Locals heading to FIS Alpine World Juniors
Alpine Canada has selected 11 athletes – five women, six men – to represent Canada at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships in Val di Fassa, Italy, Feb. 18-27.
Among those 11 athletes are Cranbrook resident Jamie Casselman, of Team Panorama/Kimberley Alpine Team and Invermere’s Amelia Smart of the Panorama Ski Club.
The selections were made based on outlined criteria, which include their World Junior Rankings and performance in NorAm Cup racing.
“The World Junior Championships provide an excellent opportunity for these up-and-coming athletes to gain valuable international racing experience, as well as see how they match up against their peers from the other top ski racing nations around the world,” said Brien Perry, Director of Domestic Sport for Alpine Canada.
The full list of racers who will compete for Canada is:
Jamie Casselman (Team Panorama – Kimberley Alpine Team);
Amelia Smart (Panorama Ski Club);
Ali Nullmeyer (Georgian Peaks Ski Club);
Asher Jordan (Whistler Mountain Ski Club);
Beatrix Lever (Club de courses Mont Cascades);
Declan McCormack (Osler Bluff Ski Club);
Justine Clement (Club de ski Stoneham);
Kyle Alexander (Vancouver/Whistler Mountain Ski Club);
Marina Vilanova (Montreal/Club de ski Mont-Tremblant);
Raphael Lessard (Club de ski de Bromont).
Supporting Canada’s World Junior Alpine Ski Team in Italy are ladies’ head coach and project lead, Jennifer Stielow (Alpine Canada); ladies’ team technician Boyd Callaway (Sporting Life); men’s team head coach Peter Rybarik (Alpine Canada); men’s team assistant coach and technician Gavin McNutt (Alpine Canada); and men’s team assistant coach Nick Cooper (B.C. Alpine).
Lead image: Jamie Casselman in action. Alpine Canada Alpin photos