The New Zealand cross-country skiing age-group
championships takes place at Snow Farm on the Pisa Range today.
The 3km race will feature U8, U10, U12 and U14 age group
categories, while in the 5km distance, there are U16, U18,
U20 and veteran sections.
Among the entrants will be Hawea Flat skier and biathlete
Campbell Wright (11) - the undisputed U12, 7km Australasian
cross-country skiing champion, who won both the Straggle
Muster at Snow Farm last month and the Joey race in
Australia's Kangaroo Hoppet.
Snow Farm will also host the cross-country skiing secondary
school championships on September 21 and 22, and at the end
of September - in the first weekend of the school holidays -
the Australian junior squad will be at Snow Farm to contest
the first Oceania youth championships.
Snow Farm is also a hub of activity for the winter sport of
biathlon this season.
Biathlon New Zealand executive committee chairman John
Burridge said the Australian Federation of the International
Biathlon Union had advised the IBU they wanted the Snow Farm
to become the event centre for all biathlon Oceania
The biathlon range is hosting 22 Japanese athletes, a Swiss,
an American and New Zealand's first biathlon Olympian, Sarah
Murphy, all training for the chance to go to the Sochi 2014
Winter Olympics next February.