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      December 18, 2018

      CANMORE, Alta.—Eighteen young Canucks who represent the next generation of cross-country ski talent in the country have just been named to Canada’s 2019 Junior and Under-23 World Championship Team that will compete in Lahti, Finland, January 19 – 27.
       
      Cross Country Ski de fond Canada will send five women and five men to the Junior World Championships, as well as four women and four men for the Under-23 events. Athletes hail from clubs across the country in provinces and territories that include British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and the Yukon.
       
      “This is a younggroup with an exciting mix of International experienced athletes and first timers. These up and comers have gained experience racing domestically on the Haywood NorAm circuit,” said Erik Braten, Junior national team coach, Cross Country Ski de fond Canada. “The talent pool of young cross-country skiers continues to grow, and these athletes are well-prepared to achieve excellence in Finland.”
       
      Each of the athletes earned a coveted spot on Team Canada based on their results at the Haywood NorAm Junior and Under-23 World Championship Trials that were held over the weekend at the Canmore Nordic Centre. The trials were originally scheduled for Whistler Olympic Park, but race officials were forced to move the event due to a lack of snow. The Canmore Nordic Ski Club graciously stepped up to successfully stage the four-day, three-race event.
       
      Among the up and comers ready to introduce themselves to the world in junior action are two sets of siblings and the son of cross-country ski Olympians Milaine Theriault and Robin McKeever.
       
      Jasmine Drolet and Remi Drolet from Rossland, B.C., along with Isobel Hendry and Sam Hendry from Canmore, Alta. headline the family connection. Sam Hendry and Remi Drolet are coming off a strong trials where they mixed it up with many of the country’s top senior skiers in the distance races.
       
      The youngest member of the Canadian team will be Xavier McKeever who will gain valuable international experience in his continued development.
       
      Before hitting the start line in Finland, the team will benefit from the experience of four-time Olympian and one of Canada’s most accomplished cross-country skiers, Devon Kershaw, who will lead the team through a weeklong training camp inSjusjøen, Norway.
       
      The following is a complete list of Canada’s 2019 Junior and Under-23 World Championship Teams.
       
      JUNIOR WOMEN
      CLUB
      TOWN
      Jasmine 
      Drolet
      Black Jack Cross Country
      Rossland, B.C.
      Isobel
      Hendry
      Canmore Nordic
      Canmore, Alta.
      Molly
      Miller
      Black Jack Cross Country
      Kimberly, B.C.
      Anna 
      Pryce
      Foothills Nordic
      Calgary, Alta.
      Anne-Marie
      Petitclerc
      Club Nordique Mont-St-Anne
      Beaupre, Que.
      U23 WOMEN
       
       
      Marie
      Corriveau
      Club Nordique Mont-St-Anne
      St-Ferreol-Les Neige, Que.
      Natalie
      Hynes
      Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
      Whitehorse, YK
      Hannah 
      Mehain
      Telemark Nordic
      Vernon, B.C.
      Sadie
      White
      Big Thunder Nordic/NTDC
      Thunder Bay, Ont.
      JUNIOR MEN
       
       
      Remi
      Drolet
      Black Jack Cross Country
      Rossland, B.C.
      Sam
      Hendry
      Canmore Nordic
      Canmore, Alta.
      Xavier
      McKeever
      Foothills Nordic
      Canmore, Alta.
      Pierrick
      Sarthou
      Club de ski de fond Monteriski
      Longueuil, Que.
      Tom 
      Stephen
      Foothills Nordic
      Calgary, Alta.
      U23 MEN
       
       
      Antoine
      Cyr
      Club de ski de fond Skinouk
      Gatineau, Que.
      Graham
      Ritchie
      Big Thunder Nordic/NTDC
      Thunder Bay, Ont.
      Julien
      Smith
      Georgian Bay Nordic/NTDC
      Thunder Bay, Ont.
      Gareth
      Williams
      Telemark Nordic
      Kelowna, B.C.
       
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