Trimester 1 Recap and World Cup and IBU Cup Tour 2 Teams Announced

During the first international tour of the 2018-2019 season, Canadian biathletes set the tone for what promises to be an exciting and successful season. The first trimester was filled with career-best World Cup results for several athletes including two podium performances at the IBU Cup in Obertilliach, Austria where Nadia Moser won gold and Megan Bankes, bronze in the women’s sprint competition (see more here). Jules Burnotte of Sherbrooke, Quebec also made a statement on the World Cup, achieving World Cup points in his first ever individual race.

Christian Gow had an outstanding first tour. He is currently ranked fifth in the world for shooting accuracy and placed in the top 20 in all but two races so far this season. Gow is already looking forward to what is to come, “I am excited for the next trimester of racing! It has been really good to get a training block in over the Christmas break and I think the entire team is in a good position heading into the next races”.

Sarah Beaudry and Emma Lunder finish the Women’s Sprint in Nove Mesto 12th and 17th respectively. Career-best results for both athletes. Photo Credit: Nordic Focus

 

This trimester also had its share of bittersweet moments as Nathan Smith, Canada’s most decorated male biathlete, announced his retirement after World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen, Austria. We look forward to honoring Nathan and his contributions to Canadian biathlon when the World Cup circuit comes back to Canmore, Nathan’s home base, for the World Cup in February.

Biathlon Canada is proud to announce the athletes who will be competing on World Cup and IBU Cup Tour 2.

World Cup Tour 2 Team:

Christian Gow; Calgary, AB

Scott Gow; Calgary, AB

Jules Burnotte; Sherbrooke, QC

Brendan Green; Hay River, NT

 

Sarah Beaudry; Prince George, BC

Emma Lunder; Vernon, BC

Rosanna Crawford; Canmore, AB

Megan Bankes; Calgary, AB

 

Coaches: Matthias Ahrens, Pavel Lantsov.
Techs: Raphael Grosset, Pavel Stolba, and Martin Struna.

 

IBU Cup Tour 2 Team:

 

Aidan Millar; Canmore, AB

Carsen Campbell; Bedeque, PE

Matthew Strum; Canmore, AB

Trevor Kiers; Sprucedale, ON

 

Nadia Moser; Whitehorse, YT

Emily Dickson; Bruns Lake, BC

Megan Tandy; Prince George, BC

 

Coach: Jeff Lodge            Techs: Andrew Chisholm and Andrzej Lesnik.

World Junior Championships
With this announcement, and in line with the National Team Program (here), we are also pleased to confirm that the following athletes have pre-qualified to represent Canada at World Junior Championships: Megan Bankes, Emily Dickson, Trevor Kiers, Nadia Moser, and Adam Runnalls*.

The athletes listed above will decide if they will accept the position through discussions with their individual coach and Biathlon Canada.
*To note: Adam Runnalls was selected for IBU Tour 2 but was unable to accept. As per the NTP, he has pre-qualified for World Junior Championships.