News May - Nov 2002
COMPLETE RACE SCHEDULE PUBLISHED
To see the complete IBU World & European Cup, British Championships and other Champion Race Schedule, CLICK HERE.
26 November 2002
WORLD CUP 1 SWITCHED TO SWEDEN
Ístersund SWE will host the first Rhurgas World Cup of the new season due to the lack of snow in Hochfilzen AUT. A decision on the location of WC 2 will be made on Tue 3 Dec. There is no news yet on any re-location of European Cups.
26 November 2002
WORLD & EUROPEAN CUP TEAMS SELECTED
Following the National trials in Kontiolahti FIN, the World Cup and European Cup Teams, until Christmas have been selected. For full details click here
24 November 2002
BBU SECRETARY GENERAL APPOINTED TO IBU COMMITTEE
At the 45th Executive Board Meeting of the IBU in Berlin, Mark Goodson, the Secretary General BBU, was appointed to a special IBU "Ad hoc" Committee to revise the Constitution of the IBU. He joins Dr Klaus Leistner AUT, Dr Michael Geistlinger AUT and Yannis Pandelidis GRE with a mandate to present a final draft Constitution on 1 Feb 04, which will be presented to Congress 2004. This is only the fourth time that GBR has been represented on a Committee of the International Governing Body (IBU) since 1958.
21 November 2002
A VERY WINDY FIRST SELECTION RACE!
3 times Olympian Mark Gee beat Team Captain Jason Sklenar into 2nd place in the first of three selection races held today in gale force conditions in Kontiolahti FIN. With nine other athletes seeking 4 World Cup and a maximum of 5 European Cup places, the next two races on Sat 24 and Sun 25 Nov will be eagerly awaited.
21 November 2002
LACK OF SNOW DEVASTATES WORLD CUP PLANS
There is a severe shortage of snow in Central Europe! It is extremely likely that World Cup 1 (Hochfilzen AUT) will have to be re-located to Scandinavia. Unless temperatures drop sufficiently to allow artificial snow-making before real snow falls, World Cups 2 and 3 may also have to be re-located. A preliminary announcement is due within 24 hours and a full statement by Wed 28 Nov. European Cup 1 in Ǻl NOR will definitely be held there; after that ...?
20 November 2002
NEW BIATHLON CENTRE OPENS
The BBU Accredited Biathlon Centre at East Grange, Kinloss Scotland, has opened for business! A wide variety of courses are on offer and excellent value accommodation is on site. Full details will be published shortly.
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20 November 2002
NATIONAL COACH LEAVES BBU
The British Biathlon Union has regrettably accepted the resignation, for personal reasons, of Ian Woods from his post as National Coach with effect from 26 November 2002. Ian represented Great Britain in the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games and joined the BBU coaching staff in April 1998. He was appointed World Cup Coach two years later, and also managed the GBR team at the Olympic Winter Games at Salt Lake City in February 2002.
The Board, athletes and members of the BBU are grateful for the dedication and support that Ian has given to biathlon in Great Britain over many years, and wish him every success in his new career. A new National Coach will be appointed in due course, but arrangements are being put in place to ensure that short term cover and support for the World and European Cup teams will be provided for the forthcoming season.
11 November 2002
It is with deep regret that we announce the death, of Gay Leaning the wife of founder BBU Board Member and 1968 Olympic biathlete, John (Spud) Leaning.
Gay suffered a minor brain haemorrhage on 24th September and although seemingly on the road to recovery, died suddenly at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading on Friday 8th November. Gay was a true fan of biathlon and often accompanied Spud to Biathlon and Cross Country events when, and after, Spud was the Nordic Director for the BSF. An active supporter of the Paralympic movement, she also played a prominent role in the protocol office for the Army's 50th Anniversary of winter sports, AWSA 50, in St Moritz in 1997.
The Board and all Members of the BBU mourn her loss, and offer our deepest sympathy to Spud, their sons David and Tom and all Gay's family.
9 November 2002
MEDIA VISIT TO FINLAND
Journalists from the "Independent on Sunday" and "Front" magazine are in Vuokatti FIN this weekend watching the squad's on snow training prior to the selection races in Kontiolahti 21 -24 November. Hopefully, we shall be able to give advance warning of their respective articles on this News page.
5 November 2002
TOM CLEMENS BACK IN TRAINING
Tom Clemens, a Corporal in the Devonshire & Dorset Regiment has come out of semi-retirement and is currently in Finland at the GBR training camp. Tom was a regular in the World Cup team from the 1998 - 99 season until he suffered a major loss of form early last season, and failed to qualify for Salt Lake City. Welcome back and congratulations on the promotion!
