle  1 LSR RLC Gnr Steven Hand  3 RHA
Gnr Martin Shaw  26 Regt RA Pte Carl Aldridge 1 LSR RLC
         

Women:

JUO Kate Wray Oxford UOTC Pte Fran Oddy DST
Lt Alice Ward 1 LSR RLC Pte Emma Drew 6 TLR RLC
LCpl Lydia Hilson 16 Med Regt Cpl Jo Brownlow 16 Med Regt
Gnr Georgina Kelly  1 RHA Gnr Sam Grist 26 Regt RA
Pte George Price 29 Regt RLC      
07 Feb 14 - BBU CLUB CHAMPIONS

The BBU Club Championships are open, in a number of categories, to all athletes who compete at the British Championships and who have not raced World Cup in the past 3 years or IBU Cup in the previous 2. All races (less the Relay) plus the Sprint from Ex PIPEDOWN / RUCKSACK are included with the best 3 of 4 results to count.

Many congratulations to the 2014 Champions:

Senior Men 1st    SSgt Tom Clemens RAPTC  2 R WELSH
  2nd   LCpl Darren Bradley  1 RTR
  3rd    Cpl Sean Bowen  1 CS Bn REME
Junior Men LCpl Liam Doody  1 LSR RLC
Senior Novice Men Lt Benjamin Barkes  Light Dragoons
Junior Novice Men Gnr Steven Hand  3 RHA
Senior Women JUO Kate Wray  Oxford UOTC
Junior Women Sofie Hopkins  Humberside SG
Novice Women Lt Alice Ward  1 LSR RLC
   
Full BBU Club Championship Results
 
 
27 Jan 14 - THE ROAD TO PYEONGCHANG!

BRITISH BIATHLON FUTURE SECURED BY ASPEN HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED

At last the news we have been waiting for, and working for, over a number of months!

A very generous sponsorship deal was announced at the BBU AGM in Ruhpolding, yesterday Sun 27 Jan, by Mr Mike Moran the CEO of Aspen Healthcare Solutions (UK) Limited (AHS).  A four year deal which will take the BBU through to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang Korea, will also ensure the survival of the BBU after the very real threat of closure (News: 06 Nov 13) at the end of the current season.


Click to read the full Press Release
 
27 Jan 14 - BBU AGM ADOPTS NEW ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

A 75% majority of the almost 100 members present at the 17th AGM of the BBU, held yesterday in Ruhpolding, was required in order to adopt the new Articles of Association

In the event the motion was passed with a vote of 99% in favour (subject to a few minor typos and re-numbering). Coming on top of our great news concerning the AHS sponsorship, the BBU now has a very modern constitution and Governance that adheres to UK Sport and the Sport & Recreation Alliance principals.
 
 
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