Australian Team for 2014 World Junior / U23 Championship

Ski & Snowboard Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Team for the 2014 World Junior / U23 Championship for Cross Country Skiing. Seven athletes will represent Australia at the competitions in Val di Fiemme in Italy, which begin on January 29.

Junior Team:

  • Anna Trnka (Mt Beauty, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
  • Casey Wright (Launching Place, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
  • Xanthea Dewez (Wangaratta, Wangaratta Ski Club)

U23 Team:

  • Phillip Bellingham (Mt Beauty, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
  • Nick Montgomery (Armadale, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
  • Jackson Bursill (Canberra, NSW Ski Team)
  • Alasdair Tutt (Canberra, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)

The team in Italy will be led by Nick and Lescinska Grimmer, who have been coach and manager for the bulk of the Junior/U23 Team during their preparation in Sweden, with waxing support from Finn Marsland who will bring across Phillip Bellingham from the World Cup Team. The team will also be supported by long-time team manager Brian Keeble and Victorian Junior Squad manager Ronice Goebel, who will arrive to Val di Fiemme earlier for the Marcialonga Worldloppet event on Sunday January 26.

“This year’s team has a lot more experience than the 2013 team, with every athlete having competed as this level of competition before,” said Nick Grimmer from Obertilliach in Austria, where the team is undergoing their final preparation. “Almost every athlete has achieved a PB perfomance since arriving in Europe, and everyone is healthy and excited to race”.

Competition results from the Junior Team athletes this season include four top 20 results at the Swedish Junior Championship, and from the U23 athletes the highlight has been an impressive 37th place by Phillip Bellingham at the World Cup Sprint in Poland. The World Junior/U23 Championships kick off with the Freestyle Sprint events on Wednesday January 29, and finish for the Australian Team with the 5/10km Classic races on February 2.

Full Event Schedule:

Juniors
Jan 29 – Sprint Freestyle
Jan 31 – 10/20km Skiathlon
Feb 2 – 5/10 km Classic
Feb 3 – Relays
U23
Jan 29 – Sprint Freestyle
Jan 30 – 10/15km Classix
Feb 1 – 15/30km Skiathlon

Official website: Fiemme 2014

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