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Tom Wilkinson Represented Australia at the IBU Development Camp

(Tom’s on the bottom RHS of the photo. Image credit : Ryan Buckley)

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Junior IBU/IOC development camp held in Lenzerheide Switzerland in December last year with Lulu and coach Ryan Buckley. I trained and lived with other athletes from different countries around the world at the Lenzerheide biathlon arena. I shared a room with the two Kiwi’s, Campbell and Angus as well as Hans Christian from Estonia. The training required us to ski a lot, and we were usually too tired to do anything else but train, ski and sleep. Thankfully, a highlight of the camp was the abundance of good food served at the biathlon arena dining hall. We often started our day with a 2 hour ski along the ski track at the biathlon arena and followed this up with couple of hours interval training at the range after lunch. In the evenings we had Dry fire sessions with our training groups and coaches followed by information seminars from equipment companies, including Anschutz and Atomic. The seminars were very informative and detailed. We had a waxing seminar and an information session about changes to the IBU rules and their impact on us. It was great to be under the instruction of some excellent IBU coaches to give me helpful tips along the way to improve my own training and performance. I learnt to change my skiing technique by skiing in a more upright position, and worked on a smoother skiing rhythm. I hope to be able to put these skills into practice during the Australian winter. This intensive program enabled me to get a broader view of different training styles, and at the same time form long lasting friendships with others who feel the same about biathlon as I do. A huge thanks to Ryan Buckley for being a terrific coach, he helped me a lot throughout the trip. I am also very appreciative of Australian Biathlon for providing this fantastic opportunity for me to enhance my training and being able to immerse myself in biathlon in Europe. Thomas Wilkinson

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