Biathlon PEI would like to welcome you to our website. This website has been designed to provide up-to-date information regarding our team. This information, which includes sport reports, schedules, and announcements, is important to all players, coaches, and fans.
Biathlon PEI was resurrected in 2005 after several inactive years following the conclusion of the Canada Games in 1991. We have an excellent facility at Brookvale Nordic center with a 24 lane Biathlon range that was recently refurbished to Biathlon Canada competition standards.
Biathlon PEI is incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Companies Act of PEI. We are a member of Sport PEI and we are affiliated as a Division with Biathlon Canada. Through these affiliations we carry liability insurance coverage and accident insurance for our members.
We offer a full range of programs from introductory levels to the elite athlete level.
For the past two years we have hosted an Atlantic Cup competition on PEI, part of the emerging Atlantic Canada Biathlon competition circuit. We also have an active officials and coaching development program.
For more information contact us.
WHAT IS BIATHLON?
Biathlon comes from the Greek word meaning “two contests”. Biathlon is an Olympic winter sport which combines competitive, cross-country skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship.
The sport originates from Scandinavia hundreds of years ago. It was originally used as a form of hunting, however it has now evolved into an exciting high paced winter sport.
Biathlon is the most watched winter sport in many parts of Europe, and it is common to have well over 50,000 people attending World Cup events.
Several other competition forms of movement and shooting - such as ski archery, snowshoe Biathlon, running and shooting and disabled Biathlon - are also normally included in the general category of Biathlon. The word competition is used in Biathlon instead of race because it is not only a race but a combination of two different competitive activities.
The combination of two very contradictory disciplines, skiing and shooting, in the same competition confronts an athlete with a very demanding challenge. Cross-country racing requires intense, full out physical exertion over an extended period of time while shooting demands extremely fine control and stability. When athletes arrive at the shooting range, they have to shoot at a very small target, with a racing heartbeat and heaving chest because the clock is running even while they are shooting.
For more information about the exciting and challenging sport of Biathlon, please contact the Biathlon PEI office.
Be sure to visit us often here at http://www.sport.ca/biathlonpei/