Iari (pronounced Yari) coaches the junior racing program in addition to coaching the Junior HP and Senior HP programs. Iari has a degree in Physical Education from the Ukraine and is a fully certified Level 4 Coach. He coached in the Ukraine from 1976 to 1997, before moving to Canada with his family to become the head coach for Biathlon Manitoba. He coached in Manitoba until 2008 when he moved to Calgary to become the head coach of Foothills Nordic Ski Club until the formation of CBR in 2012. Iaroslav brings a wealth of experience to the club having coached internationally and in Canada and is the club’s mastermind behind developing new biathletes. In his free time Iari enjoys wood working and spending time with his grandchildren.
Airat is originally from Western Siberia, Russia with several stops along the way. He raced cross country in his youth and earned a BA in International Relations from Tyumen State University in Russia and a Masters in Public Administration from Drake University in the United States. Airat moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2007 to work as a Sport Development manager for the Alberta Biathlon Club. Beginning in 2008, he coached the Biathlon Bears and then the Junior Development program at Foothills Nordic Ski Club until the formation of CBR in 2012. Airat designs the training program for the club and also sets the training schedule for all groups. His primary coaching duties are Youth HP and 3P groups, however Airat does coach younger groups at training camps or assisting Iaroslav when necessary. Airat has been a part of Team Alberta coaching staff at Canadian National Championships for the past 4 years and also coached Team Canada’s Youth Men at 2017 World Youth and Junior Biathlon Championship in Osrblie, Slovakia. When not coaching Airat’s biggest passion is travel… by motorcycle, on pavement and off. Among his other interests are photography, reading books, exploring the mountains on foot, bicycle or motorbike, and keeping a pulse on the state of current international affairs (old habit).
Each year at our AGM, the Calgary Biathlon Racers club membership elects a new executive board.