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Oct. 26, 2017

Pizza Party and Annual Meeting of the Membership

Aliby Room Greenwwod
(more details coming soon)

Send in your pics from this year and they will be added to the annual slide show:

2017 Elections

This Tuesday, August 8th was the most recent WBA Board meeting. Under our by-laws the August Board meeting opens the annual Board election nomination period and the September meeting, set for September 19th, closes the nomination period. This year the positions up for election are President, Secretary, Athlete's Representative and Board Positions #1 and #3. Current incumbents are;
Bob Vallor, President
Sibylle Wilbert, Secretary
Rich McClung, Athletes Representative
Cory Hoeger, Board Position #1
Sabine Arnold, Board Position #3
It is anticipated that all will seek reelection. By-laws regarding nominations and elections are below. It is recommended that members interested in running for office submit their nomination and named second to the Elections Administrator, Victor Woo at victor.woo(at)

Article 5: Election of Board of Directors

Section 2. Term of Office. All officers and board members shall serve a term of two (2) years with the President and Secretary being elected in odd numbered years (e.g., 2005) and the Vice-President and Treasurer being elected in even numbered years (e.g., 2006). At-Large Board positions #1 and #3 will be elected in odd numbered years. At-Large Board positions #2 and #4 will be elected in even number years. The Athlete Representative shall serve a term of one (1) year. All terms of office shall begin on the First of November following the Annual Membership meeting. However, should the Annual Membership meeting be postponed for any reason, all terms of office will be extended through the end of the rescheduled annual meeting.
Section 3. Nominations. A candidate for a position of the board of Directors must be nominated and seconded by an association member who is eligible to vote. A candidate may nominate him/herself, but cannot second, him/herself. Nominations may be made in advance to any board member or the election coordinator during the nomination period from the August board meeting until the September board meeting. All nominees are encouraged to provide the Election Administrator with a brief (100 words) summary of their qualifications. Copies of each submitted summary will be provided to the membership with the e-mailed ballots and will be posted on the Association's web page.

Confirmed Summer Schedule (more to come shortly)

June 24 - Beginner clinic in East Wenatchee
July 9 - Mass Start at SPAA (set up and practice on July 8)
July 23 - Individual at SPAA (set up and practice on July 22)
August 20 - Mass Start at SPAA (set up and practice on Aug 19)

Please check back for more dates/locations added soon.

Dare to dream of 2018?

The 2017 Biathlon World Championships have just ended. They have been historic for the United States. Lowell Bailey's gold in the individual is a best ever for the USA. If you want a thrill, go to YouTube, type in 'pro biathlon' and find the competition and watch it. Whether it was the best peaking ever done for the USA or what, what happened with Lowell Bailey in Hochfilzen, Austria was an amazing performance by an amazing athlete. After Tim Burke's rise to the top of the World Cup points list for a time in the very recent past all this bodes well for America and Biathlon.

Bailey won the Individual championship, the first ever World Championship gold for the USA. An awesome feat. And appropriate, as the Individual was the original Biathlon event at the 1958 World Championships and the 1960 Olympics at Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe), California, USA.

But looking at Bailey's overall results, it is even more amazing. Behind that great Individual format performance, Bailey was strong throughout these championships.

In the 10k Sprint he was fourth just 6.5 seconds off of a bronze medal.

In the Pursuit he was sixth, just 9 seconds off a medal.

In the Mass Start he was sixth again, 10 seconds out of bronze.

In the Relay, where the USA was seventh, Bailey posted the 18th fastest leg out of 104 legs.

Bailey competed in six races and was in the top ten in five of them. Another amazing result. Only in the Mixed Relay (USA 16th) did he miss the top 10. But there he posted the 19th fastest leg of 50 men despite two hand loaded rounds

Bailey's shooting in Austria was equally amazing. 20 for 20 in the Individual. 20 for 20 in the Mass Start, 19 for 20 in the Pursuit, 10 for 10 in the Sprint, 10 for 10, with one extra round in the relay and 10 for 10 with two extra rounds in the Mixed Relay.

France's great and gracious Martin Forcade said something very telling after finishing third behind Bailey in the Individual. He said he was pleased and that it was good for biathlon that someone other than a European took gold. Following up on that, only the great Miriam Bedard of Canada at 1994 at the Olympics had ever taken a biathlon gold by a non-European.

Pyeongchang in 2018? Do we dare dream?

Effective Zero & Mentail Training

Wednesday, February 8

Lecture style class focused on zeroing practices and how to prepare for races without rifle work.

Bryn Black will give a breakdown on how to effectively zero your rifle before a race and some mental exercises to get you race ready even if you don't have time to hit the range (or don't have a rifle at the ready). Great for folks new to biathlon and the experienced veteran.

HomeStreet Bank
7307 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Cost: Free
What to Bring: Paper and pen only

RSVP Required as space is limited.
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