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About the Para Biathlon World Championships

This will be the first ever Para Biathlon World Championships in history. Previously there were no Para Nordic (Biathlon) World Championships in the year that was half way through the quadrennial between Winter Paralympic Games. The International Paralympic Committee saw this as an opportunity to highlight Para Biathlon, and to create a specific Para Biathlon World Championships.

For these inaugural World Championships, these para biathletes, men and women, who are grouped into three classes for competition (sitting, standing, and vision impaired) will compete in four biathlon medal events over a period of 5 days. They truly embody the best of Paralympic sport and the Paralympic movement and will guarantee to astonish and excite the community about the possibilities of Paralympic sport.

About the Para Nordic World Cup Finals

The Para Nordic World Cup Finals is the pinnacle event of each World Cup season. The Para Nordic World Cup events includes both the sport of Para Cross Country Skiing as well as Para Biathlon (skiing and shooting) described above. As in para biathlon, these para nordic athletes, men and women, who are grouped into three classes for competition (sitting, standing, and vision impaired) will compete in 4 para Nordic medal events (one para biathlon event and three para cross country skiing events) over a period of 5 days for the highly coveted World Cup Finals crystal globe trophies.

History - The path to welcoming the world to Prince George

Canada also has a rich history of producing the world’s best Para Nordic skiers, such as 10-time Paralympic and 18-time world champion Brian McKeever. Collin Cameron, Mark Arendz, Brittany Hudak, and BC’s very own Natalie Wilkie have also reached incredible heights atop many Paralympic and Worlds podiums making Canada one of the best nations in the world in Para Nordic sports!

In continuation of these traditions the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club together with their community partners have significantly upgraded the Nordic facilities at the Otway Nordic Centre. This has enabled them to host a series of local/regional races, provincial and national championships, the Nordic events for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the highly successful 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, and most recently the 2023 Nordiq Canada Selection Trails/Nordiq Canada Continental Cup.

And now, the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and the City of Prince George have embarked on an ambitious initiative to welcome the world once again to Prince George. Following a successful bid, the International Ski Federation (FIS) in collaboration with the International Biathlon Union have selected the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and the City of Prince George to be the host for the 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships and the 2024 Para Nordic World Cup Finals to be held from March 3 to 17, 2024

Bringing Two Worlds Together

It’s a very unique opportunity to host these two world events together. For these combined events, Prince George will host approximately 120 athletes from 20 different Nations, over 200 coaches and officials, and expects thousands of visitors to attend over the duration of these two world events. Following 2 years since the Beijing Winter Paralympics, these 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships and 2024 Para Nordic World Cup will be an exciting follow-up vying for highly contested world championship medals and the highly coveted FIS World Cup Finals crystal globe trophies. These events represent an exciting opportunity to grow the para sport movement both in Canada and around the world.

Disciplines

Para Biathlon

Para Biathlon was introduced in Innsbruck in 1988 for athletes with a physical impairment, and in 1992, athletes with a vision impairment also became eligible to compete. The event consists of a 7.5 km route divided into three 2.5 km stages. Between the two stages athletes must hit two targets located at a distance of 10m. Each miss is penalized by an increase in the overall route time. The most important success factor lies in the capability of alternating the skills of physical endurance and shooting accuracy during the competition. Athletes with blindness/vision impairment are assisted by acoustic signals, which depending on signal intensity indicate when the athlete is on target. Para Biathlon is managed jointly by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) through a joint Steering Committee following the transfer of governance of Para Snow Sports from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in July 2022.

World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. February 16, 2019 - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. February 21, 2019 - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Para Cross Country Skiing

Para Cross-country skiing first appeared at the 1976 Paralympic Winter Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The competition is open to athletes with a physical impairment and blindness/vision impairment. Depending on functional impairment, a competitor may use a sit-ski, a chair equipped with a pair of skis. Athletes with blindness/vision impairment compete in the event with a sighted guide. Male and female athletes compete in Sprint, 5km, 20km (ranging from 0.8km to 20km) or participate in a team relay using classical or free techniques. Cross-country Skiing is governed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and is practiced by athletes in 24 countries.

Where The Teams are From

Brazil
Canada
People's Republic of China
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Great Britain
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Republic of Korea
Mongolia
Norway
Poland
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
United States of America

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