Guidelines for biathlon training and events during the COVID-19 pandemic in NSW
This page is designed to cover the Hotham Biathlon Arena activities and off-mountain training activities covered by Victorian legislation and restrictions For those living in other States/Territories, they should familiarise themselves with their State/Territory of residence’s specific requirements.
The Australian Biathlon Association runs the unique sport of biathlon in Australia, which involves cross country skiing combined with small bore shooting, practised exclusively at the Hotham Biathlon Arena.
When not at the Hotham Biathlon Arena, our members practise target rifle shooting, rollerskiing, strength and fitness training and other forms of cross training, close to/at home.
Our sport needs to meet the safety criteria and restrictions for shooting, as well as take heed of restrictions for cross country skiing; when rollerskiing/running off-snow, biathletes need to take heed of restrictions for that activity/the nearest approximation in sport.
The Return to Biathlon Guidelines are designed to support anyone involved in delivering or participating in biathlon to do so within current Federal and State/Territory COVID-19 Restrictions. We hope these guidelines, read in conjunction with our Return to Play Checklist and other resources, will help you get back to enjoying biathlon as safely as possible if you choose to.
This is an evolving situation so please check the latest information from the NSW Sports website on resumption of sports
depending on numbers, training may be staggered
bring your own hand sanitiser and water bottle/snacks
keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart)
no competitions (no racing of any kind, no “fun” races, no “tagging” games)
no sharing of mats
no sharing of other equipment unless unavoidable
no handshakes, high fives, hugging, etc
mats to be cleaned before and after use Skiing/running etc
no more than 10 in a group, non-contact
Return to Biathlon Guidelines
To keep the biathlon and wider community safe, we must all take responsibility to minimise the effect of COVID-19. The person organising the event will be the designated COVOD-19 officer, responsible for a record of attenders of that event and ensuring that social distancing, cleaning and other requirements are met. As at 4 June, no racing or competitive activity of any kind is permitted; racing includes “fun” races and “tagging” games.
Before you play
Please stay at home if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or have even mild flu-like symptoms. If you are in a high risk health category (including aged 65 years or over and have a chronic medical condition e.g. coronary heart disease, suffer from severe asthma, taking certain medications), please consider whether you should be administering or taking part in biathlon at any time during this period, please do not take unnecessary risks.
Attending biathlon activities
Only people core to playing or coaching should be at the venue
This includes at parents of younger children
All of these people must be able to observe social distancing at all times (see section below)
Everyone, regardless of their role, must arrive and leave as close as possible to when they need to at the venue
• Keep 1.5 metres away from other people and no more than 1 person per 4m2 while attending / taking part in a biathlon activity
• Remember no handshakes or High Fives
To protect against infection, you should:
• Wash/sterilise your hands before and after you play
• Avoid touching your face while playing
• Not share water bottles and bring your own bottle, already full
• Bring your own hand sanitiser
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow
• Be aware of what surfaces you touch and ensure you clean them after play
• Outdoor biathlon activity that can be conducted in small groups of no more than 10 while social distancing of 1.5 metres apart
• Stagger programs and booking times to create a buffer between sessions for people to enter and leave the venue
• Cleaning of mats before and after events
• Leave all except essential gear in the car; what you need, leave outside the range hut
• There should be no social gatherings. Get in, play and get out.
• Ensure coaching activity can be conducted in small groups (not more than 10 people on the range including eight shooters, plus enough supporters for safety) and with adequate spacing (not more than 1 person per 4m2).
• Do not let the student handle any coaching equipment
• Where sharing of rifles is required, ensure scrupulous attention to cleaning in between users
Providing a clean environment in which to participate in biathlon is critical at this time. Display signage about handwashing and hygiene techniques at strategic points like range entry area
• Clean all communal equipment ie. Mats, rifle racks if used
• Ensure toilet facilities are clean
• Have cleaning protocols in place for equipment and facilities
• No socialising or group meals
At all times, sport and recreation organisations must respond to the directives of Public Health Authorities. Localised outbreaks may require sporting organisations to again restrict activity and those organisations must be ready to respond accordingly. The detection of a positive COVID-19 case in a sporting or recreation club or organisation will result in a standard public health response, which could include quarantine of an individual or large group, and close contacts, for the required period.
Read the latest information from the NSW Sports website on resumption of sports