Three BC athletes have been selected to represent Canada at the 2020 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships in Narvik, Norway, from March 5th – 14th. Current Canadian Team Member Kyle Alexander and current BC Team Member Asher Jordan were both selected for their second consecutive year after attending last year's Championships in Val di Fassa, Italy. Current BCST member Ella Renzoni was selected for her first time. 

Ella Renzoni, who will be making her World Junior Championship debut said, “I am super excited to race in Norway and to see where I stack up against the top juniors in the world.” Renzoni is currently the top-ranked Canadian downhiller coming into the competition, and has collected three top-ten finishes in Nor-Am Cup races this year. Renzoni has also stood on the podium four times this year in races across Canada.

Asher Jordan has had a spectacular season to date with six Nor-Am top-five finishes and three podium performances that included a win in Copper Mountain this past November. Jordan also made his World Cup debut this season, getting starts in Adelboden, Kitzbuehel, and Schladming. Kyle Alexander finished 16th in last year's World Junior Championship Downhill and was seen as a strong threat to contend for a medal this year. Asher suffered a torn ACL in last month's Nor-Am parallel slalom and Kyle Alexander recently suffered a concussion; both will be unable to attend. 

BC Ski Team Head Coach Nick Cooper will also be heading to Norway, taking on the role of Men's Team Head Coach for the Canadian world juniors team. Cooper had this to say about the group of athletes attending, “This team announcement is a little bittersweet. I’m very proud of everything this group has accomplished to get to this point but it’s extremely disappointing to not have Asher and Kyle there”.  Athletes travelled to Norway on March 2nd in preparation for competition beginning March 7th with the men's and women's downhill.

The full list of racers who will compete for Canada is:

  • Sarah Bennett (Ski Quebec Alpin)
  • Jamie Casselman (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
  • Justine Clement (Ski Quebec Alpin)
  • Cassidy Gray (Alberta Alpine Ski Team) 
  • Raphael Lessard (Burke Mountain Academy)
  • Aidan Marler (Ski Quebec Alpin)
  • Brianna MacDonald (University of New Hampshire)
  • Ella Renzoni (BC Ski Team/WMSC)
  • Claire Timmermann (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
  • Liam Wallace (Alberta Alpine Ski Team) 
  • Katrina Van Soest (Banff Alpine Racers)

Athletes recognized but unable to attend: 

  • Kiki Alexander (Alberta Alpine Ski Team)
  • Kyle Alexander (Canadian Alpine Ski Team/WMSC)
  • Asher Jordan (BC Ski Team/WMSC) 
  • Declan McCormack (Canadian Alpine Ski Team)
  • Marina Villanova (Ski Quebec Alpin)