WNDC Athletes 2019-20

Athletes & Coaches

Whistler Nordic Development Centre

WNDC Team 2020/21

2019 WNDC Athlete Zachary Connelly, Whistler Olympic Park
Zachary Connelly
Biathlon

Born September 26, 2001 in Ottawa, ON

Zach got introduced to biathlon through the Cadets program near Ottawa. He loves the sport because it allows him to be on snow, exercising in the outdoors and challenging himself again and again. Growing up as a member of the Chelsea Nordiq cross country ski and biathlon club, he always loved racing and working towards achieving his goals. So far, his major achievements include winning a gold medal in the National Championships’ Sprint race, and he got to represent Canada in the IBU Junior World Championships both in 2019 and 2020 with multiple top 50 finishes in individual races. His big athletic goal is to compete in the Olympic Games. Other items on his bucket list are completing an Ironman race, and placing in the top three in a marathon.

Zachary has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

2019 WNDC Athlete Ryan Elden, Whistler Olympic Park
Ryan Elden
Biathlon

Born November 8, 1999 in Quesnel, BC

Ryan has been involved in biathlon since 2009. In his sporting career, he already had the opportunity to represent Canada at multiple IBU junior competitions and the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships. His season highlights from 2018/19 were a gold medal in the 2019 Canada Winter Games pursuit race and a bronze medal at the Canadian National Championships 2019. He is passionate about biathlon because he finds it both challenging and rewarding, and he loves the community and how the sport helped him grow as a person. While his athletic ambition is to represent Canada at the 2022 Olympic Games, his recreational bucket list includes sky diving, contributing to nature conservation by cleaning a beach and traveling to at least 15 different countries.

Ryan has been part of the WNDC since summer 2017.

2019 WNDC Athlete Janice Grundahl, Whistler Olympic Park
Janice Grundahl
Biathlon

Born October 28, 2000 in Regina, SK

Janice got involved in biathlon in early 2017 when she tried out a Sask Cup race just outside her hometown of Regina. Since then, the former cross country ski racer has progressed quickly in her new sport, and placed 4th in the sprint and individual races at the Nationals in 2019, and raced to a 7th place in the 2019 Canada Winter Games pursuit event. She loves the challenge of succeeding in both skiing and shooting, the two interdependent disciplines in biathlon. Her athletic goal is to race internationally/in Europe and to place in the top three at the Nationals. Other goals she has set for herself are competing in an Ironman race and, eventually, becoming a coach.

Janice has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

2019 WNDC Athlete Keiran Marchand, Whistler Olympic Park
Keiran Marchand
Biathlon

Born September 26, 1999 in Nelson, BC

Keiran started cross-country skiing when he was two years old, and he got involved in biathlon when he was nine. He loves biathlon for the challenge it presents, which lets him develop his biggest strength, persistence (fittingly, his favorite song is Queen’s “Don’t stop me now”). He values being part of the WNDC, as it helped him grow both as an athlete and as a person, in setting and pursuing his goals. His biggest results so far are a gold medal in the NorAm Cup sprint race in December 2018, a first and a fifth place in the NorAm Cup in January 2018, and a fourth place in the National Team Trials in fall 2017. Keiran loves the outdoors and hopes to one day backpack across New Zealand, compete in the Barkley Marathons and hike Mt. Logan. In biathlon, he hopes to represent Canada in the Olympic Games.

Keiran has been part of the WNDC since summer 2017.

2019 WNDC Athlete Logan Pletz, Whistler Olympic Park
Logan Pletz
Biathlon

Born November 7, 2000 Regina, SK

Logan got involved in biathlon in fall 2011, and since then has represented both his home province and Canada in national and international competitions. Recent major results are a 19th place in the sprint race at the Junior World Biathlon Championships 2019 in Osrblie, Slovakia, and a gold medal in the individual race at the Canada Winter Games in 2019. His athletic goal is to become a part of Canada’s Senior World Cup team. He likes biathlon for challenging him to continually perform and improve. In his downtime, he loves to cook and he is especially proud of his secret pre-race pasta recipe to fuel up. As a passionate basketball player and fan he dreams of watching an NBA game live, other things on his bucket list are to run an ultra marathon and to buy a Porsche.

Logan has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

2019 WNDC Athlete Andrei Secu, Whistler Olympic Park
Andrei Secu
Biathlon

Born May 16, 1999 in Brasov/Romania

Andrei was introduced to biathlon through the cadet program in 2014. He fell in love with the sport, so to jumpstart his athletic career, he graduated early from high school, an achievement he is very proud of. Biathlon fascinates him especially because of the commitment and the focus that are required, both mentally and physically, to be successful. His most recent career highlights from the 2018/19 season are two bronze medals at the Canada Winter Games 2019 in the sprint and pursuit races. His big goal is to compete in biathlon at the Olympic Games. On the nature lover’s personal bucket list are sky diving, completing a 100km running race and traveling to every continent.

