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Notre Dame Law student on track to represent Australia in biathlon
10 March 2014
After an outstanding campaign at the International Biathlon Union Cup, Law student from The University of Notre Dame Australia, Daniel Walker, is determined to go one step further and represent his country at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Daniel, a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce student at Notre Dame's Sydney Campus, recently became a step closer to realising his dream of representing Australia at the Olympics by equalling his best ever percentage at the International Biathlon Union Cup of 18.7 per cent.
Combining cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, the biathlon is a challenging discipline that requires good eyes, a sound ski technique and plenty of endurance training. Daniel will now compete at the 2015 Biathlon World Championships, an important stepping stone on his journey to Korea.
"In order to qualify for the world champs I needed to get one result within 20 percent of the leader at an IBU Cup," Daniel said.
"I have been building up to qualifying for world champs for two seasons. I love the challenging nature of the sport. Not only does it have a strength and endurance aspect but it also has a skill aspect. Biathlon is also interesting because on any day a different person could win, and it is in no way predictable."
Daniel started cross-country skiing whilst in high school and it was through cross-country skiing that he met his first biathlon coach who travelled with him to Canada in 2010-2011 to participate in his first northern hemisphere training and racing season.
"I now spend four months a year at our main training base in Russia called The Pearl of Siberia. In Australia, I also compete in our winter season and train six days a week when not competing," Daniel said.
"I am able to combine my studies and training/competition with the help of Notre Dame, by allowing a reduced subject load, one on ones with lecturers and deferred exams."
Daniel has participated in Notre Dame's Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program providing him with additional support and study flexibility to successfully integrate his studies with training and competition.
Daniel's journey to the World Championships and beyond can be followed on his blog - http://danielwalker94.wordpress.com.
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