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Darren Gardner

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Darren Gardner

Darren Gardner, from Burlington, Ontario has some serious potential. Gardner’s first memory of snowboarding is of him trying to snowboard on his toboggan, which led him to snowboard racing at the age of eight and fourteen podium performances on the Nor Am Tour. Gardner has been steadily progressing in the international ranking – notably placing fourth at the 2011 FIS World Junior Championships in PSL and placed third at National Championships in 2010. 

Gardner has had a successful past couple of years, taking home the overall NorAM title in 2016 as well as some impressive results in 2017 including 1st at USASA Nationals, 21st in PSL & 24th in PGS at the 2017 Sierra Nevada FIS World Snowboard Championships and an 18th place at a World Cup in Winterberg, GER. Gardner looks to improve even more this season and has his sights set on representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.


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Burlington, ON T I F

Megan Farrell

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Megan Farrell

Megan's family has had a membership at Holimont ski club since she was born. Megan started out like most people skiing but switched to snowboarding when she was four to keep up with her older siblings and cousins who were on the snowboard race team for the club at the time. 

Megan's biggest influence on her career has been her Dad, He was her first coach when she started racing, and continues to be Megans biggest supporter at races.

This past season Megan created some of her most memorable moments in her career, grabbing 2nd in PGS and 3rd in PSL at the 2017 Sports Experts Speed Nation Nationals. In 2016 she was also crowned overall NorAM champion.

In the off season Megan balances working with off snow training activities such as hiking, biking, and waterskiing.


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Richmond Hill, ON T I F

Jasey-Jay Anderson

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Jasey-Jay Anderson

Jasey-Jay Anderson started skiing at 6 with his mother who was also at the time a ski instructor. Few years later he was intrigued by the new kind of board people were starting to ride down the hills. He received his first snowboard on Christmas day at 13. Nowadays, Jasey gets bugged about being the “Old Man” on tour, but at heart, Anderson is still a young gun with an undeniable passion for the sport.

By far the most decorated Canadian snowboarder, Jasey-Jay Anderson was known for being one of the world’s most successful snowboarder, he has four World Championships titles, 61 FIS World Cup podiums and 27 World Cup victories. Despite all these incredible results, it was not before the 2010 Olympics game that he reached his goal of wining an Olympic medal; a gold one. Following his victory at the 2010 Olympics, Anderson, a father of two, took a season off to focus on his family and a new business venture. After PSL was added as an Olympic discipline for Sochi Olympics, Anderson has come out of his brief retirement to defend his crown and go for a double shot of Olympic gold in 2014. It will be his fifth appearance at the winter Olympic games

Riding his own brand of snowboard, Jasey will be a threat on the World Cup tour this season, as well as an inspiration to his younger teammates. All his boards are designed for alpine racing and named after venues that are related to his own success such as Cypress, Whistler and Molina. In 2017 Jasey-Jay proved he still amongst the world's best, grabbing a 7th place finish in PGS at the 2017 Sierra Nevada FIS World Snowboard Championships - the best result of any Canadian Alpine Snowboard rider at this edition of the World Champs. Jasey-Jay is once again aiming to qualify for the Canadian Olympic Snowboard Team destined for PyeongChang 2018, which would represent his 6th Winter Olympic Games.

When he is not on the snow, Jasey-Jay enjoys working in the outdoors with his wife Manon on their blueberry farm located in Mont-Tremblant, QC.


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Lac Supérieur, QC

Arnaud Gaudet

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Arnaud Gaudet

Arnaud began snowboarding at the young age of 3 at his home resort of Mont Tremblant, QC with the direction of his dad Patrik and older brother Emile.  Originally from Montcalm, QC the 17 year old has had an impressive year with 8 podium finishes for the 2016/2017 season. Season highlights include a 3rd place finish at the Sports Experts Speed Nation Nationals in the senior category and a gold medal at the Sports Experts Speed Nation Nationals Junior category in PGS. Additionally, he also represented Canada in PGS and PSL at the Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic. His hobbies include skateboarding, soccer, motocross, and trampoline. Arnaud has goals to land amongst the top 4 on the Nor-Am circuit and place in the top 32 on the World Cup circuit for the 2017/2018 season.


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Kaylie Buck

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Kaylie Buck

Kaylie started skiing at the young age of 2 with the Holimont Ski Club, but tried snowboarding a few years later and never looked back, making the switch to the Holimont Snowboard Club. Inspired by her friends, coaches and teammates on the National Team she continues to push her progression with an impressive 11 podium finishes for the 2016/2017 season. Snowboarding has taught Kaylie the value of sportsmanship; how to accept failure and how to be a gracious winner as well as the importance of not letting challenges stump you and finding ways to move forward.

One of her most memorable moments has been a 6th place finish at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Czech Republic. Snowboarding aside Kaylie practices dance in competitive irish dancing and enjoys waterskiing, wakeboarding, soccer, rugby, volleyball, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Kaylie has her sights on the 2018 Winter Olympics and is undoubtedly well on her way to another outstanding season.


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Oakville, ON I

Katrina Gerencser

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Katrina Gerencser

Growing up in Guelph, Ontario Katrina gave snowboarding a try because it looked “cool” and her older brother was doing it. After strapping into a board for the first time she soon after joined the Beaver Valley Ski Club and set out to work towards competing in provincial races. Little did she know where she was headed, as she is now member of the Canadian National Alpine Development Group. Her most memorable moment was in Carezza, Italy where she was hit with the realization that she had reached one of her dreams: competing on a World Cup circuit in a start gate halfway across the world. Snowboarding has taught Katrina to be more patient, determined and confident. When she is not snowboarding she enjoys photography, gaming, and film. Keep your eyes out for this one as she looks to take on the 2017/2018 season.