Andrei has been part of the WNDC since summer 2017.

2019 WNDC Athlete Lucas Smith, Whistler Olympic Park
Lucas Smith
Biathlon

Born March 15, 2000 in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Lucas started off with biathlon as a ten year-old in Winnipeg. The sport fascinates him because of the many facets that can contribute to winning or losing a race, and that every athlete has the potential to do well if he or she puts it all together. His most recent achievements were being part of the 2019 Youth World Championships Team, and winning a gold medal in the pursuit and a silver in the sprint races at the Canadian National Championships 2019. His athletic goal is to make it onto the national team and to compete on World Cup level, as well as racing at the Olympic Games. Both on and off snow, the passionate photographer takes his camera everywhere to document his adventures, and he dreams of having one of his photos featured by National Geographic.

Lucas has been part of the WNDC since summer 2018.

2020 WNDC Athlete Meaghan Smith, Whistler Olympic Park
Meaghan Smith
BIATHLON

Born April 2, 2002 in Winnipeg, MB

Meaghan used to be a cross-country skier, and moved to biathlon in 2013. She loves the complexity of her new sport, and major results were her title win of Manitoba Provincial Champion in the sprint race, a tenth place in the National Championships’ individual race, a fifth place at the Western Canadian Championships, and she was awarded a “Women to Watch” grant from Coaching Manitoba and Sport Manitoba. Her athletic goal is to race internationally. Outside of sport, she loves to listen to and create music, and some of her goals are to complete a six week canoe trip (she has already mastered a 4-week trip), backpack the world and open her own restaurant.

Meaghan has been part of the WNDC during the summer program in 2019, and full-time since summer 2020.

2019 WNDC Athlete Hanne Stadnyk, Whistler Olympic Park
Hanne Stadnyk
Biathlon

Born March 29, 1998, Saskatoon, SK

Hanne got introduced to biathlon through the Air Cadets program, and one year later at the age of 13, she decided to join the sport. She loves the community around biathlon, the fact that everyone is supportive of each other, and the equally fierce but friendly competition. Her athletic goals are constantly changing and evolving, from small fitness improvements to huge Olympic dreams. She represented Saskatchewan at the 2015 and 2019 Canada Winter Games, placed third in the World Youth Trials in 2018 and represented Canada at IBU junior races in Germany and Austria. Her biggest strength is finding the positive side of any situation, and she always tries to keep her teammates in good spirits. The book lover dreams of traveling all over Italy one day.

Hanne has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

2019 WNDC Athlete Angus Tweedie, Whistler Olympic Park
Angus Tweedie
Biathlon

Born May 14, 1997 in Smithers, BC

Angus first got involved in biathlon in Smithers in 2006. He loves to be challenged by his sport, which constantly makes him push himself to the limit. Notable racing results are four relay medals on the national level (2 x bronze in Charlo, one bronze in Hinton and a silver in Canmore), multiple top five placements on national level events such as Nationals or NorAms and a second place in the Payak race in 2019. Angus also got to compete at the World Junior Championships and the IBU Junior Cup in Europe in 2018. He never travels without his camera, and his bucket list includes exploring the High Arctic in the summer, sailing in Norway’s fjords and mountain biking in New Zealand.

Angus has been part of the WNDC since summer 2016.

WNDC Coaches

WNDC Head Coach Etienne Letondeur, Whistler Olympic Park
Etienne Letondeur
Head Coach

Etienne has been involved in Nordic sports his whole life. Growing up in one of France’s #1 biathlon areas, in a family involved in the sports and with Nordic trails going through his backyard, he stood on skis the first time when he was 17 months old. Since then he has been connected to the sports competitively both as athlete and coach, on the business side as sales and race service representative for ski brands, and as a technical advisor, volunteer and association member to foster sport development.

Etienne Letondeur has been WNDC Head Coach since 2016.

WNDC Assistant Coach Marion Bottesi, Whistler Olympic Park
Marion Bottesi
Assistant Coach

Born in Villard de lans France, Marion Bottesi has been involved in cross country skiing and biathlon since she was a child. She started cross country skiing at the age of eight. Always intrigued by the sport of biathlon, Marion soon started practicing shooting indoors with air guns, until she was legally allowed to shoot 22 calibre biathlon rifles at the age of 14. After racing on the provincial team for a while, she then transitioned to her real passion, coaching. Now she loves to help others on their journey to achieve their athletic goals.

Marion Bottesi has been WNDC Assistant Coach since 2019.

Browse our Alumni!

