Mickey Ciccarelli at Jump Camp in Whistler, BC
Vancouver, BC – Canada Snowboard, in accordance with its 2019/2020 Freestyle selection protocol, is pleased to announce the 2019/2020 Canadian National Freestyle Snowboarding Team. Consisting of Slopestyle, Big Air, and Halfpipe, 10 women and 21 men will represent Canada across the National and NextGen teams. The Speed discipline national teams and Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) carding pre-nominations list will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Canadian Freestyle teams focused on career development while attending select major events over the past season, winding down from a busy post Olympic year. With this said individual riders still killed it at major events with Mark McMorris, Michael Ciccarelli, Laurie Blouin, Brooke Voigt and Derek Livingston all hitting podiums at the X Games, US Open, World Championships, Total Fight, Spring Battle, and at World Cups.
The NextGen team showed the rest of the world that Canada will continue its dominant position in Park & Pipe with Jasmine Baird's World Cup Podium and fellow NextGen riders winning both Junior World Titles in Slopestyle through Sommer Gendron and William Buffey. Sommer also won the Junior World Big Air title with William narrowly missing out on the double as well placing 3rd in the mens Big Air event.
Canada has one of the strongest Park & Pipe snowboarding teams with a culture of progression and big results when it counts. This year's team selections include...
Jasmine Baird progressing from the NextGen onto the National team with her World Cup Podium and World Championships 6th place finish.
Jacob Legault, Kianah Hyatt, Andie Gendron, Juliette Pelchat and Finn Finestone all being newly named to the NextGen Prospect Group with their results on the Air Nation (National) event tour.
The Slopestyle program will begin to follow a new 3-tier system. The 3-tier system (National Team, NextGen Team, NextGen Prospect Group) follows the slopestyle event structure : National Level (Air Nation, Rev Tour etc), International Level (World Cup, Jr World Championships, Spring Battle etc), Elite Level (Dew Tour, X-Games, US Open, Laax WC, etc) , all 3-tiers will work together to support all of the team members at each level of events as the opportunities for the riders arise.
Descriptions of the different tiers are below with the nominated team members.
Slopestyle NextGen ProspectGroup:
Liam Brearley (Gravenhurst, ON)
Jacob Legault (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC)
Finn Finestone (Whistler, BC)
Jadyn Chomlack (Pemberton, BC)
Juliette Pelchat (Whistler, BC)
Andie Gendron (Calgary, AB)
Kianah Hyatt (Calgary, AB)
This is the first step between a provincial level rider and joining the National Team. It is an important step for the rider (and stakeholders) to learn the values, culture and system of the Canada Snowboard High Performance program.
Nextgen Prospect athlete Jadyn Chomlack in Whistler, BC
The Next Gen program will collaborate with the Provincial or Private Club to plan out the ideal training plan for each rider at this level including National Team and Next Gen Team training session opportunities. The Prospect Group is not a Daily Training Environment (DTE) as these riders are still progressing to the next level towards a full NextGen team schedule with international events as their full-time focus.
The targeted events for the riders in this group are generally National level events (Air Nation, Rev Tour etc) where the provincial Club is best to support them.
As opportunities arise for Jr World Championships, and World Cups/International level events, the NextGen program will support these riders at any events the NextGen Team is already attending. As their targeted events transition towards international level events (World Cups), the fluidity of the tiered system provides support for every level of athlete named to the high performance program.
Slopestyle NextGen Team:
Francis Jobin (Lac Beauport, QC)
William Buffey (Toronto, ON)
Jack MacDougall (Grade Prairie, AB)
Nicolas Laframboise (Ste-Agathe-Des-Monts, QC)
Mateo Massitti (Calgary, AB)
Sommer Gendron (Toronto, ON)
This is the second step towards joining the National Team. The values, culture and system of the Canada Snowboard High Performance program are familiar, riders are beginning to transition above the National Level events and thus the Provincial Club level support. Most of the season will consist of international events (World cups, Jr World Championships etc).
NextGen Athlete: Francis Jobin
The NextGen team will be a full program of training and competition opportunities providing an ideal training plan for each rider at this level including National Team and Next Gen training session opportunities. Through the years at this level the rider is given the option to transition towards using the program as a Daily Training Environment (DTE) located in Whistler.
As opportunities arise above the International level and these riders receive invites to the elite level events (Dew, X Games, US Open etc), the National Team coaches will support them at the events.
Slopestyle National Team:
Mark McMorris (Regina, SK)
Sebastien Toutant (Montreal, QC)
Max Parrot (Bromont, QC)
Tyler Nicholson (North Bay, ON)
Darcy Sharpe (Comox, BC)
Michael Ciccarelli (Ancaster, ON)
Spencer O’Brien (Courtenay, BC)
Brooke Voigt (Fort McMurray, AB)
Laurie Blouin (Stoneham, QC)
Jasmine Baird (Georgetown, ON)
The Top-tier of the Canadian System, riders at this level are invited and riding at the Elite level (Dew Tour, X-Games, US Open etc) events consisting of the largest jumps, rails and slopestyle courses in the world. Progression and results are among the best in the world.
Full-Time National team program including the DTE with a full time off-snow coach in Whistler is made available.
Jasmine Baird newest inductee to the National Slopestyle team in Whistler, BC
Halfpipe NextGen Team:
Braeden Adams (Calgary, AB)
Owen Wopnford (Calgary, AB)
Kiran Pershad (Thornhill, ON)
Brooke D’Hondt (Calgary, AB)
Riders are being introduced to the values, culture and system of the Canada Snowboard High Performance program, riders are beginning to transition above the National Level events.
Some members of the team will receive World Cup opportunities throughout the season attending international events as quota is available. At the International events where the National team will be attending the riders will be supported as planned in their individual training plans.
All NextGen members will mainly attend National level events (Rev Tours, Air Nation etc) increasing their ranking, competition experience and to gain personal quota to the world cups the following year. When possible the NextGen members will have National Team coaching and support along with training opportunities and support at events where the National team is also attending (Rev Tours, and World Cups).
It is recommended that these riders remain with their club coaches to support them at the National Level events until they begin to transition towards more International event starts.
Braeden Adams, NextGen athlete at the 2019 Halfpipe Rodeo World Cup in Calgary, Alberta
Halfpipe National Team:
Derek Livingston (Aurora, ON)
Jack Collins (Calgary, AB)
Shawn Fair (Calgary, AB)
Elizabeth Hosking (Longueuil, QC)
The Top-tier of the Canadian System, riders at this level are invited and riding at Major events (World Cups, US Open etc.) consisting of the best competitors and pipes in the world. Progression and results are among the best in the world.
Full-Time National team program including the DTE with an off-snow coach in Calgary is made available.
Derek Livingston, National Team Athlete at the Half Pipe Rodeo World Cup in Calgary, AB
Any person wishing to appeal a selection decision must do so in accordance with the Canada Snowboard Appeals Policy, which is available on the Canada Snowboard website at: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/files/AppealsProtocol.pdf.
The deadline for appeals of the selections listed in this announcement is June 6, 2019 - 5:00 pm PST.
A notice of appeal, as described in the Appeals Policy, must be sent directly to:
For further information, contact:
High Performance Manager - Freestyle