This past week, the International Children’s Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria. The ICG is a multi-sport event officially recognized and supported by the IOC but are organized independently similar to the Youth Olympic Games.

For the first time that we are aware, Biathlon was one of the sports in this, the 7th International Children’s Winter Games. Four biathletes from the Telemark Biathlon Club participated as part of the team from the City of Kelowna. They were the only Canadian Biathlon team at the event and announcers routinely shouted “Representing CANADA….!
Left to Right: Coach Lorraine Friesen, Cameron Janssen, Rory Hay, Kira Friesen, McKenna Banser and Coach Andrew Hay.

Cameron came home with a silver medal in the mixed team relay. This is a truly mixed team as the City/Country teams are mixed together 2 boys and 2 girls all from different cities in the team. While medals are always nice, the true benefit was in the experience these young athletes had and friendships forged all through participating in sport.

Here is a link to the ICG website video taken at the biathlon competition showing Telemark athletes:

More information can be found on the International Children’s Games website.