Experience Level Beginner to expert
Association / Organisation NSW Biathlon/ ACT Biathlon


Biathlon is a winter Olympic sport that combines the thrill of cross-country skiing (skate discipline) with the skill of rifle shooting.

The skiing is around a set course and the shooting happens at a rifle range within that course. Athletes aim to shoot five targets on the range. Each miss is recorded and results in skiing a penalty loop or incurring a time penalty.

There are heaps of ways to get involved in biathlon! There’s everything from social participation through to elite competition, along with coaching, volunteering and much more.

Biathlon is a great sport for beginners who can start on a prone shooting position with larger targets and more stability. You can then progress to a standing position and smaller targets.  This means that people of all abilities can start and progress within the sport, finding the right level of challenge along the way. 

In addition to 0.22 biathlon, laser biathlon is also available, which eliminates the need for a firearms license and means that family members under 12 can participate making this a truly family activity.

If competing is for you, there are both sprint and distance races that vary in length according to your age category. Races are either mass start or individual start with timed intervals (usually 30 seconds) between each athlete.

For those not a fan of the cold, roller-skiing, bike-riding or running is substituted for cross country skiing, making this sport available all year round!

To find how to get involved in one of the many opportunities in biathlon, get in contact with us today.

Equipment Required/Supplied

Roller-skis, lasers and .22 rifles are available through NSW Biathlon/ ACT Biathlon