DYLLAN Harmer would love a spot on the podium at Saturday’s Australian biathlon championships but his eyes are on a bigger prize.
The Wodonga 20-year-old will compete at Mount Hotham in the individual title — a 20-kilometre race, broken down into five laps, with shooting stations demanding physically-fatigued cross country skiers shoot five targets before beginning another circuit.
But Harmer yesterday said his big aim was the northern winter and biathlon world cups.
He has already qualified for the Sochi winter Olympics and needs the good grace of the International Biathlon Union to nominate how many Australians can compete and then the Australian Olympic Committee to pick him.
“So far it has been a lot of dry-land training — riding, running, roller skiing and gym,” Harmer said.
“I took part in the Birkenbeiner at Falls Creek last week (a 21-kilometre cross-country race as part of the Hoppet) and finished fourth so I feel I’m in good form.
“The national biathlon title would be a nice touch to the season but we are using it as an on-snow pre-season camp ahead of the northern hemisphere ski season.
“There are two already qualified for the Olympics — it just comes down to whether we are selected.”