Cross Country Canada Nominates 2017/2018 Team

FasterSkierMay 6, 2017


On Friday, Cross Country Canada (CCC) released its national-team nominations for the 2017/2018 season. The senior team includes 14 athletes, just one of which is a newcomer: 19-year-old Gareth Williams, who was on the junior national team last season.

In an Olympic year, Jess Cockney and Knute Johnsgaard made the jump up to A-team status, joining three other men (Alex Harvey, Len Valjas and Devon Kershaw), four were nominated to the B-team, and another five (including Williams) made the U25 (Under-25) Team.

The Para-Nordic Ski Team expanded from four official team members last year to 11 this year. Joining Brittany Hudak, Mark Arendz, Chris Klebl, Brian McKeever and his guide Graham Nishikawa on the World Cup Team are Collin Cameron and Emily Young (formerly Weekes).

Below are the senior, junior and para-nordic team nominations:

National Ski Team

Senior team:

World Cup A-team

  • Alex Harvey (CNEPH)
  • Len Valjas
  • Devon Kershaw
  • Jess Cockney
  • Knute Johnsgaard

World Cup B-team

  • Graeme Killick
  • Emily Nishikawa
  • Dahria Beatty (Alpine Insurance AWCA)
  • Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

U25 Team

  • Julien Locke (Black Jack)
  • Cendrine Browne (CNEPH)
  • Katherine Stewart-Jones (NTDC Thunder Bay)
  • Maya MacIsaac-Jones (Rocky Mountain Racers)
  • Gareth Williams (Telemark)

Junior team:

  • Natalie Hynes (Whitehorse)
  • India McIsaac (Rocky Mountain Racers)
  • Annika Richardson (NTDC Thunder Bay)
  • Hannah Mehain (Sovereign Lake Nordic)
  • Lisle Compton (NTDC Thunder Bay)
  • Catherine Reed-Métayer (Skibec)
  • Étienne Hébert (Montériski/AIAWCA)
  • Rémi Drolet (Black Jack)
  • Reed Godfrey (Canmore Nordic)
  • Ty Godfrey (Canmore Nordic)
  • Nicholas Beaulieu (Orford)
  • Antoine Cyr (CNEPH)
  • Félix Longpré (Club Nordique MSA)

Para-Nordic Ski Team:

World Cup Team

  • Mark Arendz (Rocky Mountain Racers)
  • Collin Cameron (Laurentian Nordic)
  • Brittany Hudak (Sturgeon River Nordic)
  • Chris Klebl (Fast Trax Run & Ski Club)
  • Brian McKeever (Fast Trax Run & Ski Club)
  • Graham Nishikawa (guide)
  • Emily Young (Telemark)

Development & Prospects Team

  • Sébastien Fortier (Skibec)
  • Derek Zaplotinsky (Strathcona Wilderness Centre)
  • Ethan Hess (Nordic Racers)
  • Natalie Wilkie (Larch Hills)


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