Challenged Athletes Foundation Nordic Skiing and Biathlon Clinic
What: The Idaho chapter of the Challenged Athletes Foundation is hosting its first Nordic skiing and biathlon clinic for adaptive athletes as young as 6 years old. No experience is required. Attendees will receive world-class training from Paralympians and Olympic biathlon and skiing coaches.
Why: In Idaho there are an estimated 200,000 individuals living with disabilities, many of whom are eligible to receive support and benefit from CAF’s programs. Clinics hosted by CAF-Idaho exist to strengthen the existing adaptive sports community and empower individuals with permanent physical challenges in the State of Idaho by providing access to sports and fitness.
- Saturday, January 18
- 9:00-11:00 - Beginners will focus on Nordic, advanced will begin full biathlon training
- 11:30-1:00 - Lunch and classroom activity for both groups
- 1:00-3:00 - Beginners will focus on shooting, advanced will continue comprehensive
- 3:00-3:45 - Showcase of abilities, short race where beginners and advanced will be paired
- 6:00-8:00 - Athlete dinner with panel discussion with elite coaches
- Sunday, January 19 is a free ski day for clinic attendees to practice the skills they learned alongside coaches and Paralympians
Where: Attendees will stay at and train outside the Osprey Lodge at Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Dr., Tamarack, Idaho 83615.
Attendees of note include:
- BethAnn M. Chamberlain - US Paralympic Nordic Development Coach
- Eric Reynolds - Olympian and coach of Sara Studebaker (Boise biathlete, Nordic Coach & retired US Olympic biathlete)
- Greg Mallory – Two-time Paralympian
- Kevin Holtry - Boise-based adaptive athlete, Boise Police Department
- Kristina Sabasteanski - Two-time Olympian and veteran
- Marc Mast - Elite Nordic coach and designer of adaptive Nordic equipment
- Sean Halstead - Three-time Paralympian and veteran
- Willie Stewart – Paralympian and CAF National Spokesperson
- Wilson Dippo – US Paralympic Nordic Coach, Bogus Basin Nordic Team