The NSW Rollerski Championships was run today in Western Sydney. Competitors skated over a 3.14km course of flat terrain in thankfully mild weather.
This year in addition to the main race there was a staggered relay race. Two teams had to cover the Championship distance with each team member positioned at different spots on the course. Their team mate would tag them and they in turn tag the next person until the turnaround point where they went back again and tagged off back over the same course. It was pretty competitive, but in the end team A won by 13 seconds.
This year also saw the introduction of a Laser biathlon event. The Laser system uses light beams instead of bullets and we can use them in public parks. Each competitor skied a 200m lap then shot prone, then skied another lap, shot standing and then skied a final lap. The distance was just right for bringing up the heart rate and adding a level of fatigue. For every miss the competitor had to spin around on the spot or as it was quickly called the spin of shame. We found this format quite realistic and a good way to practise biathlon in the off-season.
A big thank-you to Roller-ski Australia and City of Parramatta Council for their support.
Results - Class Winners
Mens Masters - Nour Eldin Tarraf
Womens Masters - Jenny Kent
Womens Open - Jillian Colebourn
Male U13 - Alberto Allan
Happy with his prize - a big thankyou to our Sponsors!
The Laser biathlon system in use. (Standing position)
The transition from rollerskis to the mat and into the prone position can be a tricky one.
No time to lose.
Ready, set, GO!
Zeroing the rifles before the start