Since its first season in 2016/2017, the WNDC has been growing constantly, and has attracted athletes from all over the country to train at Whistler Olympic Park.

WNDC Team 2019/20

Larissa Black
Biathlon

Larissa was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2020.

Sergey Bochkarnikov
Biathlon

Sergey was part of the WNDC from summer 2018 to spring 2020.

Zachary Connell
Biathlon

Zachary has been part of the WNDC from summer 2019 until today.

Brett Down
Biathlon

Brett was part of the WNDC from summer 2019 to spring 2020.

Ryan Elden
Biathlon

Ryan has been part of the WNDC from  summer 2017 until today.

Gillian Gowling
Biathlon

Gillian was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2020.

Janice Grundahl
Biathlon

Janice has been part of the WNDC from summer 2019 until today.

Coralie Langel
Biathlon

Coralie was part of the WNDC from summer 2019 to spring 2020.

Keiran Marchand
Biathlon

Keiran has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Logan Pletz
Biathlon

Logan has been part of the WNDC from summer 2019 until today.

Lisa Savoie
Cross-Country

Lisa was part of the WNDC from summer 2019 to spring 2020.

Andrei Secu
Biathlon

Andrei has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Lucas Smith
Biathlon

Lucas has been part of the WNDC from summer 2018 until today.

Hanne Stadnyk
Biathlon

Hanne has been part of the WNDC from summer 2019 until today.

Angus Tweedie
Biathlon

Angus has been part of the WNDC from summer 2016 until today.

WNDC Team 2018/19

Larissa Black
Biathlon

Larissa was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2020.

Sergey Bochkarnikov
Biathlon

Sergey was part of the WNDC from summer 2018 to spring 2020.

Ryan Elden
Biathlon

Ryan has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Gillian Gowling
Biathlon

Gillian was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2020.

Keiran Marchand
Biathlon

Keiran has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Zoë Pekos
Biathlon

Zoë was part of the WNDC from summer 2018 to spring 2019.

Andrei Secu
Biathlon

Andrei Secu has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Lucas Smith
Biathlon

Lucas has been part of the WNDC from summer 2018 until today.

Angus Tweedie
Biathlon

Angus Tweedie has been part of the WNDC from summer 2016 until today.

Natasia Varieur
Biathlon

Natasia was part of the WNDC from summer 2018 to spring 2019.

WNDC Team 2017/18

Jarod Algra
Biathlon

Jarod was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2018.

Larissa Black
Biathlon

Larissa was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2020.

Lucie Colin
Cross-country

Lucie was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2018.

Ryan Elden
Biathlon

Ryan has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Gillian Gowling
Biathlon

Gillian was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2020.

Kaede Kawano
Biathlon

Kaede was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2018.

Keiran Marchand
Biathlon

Keiran has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Benita Peiffer
Biathlon, Cross-Country

Benita was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to spring 2018.

Andrei Secu
Biathlon

Andrei Secu has been part of the WNDC from summer 2017 until today.

Angus Tweedie
Biathlon

Angus Tweedie has been part of the WNDC from summer 2016 until today.

WNDC Team 2016/17

JAROD ALGRA
Biathlon

Jarod was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2018.

BOBBY KREITZ
Biathlon

Bobby was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2017.

COLTON MacDOUGALL
Biathlon

Colton was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2017.

ANGUS TWEEDIE
Biathlon

Angus has been part of the WNDC from summer 2016 until today.

Former WNDC Coaches

Jessica Blenkarn

Jessica started cross country skiing when she was 4 years old and went on to compete as a varsity athlete. She started coaching while racing for the University of Guelph and following a move to Squamish, BC, continued coaching skiing as well as biathlon, at Whistler Olympic Park and for the Sea to Sky Nordics Club. In 2017, Jessica coached for Biathlon Canada leading the teams at Open European Championships, IBU Cup 7 and the Junior IBU Tour. In 2018, she coached for Biathlon Canada at World Youth/Junior Championships as well as the Junior IBU Tour. Jessica became the Provincial Head Coach in 2018 for Biathlon BC and led Team BC during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Jessica was WNDC Assistant Coach from 2016 to 2019.

Martin Schrama

Nordic sports have always been part of Martin's life. His parents ran the local Nordic Ski Club in Fort McMurray/Alberta, so Martin started skiing as a small child with his family. He soon became a competitive athlete. In 2010, he became Junior National Champion. He was member of both the Alberta and British Columbia provincial teams, and in 2011/2012, he was even part of the Canadian Junior National Team. After moving to Whistler in 2011, He gained experience training in professional race teams during his time with the Callaghan Valley Training Centre from 2011-2014. Martin has coached Nordic skiers from grassroots level to development athletes.

Martin was WNDC Assistant Coach from 2016 to 2018.