4 November 2002
SASHURIN BANNED FOR 15 MONTHS
Vadim Sashurin of BLR has become the highest profile biathlete to be banned for failing a doping test. Nadrolon Metabolites substances were found at an out of competition test conducted by WADA. He received a 15 month ban effective 13 Sep 02 with a possible 9 month extension. More
25 September 2002
HUGH PRITCHARD RETIRES
Salt Lake City 2002 Olympian Hugh Pritchard has announced his retirement from International racing. Hugh, who is a member of the Honorable Artillery Company, made his World Cup debut in 2001 but raced on the European Cup circuit from 1998. He was the British Cross Country Pursuit Champion in 1998. A chartered accountant, he starts a "proper job" this week, but don't write him off in the run up to Turin 2006!
18 September 2002
BBU SELECTION POLICY FOR SEASON 2002 -2003
18 September 2002
NEW "AGE CLASSES" FINALLY CONFIRMED
After several false starts, the new age classes for "Juniors" and the new category of "Youth" has been confirmed. In a nutshell, any "Junior" last season (2001 - 2002) will still be a "Junior" for 2002 -2003. Click for Details
9 September 2002
KONTIOLAHTI VENUE FOR GBR TRIALS
The GBR selection races for 4 x World Cup and up to 5 x European Cup team places will be held in Kontiolahti FIN between 21 and 24 November 2002. These races are open to all GBR potential team members.
28 August 2002
MASS START INCLUDED IN OLYMPICS
The IOC Executive Board decided on 28 August 2002 that the Mass Start competition will be included in the programme of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino ITA, without increasing the number of athletes.
5 August 2002
JASON SKLENAR VOTED "ATHLETES' REP"
Jason Sklenar has been elected as the "Athlete's Representative" on the BBU Board, by the athletes currently in the National Squads. Jason replaces Mike Dixon who retired after Salt Lake City having been the Athletes' Rep since the foundation of the BBU in 1996 and the spokesman for the teams for many years before that when the BSF ran biathlon in GBR.
Jason is a Corporal in the Royal Engineers and when not on military duties or training with the GBR squads, finds time to to study for the Open University. Oh, and he also found time to compete at Salt Lake City (where he was the top GBR athlete), 10 years after his inaugural Olympic appearance at Albertville (Les Saisies) in 1992. Welcome to the Board!
5 August 2002
LOFER WELCOME FOR OVERSEAS TRAINING CAMP
The first overseas training camp of the new Olympic cycle begins today at the BOA Training Centre at Lofer in the Austrian Alps. Both the Men's World and European Cup Squads will be training there for 2 weeks under the direction of National Coach Ian Woods.
12 July 2002
It is deep regret that we announce the death of Pete Young after a long battle with cancer. Pete, a blind athlete, achieved the unique distinction of representing GBR in both Biathlon and Cross Country in the Paralympic Games.
7 July 2002
RAF FIRST FOR CARL!
Apologies to RAF St Mawgan's Carl Carrier who was omitted from our first published list of the European Cup squad. Perhaps this was because he became the first ever Royal Air Force biathlete to be selected for a GB squad since a very young Gordon Seaton was a junior! MORE
3 July 2002
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2 July 2002
▄BERLINGEN PLANE CRASH
The BBU has send a message of condolence to the Russian Biathlon Union following the ▄berlingen plane crash on Monday. The children who were killed came from Ufa, a candidate city for the 2006 Junior World Championships and centre of Biathlon in the region of Bashkortostan.
30 June 2002 - Nice FRA
9th April 1976 - 22nd May 2002
It is with deep regret that we announce the tragic death of Marine Martin Blackley in a diving accident in Inverness.
"Fish" burst on to the biathlon racing scene as a member of the 45 Cdo RM team in Les Saisies in 1996, finishing as British Junior runner up in the 10 km Sprint and in 3rd place in the 15 km Individual. In his first year as a Senior in 1997 he was in the winning 45 Cdo RM 4 x 7.5 km Relay Team at the British Championships, and made his debut in the British European Cup Team.
He was an amusing, kind, very intelligent and most talented athlete. He was an ever present member of the European Cup Team until 2001 when, although on the "long list" for the Olympic Winter Games 2002, he was forced to retire from biathlon due to injury.
The Board and all Members of the BBU mourn his loss, and to his parents James and Jeanette, his family, colleagues in the Royal Marines and the British Teams and to his many friends in Ross-shire, we offer our deepest sympathy.