Ages: HS: 13-17 PS: 18-24

Biathlon Academy

The Sovereign Lake Nordic Development Academy, in partnership with Okanagan School District #22 Snowsports Academy, offers Western Canada’s only high-performance training program for Cross Country and Biathlon athletes in grades 8 through 12. This program caters to athletes with a commitment to academic and athletic excellence within the common high school timetable.
This Program has established a pathway to post-secondary excellence, tying in with our Post-Secondary Program. For athletes who intend to ski throughout university, our program will collaborate with UBCO and Okanagan College to provide a seamless transition from high school to Post-Secondary Academics.
International caliber coaching staff guide you through your high school racing career. Sovereign Lake is unparalleled when it comes to early and late season training opportunities, hosting the first and last on-snow camps of the season in partnership with Biathlon BC. With FIS and National Calibre Biathlon races planned each season at our venue, there is a real hometown advantage for athletes attending our program.

Eligibility:
  • Currently enrolled in a Regional High School (or online program) in Grade 8 through 12. Need help finding a school, contact us!
  • Must have a valid Student Season Pass
  • Must possess a Minor’s Permit and provide your own rifle*
  • An online Onboarding Session is required*
  • Maximum 30 participants across both Cross Country and Biathlon Programs for the 2022-23 season
  • Registration Deadline: April 30th, 2022.

 

Cost Schedule: $3400/year

Why Join the SLNC Nordic Development Academy?

  • Integration with Okanagan School District #22 provides students with daytime training in Block A/B of the common timetable permitting the entire ski team the chance to train together, regardless of school or grade.
  • All Grade 11 and 12 students will attain NCCP Introduction to Community Coaching and Community Coaching Courses as part of their curriculum with scheduled Bunny Rabbits and Jack Rabbits Coaching, and/or Biathlon Bears coaching sessions.
  • A CANSI Level 1 Instructors Course may be offered at a discount for Academy athletes.
  • NCCP Biathlon Coaching Courses will be subsidized.
  • Full Waxing Support and Coaching Support at Team Led events,
  • Athletes receive a Physical Education credit.
Consultation and approval to participate in this program must be given by XC Ski Academy Coach Jacqueline Akerman and Snowsports Nordic Academy teacher Glen Stiven before registering. This is to ensure that the Academy is a good “fit” for student athletes and that they are aware of  – and appropriately prepared for –  the demands of Academy training and academic study.

*If you came up through our SLNC program you may be able to continue renting a rifle for a total of 3 years as per club policy.

Program Details

Dates
July 4th, 2022 - March 31st, 2023 (School Snowsports Academy Semester runs September 6th, 2022 - Jan 27th, 2023) + May and June Training Camps
Sessions per Week
3 to 4 days dryland, 5 to 6 on-snow. Year Round Weekly Training Program.
Length of Session
1.5 to 3
Cost
$3400
The Sovereign Lake Nordic Development Academy offers Western Canada’s only high-performance training program for Biathlon athletes transitioning from high school to post-secondary education streams.
For the athlete that is looking to continue racing immediately after high school who may (or may not) want to attend a post-secondary institution, our program targets individuals looking to stay in the sport with a strong support network.  This program caters strongly to those athletes with a commitment to academic and athletic excellence.
Our team of full-time year-round coaching staff will help guide you through your post-secondary racing career. Sovereign Lake is unparalleled when it comes to early and late season training opportunities, hosting the first and last on-snow camps of the season. At an elevation of 1600m, we offer daily high elevation programming on arguably some of the best, groomed trails in the world.
With FIS and National Caliber Biathlon races planned each season at our venue, there is a real hometown advantage for athletes attending our program. With lower living costs, close proximity to one of the top 40 universities in the world, and an international airport less than one hour away, SLNC is an obvious choice when considering post-secondary training opportunities.

