Biathlon Canada Announces IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Team

Biathlon Canada has named 16 athletes to represent Team Canada at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria.  The IBU Youth/Junior World Championships is one of the most important events for developing biathletes from around the world. It is a stepping stone to the highest level of the sport, and is where many of the future great biathletes begin to make a mark on their international careers.  


Biathlon Canada has selected eight male, and eight female athletes from across the nation.  The team will head to Europe for a week of training, before beginning competition on the 27th of February.  For most athletes, this will be their first time competing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three athletes are making their international debut at the 2021 Youth World Championships. Congratulations to Liam Connon, Simon Gauthier, and Vincent Girard.  . 


2021 IBU Youth World Championships Team

Claire Nguyen-Cao – Calgary AB – Biathlon Alberta Training Centre

Finn Berg – Calgary AB – Calgary Biathlon Racers

Jenna Sherrington – Calgary AB – Foothills Nordic Ski Club & Biathlon Alberta Training Centre

Liam Connon – Prince George BC – Nordic Performance Development Centre

Naomi Walch – Calgary AB – Biathlon Alberta Training Centre

Pascale Paradis – Calgary AB – University of Alaska & Biathlon Alberta Training Centre

Simon Gauthier – Calgary AB – Foothills Nordic Ski Club

Vincent Girard – Chicoutimi QC – Club Biathlon Sag – Lac



2021 IBU Junior World Championships Team

Anna Sellers – Canmore AB – Team CrossCut

Benita Peiffer – Whistler BC – Alberta World Cup Academy 

Gillian Gowling – Calgary AB – Sea to Sky Nordics & Alberta World Cup Academy 

Haldan Borglum – Calgary AB – Biathlon Alberta Training Centre

Larissa Black – Squamish BC – Alberta World Cup Academy 

Logan Pletz – Regina SK – Whistler Nordic Development Centre  

Ryan Elden – Quesnel BC – Whistler Nordic Development Centre  

Reid Lovstrom – Calgary AB – Biathlon Alberta Training Centre




Erick Gosselin: Head Wax Tech

Jacqueline Akerman: COVID-19 lead

Jeff Lodge: Coach

Jessica Blenkarn: Head Coach

Marc Couture: Assistant Wax Tech

Matthias Ahrens: Coach


We look forward to watching these athletes compete on the world stage! 


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