Solid Start for Young Canadians in Estonia


Solid Start for Young Canadians in Estonia

Canada’s Youth and Junior team got off to an excellent start on day one of the World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia today. Top results were achieved by Pascale Paradis (Foothills Nordic) and Benita Peiffer (Whistler Nordic Development Centre), 6th and 11th, respectively, in the Youth Women’s 10 km Individual competition.

Paradis, at her first Youth World Championships, commented: “I just stayed in the moment for the whole race. My favourite part was the satisfying sound of hitting my last shot, because I knew that was a good race for me. In the range I focused on myself and didn’t look at anyone else, so I wouldn’t compare myself to them. My shooting success came from not second-guessing myself and being confident in my own shooting.

The course was extremely difficult, but as the race continued it didn’t seem as daunting as when I took my first glance of the giant wall in front of me. In the flower ceremony I was still in shock – I could not believe that I had finished 6th –  it was way beyond what I expected of myself and I’ve never been happier.

I must also mention the support from the coaches I had before, during, and after the race. All the staff are super-supportive and I couldn’t have done it without them. During my race Ski Tech Andrew Chisholm was cheering super loud and really pushing me over the top of the monster hill so I had to keep pushing.”

Also held today was the Youth Men’s 12.5 km Individual. Canada’s top result came from Leo Grandbois (Biathlon Estrie), who finished 24th. The competition continues in Estonia through March 4th.


Youth Women’s 10km Individual

P. Paradis – 6th, B. Peiffer 11th, S. Rousseau 36th, j. Sherrrington 40th

Youth Men 12.5 km Individual

L. Grandbois 24th, R. Gilliland 47th, T. Hulsman 65th, R. Elden 81st