 

Eligibility:
  • High School Graduate between 18 and 24.
  • Post-Secondary School enrollment is preferred.
  • An online Onboarding Session is required*
  • Maximum 12 Participants for the 2022-23 season between XC and Biathlon.
  • Must possess a valid PAL and have your own rifle.
  • Registration Deadline: April 30th, 2022.

 

Apply for Post Secondary Programs Here: Many programs have placements available. Contact the Academic Advisor for details.

 

Why Join our SLNC Nordic Development Academy?

  • Opportunities for students with daytime training blocks on the common timetable permit the entire ski team the chance to train together.
  • An opportunity for athletes from smaller clubs to come together with like-minded athletes to train as a larger team.
  • All Program Participants will attain NCCP Introduction to Community Coaching and Community Coaching Courses as part of their curriculum with scheduled Bunny Rabbits and Jack Rabbits and/or Biathlon Bears Coaching sessions, giving back to the ski community is an important part of being an athlete.
  • A CANSI Level 1 Instructors Course will be offered at 50% discount. CANSI instructors are in high demand at SLNC thus allowing athletes to earn extra income while attending school.
  • NCCP Biathlon Coaching Courses will be subsidized.
  • Full Waxing Support and Coaching Support at Team Led races,
  • Early and Late Season On Snow Training with almost 6 months on snow.
  • Off-season Training Camp and Plan support.
*Consultation and approval to participate in this program must be given by the Sovereign Lake Nordic Development Academy Head Coach Jacqueline Akerman. This is to ensure that the Academy is a good “fit” for student-athletes and that they are aware of  – and appropriately prepared for –  the demands of Academy training and academic study.

Program Details

Dates
May 9th, 2022 – March 31st, 2023 
Sessions per Week
3 to 4 days dryland, 5 to 6 on-snow. Year Round Weekly Training Program.
Length of Session
1.5 to 3
Cost
$3900
Registration Deadline
April 30th, 2022

 

 

Eric Schryer – Biathlon Lead Coach 

Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Eric began his journey in skiing and biathlon by striding and gliding around his property with his parents. After discovering biathlon he patiently waited until he was old enough and then began learning to shoot in his local air rifle biathlon program. This quickly evolved to teaching himself how to shoot .22 rifles with a small group of athletes. After racing domestically, Eric was quickly scooped up by the coaching world. Eric began coaching with the Chelsea Nordiq ski & biathlon club. Along with leading this talented group of biathletes, Eric coached at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and a multitude of Jr. IBU cups, IBU cups, and World Youth / Junior Championships with Team Canada. Eric is a member of Biathlon Canada’s Domestic Committee and is continuing his education in the field of psychology.

 

 

Head Coach: Jacqueline Akerman

A career ski and biathlon coach, Jacqueline has been involved as a high-performance coach for 25 years in a professional capacity. Canada Winter Games started her off as both an athlete then a coach. As a former head coach of the Camrose Ski Club and Augustana University teams, she brings extensive and diverse experience to our programs. Jacqueline, a former Jr National Development Biathlon Team athlete, transitioned into a long-term leadership career with Biathlon Canada, coaching athletes, national and junior national teams at all levels, at countless national and international events, including Youth Olympic Games, four University Games, multiple World Cups, and Championships. Her role as Coach and Athlete Development Manager and Master Coach Developer has laid a foundation on which to build a strong training environment and talented athletes. Jacqueline is a member of Nordiq Canada’s – Coach Technical Committee, proudly serving our members across the country. She has an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Coaching.
Sport has always been a focal point for Jacqueline – starting as a distance running athlete then skiing and biathlon, Jacq has a passion for the pursuit of excellence for herself and those around her, this laid the foundation to be an incredibly skilled coach. “I learned from a young age that knowledge and long-term excellence come from hard – smart work, dedication and patience. That the key to success in sport and in life is enjoying the work of continual improvement in technical, tactical, physical, mental and life skills, the best athletes are those that are very well rounded and love the pursuit of excellence through sport”.

 

 

Administration

Lynn Algra- Cadet Liaison