Athlete Development Model

Sport Canada’s LTAD model , officially adopted in 2005 and developed by a group of leading sport scientists, is an inclusive concept that encourages all individuals to be involved in lifelong physical activity. LTAD articulates the need for all children, particularly those that have the capacity and interest to become elite athletes, to be given a solid foundation in physical, technical, tactical and mental capacities upon which to build their performance abilities.

Biathlon Bears Program

Biathlon Bears is a comprehensive skills program for children between ages 8 and 14 that teaches the expertise required for the sport of biathlon. It is a 3-tiered program and participants are recognized as they progress through the levels.


The Canadian Cadet movement, offered by Canada’s Department of National Defence, offers biathlon as part of their youth programming with the overall objective being to promote physical fitness, to act as a catalyst for a cadet fitness/sports program, to promote the safe handling of rifles and to stimulate and maintain an interest in Cadets. Visit for details on events and programs.

Doping Control & Regulations

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is the custodian of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP); they set of rules that govern anti-doping in Canada. The CADP consists of several components such as in- and out-of-competition testing, education, medical exemptions, and the consequences of doping violations. The CADP is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards.

Biathlon Canada has adopted the CADP which means that you can be confident that you are part of a world-class anti-doping program that is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field.

While the CCES administers anti-doping for the Canadian sport community, you may also be subject to the rules of your international federation.

Visit the CCES Athlete Zone for more resources.