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Guelph, ON T I F

Sébastien Beaulieu

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Sébastien Beaulieu

Seb started snowboarding at age 7 at Mont Orford near his hometown Sherbrooke. Quickly progressing his family decided to drive to Mont Ste-Anne, a 3 hour drive from Sherbrooke, every weekend. At 13 he started Alpine snowboarding under the wings of Mathieu Chiquet ex member of the French National Team and world-renowned coach David Ruel. From there he never stopped chasing his dream of becoming one of the top alpine racers in the World. Memorable moments: Finishing 7 th at the Bansko World Cup few hours after he learned he
wasn’t going to the 2018 Olympics. Teammate Jasey-Jay also won the event making it a memorable day for the team in general.

In the summer, Seb likes to play with his Golden Retrievers, Pixel and Mia. He likes to mountain bike and also goes to University Laval doing a Bachelor in Sport Intervention. 

Wishes for the season: A lot of success for the team on the World Cup and staying healthy.


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St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC T I F

JAMIE BEHAN

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JAMIE BEHAN


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Michael Nazwaski

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Michael Nazwaski

Like many riders on the national team, Michael Nazwaski saw the light at the age of 5 and traded his skis in for a snowboard. Watching other snowboarders race was quite the inspiration for the young Nazwaski, who joined the Beaver Valley Snowboard race team at the age of 9 with his coach Cam Farrell.

With a slew of podiums in the NorAM cup last season, Nazwaski is looking to make waves  during the 2018/19 season by aiming for a top three overall ranking on the NorAM circuit, and a top 8 performance at the Junior World Championships. When he’s not boarding or training, you can find him racing his mountain bike or doing cyclocross. 


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Toronto, ON I F

Riley Kilmer-Choi

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Riley Kilmer-Choi

Riley started snowboarding at the age of 8. Influenced by his parents who already were snowboarders he followed in their footsteps and joined the Alpine ski club. Soon after he began to race and loved it ever since. His passion for snowboarding has led him to impressive performances in the Junior World Championships with two top 8’s, one in PGS at the 2015 JWC in Rogla, Slovenia and another top 8 in the 2017 JWC in Klinovec, Czech Republic. Other notable highlights consist of three 4th place finishes on the NorAm tour - 4th in PSL in Steamboat Springs, 4th in PGS in Holiday Valley and a a 4th in PSL at Copper Mountain in USASA Nationals. Athletic endeavors aside Riley will be working towards a software engineering degree with Concordia University in Montreal when he is not snowboarding. Be on the lookout for Riley this year as he works towards bringing home some hardware for the 2018/2019 season.


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Oakville, Ontario T I F

Jennifer Hawkrigg

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Jennifer Hawkrigg

Jennifer (JJ) Hawkrigg is a professional alpine snowboarder on Team Canada. JJ was born in 1996, and lives in Toronto. She began snowboarding at the age of 4 at her home club Holimont in Ellicottville, NY, and competed in her first snowboard race at the age of 8. Over JJ's career, she has successfully earned her spot on the Ontario Team, The Junior National Team and now a member of the 2018-2019 World Cup Team. Competing at every Junior World Championships since she was 16.​ Since becoming FIS age, JJ has successfully reached the podium at multiple National Championships, North American Cup races and competes on the World Cup Tour. Recently competing at her first World Championships in Park City this past winter. As well as being a Canadian Snowboarder, JJ is a commerce student at Ryerson University and spends most her off time training in the gym, travelling and spending time with her family, friends and two dogs!


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Toronto, ON I F

ABBY VANGRONINGEN

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ABBY VANGRONINGEN


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Émile Gaudet

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Émile Gaudet

For his second birthday, Émile Gaudet got a 90 cm snowboard, and he was trying his board for the first time only a few months later. Wanting to emulate his father, who is a snowboard coach, and his athletes, Émile proved that snowboarding truly is a family affair with his brother Arnaud being placed on the National Team for 2018/2019.

Gaudet definietely made an impact last season, grabbing his first NorAM podium (bronze)at a PSL NorAM at the Toronto Ski club before grabbing his first ever World Cup spot for the PSL World Cup in Kayseri, Turkey.

You can find him on his longboard, skateboard or on the trampoline in his spare time, or focusing on his goals to finish in the top 8 NorAM Cup rankings in 2018/2019 and to grab as many podium finishes as possible!


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Montcalm, QC I F

Andrew Hildebrand

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Andrew Hildebrand

Andrew Hildebrand started skiing at Alpine Ski Club at the young age of 2, not long after he took his first steps. After 3 years on skis he switched to snowboarding and fell in love. This was no surprise as the love for snowboarding runs deep in the Hildebrand family. Andrew’s older sister, Danielle has competed in SBX and his younger brother Eric currently competes alongside him.

To date, Andrew’s best performances were at the 2017 Universiade in Kazakhstan with an 8th qualifying time, as well as a silver and a bronze at NorAM races in 2018. While competing in snowboarding, Andrew has been working hard at completing his degree from the University of Western Ontario in a Business Management Organizational Studies honours program, specializing in finance. Now that Andrew has graduated, he will be able to fully focus on pursuing his true passion, which is and always has been snowboarding.  


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Toronto, ON I

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