British Ski & Snowboard is pleased to announce the selection of athletes to compete at the 2018 Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships.

The event will take place in Cardrona, New Zealand in late August and early September, with the programme including Big Air, Halfpipe and Slopestyle for both freestyle ski and snowboard, as well as Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross.

PARK & PIPE

The Park & Pipe contingent includes eight skiers and a snowboarder with a host of talented competitors ready to take on the best juniors in the world.

Eighteen-year-old Sam Ward (halfpipe and slopstyle) scored Nor-Am and Europa Cup top 10s this season and also made his World Cup debut in March alongside Olympians Pete Speight and Murray Buchan.

He will be joined in the slopestyle by Felix Klein (18) who also made his World Cup debut this season at Seiser Alm in an event which saw compatriot James ‘Woodsy’ Woods finish on the podium.

Felix’s brother Jasper (16) and Tom Greenway (17) – who finished 40th at the event last year – will also compete in slopestyle, while Justin Taylor-Tipton, who was originally selected to return to the event again this year, has elected not to compete in New Zealand.

Joining Ward in halfpipe will be Sam Gaskin (17) who holds good memories from Cardrona where he took second in the New Zealand national junior championships in October.

A trio of strong contenders lead the female Park & Pipe charge – Connie Brogden, Kirsty Muir and Zoe Atkin – with all three competing in both halfpipe and slopestyle.

Brogden (16) has consistently scored top 10 results in both halfpipe and slopestyle at Nor-Am events since 2016 and was 12th in slopestyle at World Juniors last April.

She was beaten into second place in both halfpipe and slopestyle at this year’s BRITS by Muir (14), who recently scored the ‘Spirit of Sarah’ Scholarship from Momentum Camps and the Sarah Burke Foundation. Kirsty and Connie were also recipients of the Ritblat Endeavour Awards at The BRITS, sponsored by Delancey.

Fifteen-year-old Atkin – sister of Olympic bronze medallist Izzy – takes her place on the team alongside Connie and Kirsty. She finished second at Cardrona in an Australia-New Zealand Cup event last August and had a strong North American season where she finished no worse than seventh in FIS and Nor-Am Cup events.

The Park & Pipe contingent is rounded out by Gabe Adams, who will compete in snowboard slopestyle and big air having featured in both events at last year’s event in the Czech Republic. The 15-year-old had a strong year on the World Snowboard Tour with victories at events in Italy and Austria, while he was second in slopestyle at the World Rookie Tour Finals in April.

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

Britain’s emerging ski and snowboard cross programme will showcase a host of developing athletes in New Zealand including three who have already competed at the highest level of the sport.

Ollie Davies was British Champion in 2017 and will be hoping to improve on his 19th place last year when he returns to the World Juniors. The 21-year-old made his World Cup debut in 2017/18 and scored some impressive results including a Europa Cup podium behind the 2014 Olympic champion.

Davies will be joined by Jonathan Bingham (18) and Seb Ison (17) who staged a great head-to-head battle at this year’s BRITS. Having finished third in 2017, Bingham qualified second behind Ison but was never headed in the final, winning his first event of the season having chosen to concentrate on his studies prior to Laax. Ison had to settle for second but did get the better of Bingham at a FIS race in Sweden to round out the season.

Fin Davies (no relation to Ollie), who finished just 0.11sec outside the knockout stages at last year’s World Juniors, was also selected to compete but has elected not to take his position in the squad.

The female ski cross squad is led by Emma Peters whose progression continues to impress. The 20-year-old BRITS champion from 2016 and 2017 competed in a handful of World Cups in 2017/18 and also scored an early-season fourth-place at a FIS event in Saas-Fee.

She is joined by Elliane Hall (16) who is based in America and Australia and scored her first FIS race victory in Canada earlier this year, Faith Davie (19) who earned five top 10 results in her first season racing at FIS level and Zoe Winthrop (18) who earned a top 20 at World Juniors last year and also recorded a pair of Europa Cup top 10s this season. Alannah Lawrie (19) was selected to the squad but has elected not to compete.

Maisie Hill (17) won the national snowboard cross title earlier this year amongst two victories and four podiums at the BRITS, and will be joined in the event by Ellie Soutter (17). Soutter (3rd) edged Hill (5th) when they were teammates at the European Youth Olympic Festival in February 2017 and has competed at Europa Cup level since she was 15.

The male snowboard cross riders in Cardrona will be Douglas Green and Huw Nightingale. Green (19) is back at World Juniors for the third straight year and comes into the event following his first season racing at Europa Cup level. Nightingale (16) competed at his first Europa Cup in March earning a top 20 finish, and was then the youngest competitor in the open category at The BRITS in April but that didn’t stop him claiming his first national title.

The 2018 Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships start on 24 August in Cardrona, New Zealand and run for two weeks.

 

2018 BRITISH JUNIOR FREESTYLE SKI & SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD

Gabe Adams (snowboard slopestyle/big air), Zoe Atkin (ski halfpipe/slopestyle), Jonathan Bingham (ski cross), Connie Brogden (ski halfpipe/slopestyle), Faith Davie (ski cross), Ollie Davies (ski cross), Sam Gaskin (ski halfpipe), Douglas Green (snowboard cross), Tom Greenway (ski slopestyle), Elliane Hall (ski cross), Maisie Hill (snowboard cross), Sebastian Ison (ski cross) Felix Klein (ski slopestyle), Jasper Klein (ski slopestyle), Kirsty Muir (ski halfpipe/slopestyle), Huw Nightingale (snowboard cross), Emma Peters (ski cross), Ellie Soutter (snowboard cross), Sam Ward (ski halfpipe/slopestyle), Zoe Winthrop (ski cross)

 

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