CROSS Country week kicked off at the Nordic Shelter at Perisher last weekend in wintry conditions with the oldest and newest events - the KCros Tour, one of the oldest traditional cross country races, and in its second year, Fast and Female.
Originally set up in Canada, Fast and Female now has its own Australian organisation co-directed by Allison Stoddart and Brooke Darlington. It's a great motivational concept which aims to inspire young girls to get involved in a healthy lifestyle, it's mission is empowerment through sport.
"What we're trying to do is encourage girls aged 9 to 19 to lead active healthy lives, also providing nutritional information, goal setting and planning sessions and in the future parent sessions will be a part of the program," Alison said.
"It's not just the physical side but the whole spectrum."
There was a great turnout on the day, with 31 girls participating. The program caters for all levels of ability. The girls were split into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups, each learning skills at three different stations of biathlon, using the newly installed Faezor Laser Biathlon system, double poling techniques, and downhill skiing skills.
Lead by some of Australia's top female cross country skiers, ambassadors include Lucy Glanville who has been named in the shadow Olympic team, Sabrina Howell, d'Arcy Baxter, Sarah Slattery, Pip Daley, Sally Cunningham and co directors Brooke Darlington and Allison Stoddart.
All were there on Saturday giving advice and encouragement. A great way for young girls to learn something new and get motivated to lead healthy lifestyles.
Cross Country Ski Week continues all week until August 10. For more info go to www.perisherxcountry.org, or www.facebook.com/fastandfemaleausinc