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Local athletes heading to Alpine Junior World Ski Championships

Skiers from Georgian Peaks competing in Austria this month
Pictured, from left, are Cam Stephen, Ontario Ski Team women’s coach, Kip Harrington, vice-president, high performance, with Alpine Ontario Alpin and men’s coach lead for the Canadian World Junior Championship Team, Mackenzie (Mac) Wood, Kyle Blandford, Oscar Park and Ashley Campbell.

Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) is proud to announce the four athletes and two coaches who will represent Ontario (and Canada) at the 2023 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in St. Anton, Austria from Jan. 16 to 25, 2023.

The world’s best young athletes from around 50 countries will be taking the next step in their sporting careers.

Ontario athletes represent four of the 11 members of the 2023 Canadian World Junior Championship Team. Additionally, Kip Harrington, AOA’s vice-president, high performance, has been named the men’s coach lead for the Canadian team. Cam Stephen, Ontario Ski Team’s women’s head coach is also attending as one of the women’s coaches.

This year’s team includes:

Ashley Campbell, Georgian Peaks, YOB 2022 (current member of Ontario Ski Team)

Mackenzie Wood, Georgian Peaks, YOB 2022

Oscar Park, National Ski Academy, YOB 2004

Kyle Blandford, Toronto Ski Club/Georgian Peaks, YOB 2003 (current member of Ontario Ski Team)

Already this year, these athletes have demonstrated strong results. Ashley Campbell had four top-15 finishes at NorAm events in December, with a best finish of seventh. Kyle Blandford had the strongest speed performance of any Canadian junior in the opening NorAm event. He finished 13th in super-G. Mackenzie (Mac) Wood is coming off two strong top-20 finishes in NorAm slalom events. Oscar Park is the youngest Canadian male to meet World Junior Championship criteria and he will be looking to build experience during the event.

Alpine Ontario Alpin’s executive director, Patrick Biggs, said, “We’re thrilled to see the depth of Ontario racers and coaching leadership representing Canada at the World Junior Championships. It’s a great honour for me to watch these young athletes come through the development pipeline and know that we’re looking at the next generation of great Canadian racers. The World Juniors offer a unique opportunity for athletes to get a taste for the next level of competition, and to push themselves and their skills on the world stage. It’s going to be an exciting event.”

The 2023 World Juniors will include downhill, team alpine combined and mixed team events, along with super-G, giant slalom and slalom events for both men and women. Live timing will be provided by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

St. Anton 2023 competition schedule

Jan. 17 — Downhill training

Jan. 18 — Downhill training

Jan. 19 — Men’s and women’s downhill

Jan. 20 — Men’s and women’s super-G

Jan. 20 — Men’s and women’s team alpine combined

Jan. 21 — Women’s giant slalom

Jan. 22 — Men’s giant slalom

Jan. 23 — Mixed team parallel

Jan. 24 — Women’s slalom

Jan. 25 — Men’s slalom

More event information can be found here.

Follow the event: #JWSC23.

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