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2020/2021 Canadian National 'Park & Pipe' Snowboard Team Selections

June 11, 2020

 

The National team sets sights on Olympic Qualification attending the FIS World Cups and World Championships along with Elite tour events, in uncertain season ahead….

Vancouver, BC – Canada Snowboard, in accordance with its 2020/2021 Freestyle selection protocols, is pleased to announce the 2020/2021 Canadian National park and Pipe Snowboarding Team.  Consisting of Slopestyle, Big Air, and Halfpipe, 11 women and 21 men will represent Canada across the National, NextGen and NextGen Prospect teams. The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) carding pre-nominations list will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2020/21 Canadian Park and Pipe teams will focus on attending the World Cups and World Championships events in hopes of securing Olympic Quota to attend the Beijing Olympics. The National Teams will also attend Elite and International level WSPL events to compete against the world’s best on the biggest stages.

The NextGen team was dominant this past season on the International stage, Liam Brearley alone achieved a World Cup Podium in Calgary, and was the first ever winter athlete to triple podium at the Youth Olympic Games. His dominant season made sure that he would be part of the full time NextGen team this upcoming season.

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...

Brooke D’Hondt progressing from the NextGen onto the National team with her 1st place at Copper NorAm and Dew Tour copper 5th place finish. Liam Brearley, Jadyn Chomlack and Juliette Pelchat all progressing from the NextGen Prospect Group to the NextGen Team with their results from the FIS Nor-am and World Cup events. Cam Spalding, Truth Smith, Liam Gill, Kamilla Kozuback and Maggie Crompton all being newly named to the NextGen Prospect Group with their results on the Air Nation (National) event tour.

The Slopestyle program follows a 3-tier system (National Team, NextGen Team, NextGen Prospect Group) which coincides with 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 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 Prospect Group:

Jacob Legault (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC)

Finn Finestone (Whistler, BC)

Cam Spalding (Peterborough, ON)

Truth Smith (Whistler, BC)

Liam Gill (Calgary, AB)

Andie Gendron (Toronto, ON)

Kamilla Kozuback (Calgary, AB)

Maggie Crompton (Whistler, BC)

 

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.

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 (Grande Prairie, AB)

Nicolas Laframboise (Ste-Agathe-Des-Monts, QC)

Liam Brearley (Gavernhurst, ON)

Jadyn Chomlack (Pemberton, BC)

Sommer Gendron (Toronto, ON)

Juliette Pelchat (Whistler, BC)

 

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) for experience and winning at the Nor-Am (Air Nations / Rev Tours) level competitions to keep their rankings on the world scale high.

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).

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 there.

 

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.

 

Halfpipe NextGen Team:

Kiran Pershad (Thornhill, ON)

Liam Gill (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 focus on the 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.

 

Halfpipe National Team:

Derek Livingston (Aurora, ON)

Jack Collins (Calgary, AB)

Shawn Fair (Calgary, AB)

Elizabeth Hosking (Longueuil, QC)

Brooke D’Hondt (Calgary, AB)

 

The Top-tier of the Canadian System, riders at this level are invited and riding at Major events (World Cups, World Championships 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.

Attached below is the Canada Snowboard AAP Nomination list, Due to extra funding provided in relief of athletes missing certain events due to COVID, Sport Canada has been able to provide funding to all of the Snowboard athletes who met the Senior Carding Nomination Criteria. This is over and above our allocation of carding and after this cycle it will return back to our normal allotment.

Below is a link to Canada Snowboard AAP Nomination list, Due to extra funding provided in relief of athletes missing certain events due to COVID, Sport Canada has been able to provide funding to all of the Snowboard athletes who met the Senior Carding Nomination Criteria. This is over and above our allocation of carding and after this cycle it will return back to our normal allotment.

Canada Snowboard AAP Nomination List
 

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/Canada_Snowboard_Appeals_Policy_EN.pdf

The deadline for appeals of the selections listed in this announcement is June 18, 2020 - 5:00 pm PST.

 

A notice of appeal, as described in the Appeals Policy, must be sent directly to:

Dustin Heise

Executive Director

Canada Snowboard

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For further information, contact:

Tyler Ashbee

High Performance Manager - Freestyle

Canada Snowboard

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