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    • AltaGas Club Coaching Final Report from Highlands Trailblazers

      May 10, 2012


      Highlands Trailblazers (HTB) has always recognized the need for professional coaching, but having the Alta Gas grant through Cross Country Canada provided us with the critical resources to make it a full-time position. The resulting activities that have been generated at the club have been nothing short of phenomenal. Overall it has helped us to develop:

      1)  infrastructure to align with LTAD programming,

      2)  expanded high performance programs for our developing athletes

      3)  enhanced Biathlon programs to run alongside our cross-country programs

      In Year One (2009/10) there were a number of key elements for us. For the first time we had one complete document outlining our various development programs that showed the alignment with the LTAD model. The other milestone was having attendance at Ontario dryland camps and representation at all 4 Ontario Cup events plus the National Championships. A HTB website was created and some programs were offered on Wednesday nights under a new 2.5km lighted trail loop.

      In Year Two, (2010/11) we continued with our year-one initiatives and experienced growth in most of our  athlete development areas.  HTB started having year-round training sessions, introduced a Mountain Bike/Biathlon summer camp, and developed our own home based wax cabin. There were 13 athletes from HTB attending the National Championships.  

      In Year Three (2011/12), we redefined our focus on the higher performance development programs. We merged the dryland training component for our Nordic and Biathlon athletes, expanded racing opportunities into the U.S. and introduced a glacier camp into the program.

      We just had the club’s end of season banquet on Saturday night. As a testament to how far the club has come we had our best ever turnout with over 120 members participating in the evening.  We certainly have Alta Gas to thank for our “coming of age” into the CCC Nordic community.   

      Respectfully submitted:

      Larry Sinclair