It is with sadness, but with enormous gratitude for their services to British biathlon, that we announce the departure from the BBU of Simon (Ginge) Allanson and Marcel Laponder.
Both have just “signed off” from the Army and during the next few months will be wrapping up their Army careers at 3 RHA and 39 Engr Regt respectively. We may see them on snow racing for their Regimental teams before they finally join “civvie street”.
Ginge was a World Cup biathlete from 2007 until 2011 when he retired following injury. He competed in three World and two European Championships and is still the only British biathlete to have ever had a Podium position (not one, but two in the Junior European Cup 2005). Having managed the Juniors at their 2012 World Championships he then became the World Cup Assistant Team Manager, starting with the 2012 World Championships through to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, after which he became World Cup Team Manager – a post which now becomes vacant. Marcel, who was born in South Africa came to the sport (and snow) only in his 20s, and first raced World Cup in 2008. He represented GBR in exactly 50 WC Individual / Sprint events and a further 30 Relays and has competed in seven World Championships.