The 2014 IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships are just around the corner now, and County students are learning all about it!

A local School program committee and area educators are teaching students about the sport of biathlon, and are even scheduling field trips so that students can witness the live-action global championships. Students are learning about biathlon, which includes history of the biathlon, country flags, biathlon vocabulary, and other helpful resources.


Elaine Hendrickson, school program chair, has invited local teachers to register for a field trip to the championships and also offered the opportunity for a Maine Winter Sports Center athlete to visit the classroom.

According to Hendrickson, 18 schools with about 1,700 students have currently registered to attend the event.  Many schools have multiple grade levels attending, including schools in Mapleton, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, Caribou, Woodland, New Sweden, Houlton, Mars Hill, Ashland, Stacyville, Dyer Brook, Van Buren, St. Francis, and the Aroostook County Home School Group.

Teachers can also arrange school visits by Maine Winter Sports athletes and Hendrickson, who offers a presentation that enhances the material included in the Teacher’s Guide.

Each student will receive a commemorative bell upon their arrival, and committee members will be available to answer questions any student or teacher might have.

The 2014 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships are scheduled for February 28 until March 7 at the Nordic Heritage Sports Center. The global event is facilitated by an organizing committee and numerous volunteers and welcomes over 400 biathletes and their coaches and support staff to compete in beautiful Northern Maine. For more information on the event, visit

For more information on the biathlon school program, contact Elaine Hendrickson at

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