WNDC Team

Athletes & Coaches

Whistler Nordic Development Centre

Many talented Canadian and international athletes and alumni have been members of the Whistler Nordic Development Centre since its inception in 2016/17. Meet our current WNDC team, with the full-time Podium & Performance athletes and the Summer & Next Gen group, as well as our coaches, and browse through our alumni!

WNDC Podium & Performance Biathlon Team 2021/22

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Sean Benson
Performance Program

Born January 7, 2003 in Vancouver, BC

Sean started biathlon in 2013/14 with the Sea to Sky Nordics. He enjoys the thrill during races when he pushes himself to work as hard as possible, and loves just getting out on the trails on his skis. In 2019, he placed fifth in the National Championships’ individual race. During his time with WNDC, he hopes to focus on his technique and improve his efficiency. When he is not training for biathlon, his favorite pastime is mountain biking, be it downhill, enduro or cross country. Apart from his biathlon achievements, Sean is most proud of his anti-bullying work at his high school, leading Pink Shirt Day activities and supporting initiatives to spread awareness of bullying. On his bucket list are traveling to Botswana and Namibia for a safari, spending a year in France and learning Spanish.

Sean has been part of the WNDC since spring 2021.

Zachary Connelly - WNDC Athlete
Zachary Connelly
PODIUM pROGRAM

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.

Ryan Elden - WNDC Athlete
Ryan Elden
pODIUM pROGRAM

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.

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Vincent Girard
Performance Program

Born April 26, 2002 in Chicoutimi, QC

Vincent got involved in biathlon at the age of 12 through the cadets program. Initially he tried the sport just for fun, but was immediately fascinated by its demanding nature and technical challenges. He especially loves the contrast of skiing as an aerobic sport and shooting as the complete opposite, a challenge he works on mastering every day. Vincent has already won several Quebec Cups in biathlon, several gold medals in NorAm Championships races, and he competed at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in 2021. His athletic goal is to be successful in World Cup events, and to eventually race in the Olympic Games. Three things on his bucket list are to have dinner with the social media personality and singer Dixie D'Amelio, watch a Los Angeles Lakers game and go on a road trip with his friends.

Vincent has been part of the WNDC since spring 2021.

Janice Grundahl - WNDC Athlete
Janice Grundahl
pERFORMANCE pROGRAM

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.

Locan Pletz - WNDC Athlete
Logan Pletz
pODIUM pROGRAM

Born November 7, 2000 in 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.

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Trevor Schick
Performance Program

Born February 9, 2003 in Toronto, ON

Trevor started his cross country ski and biathlon career with the Highlands Trailblazers in Ontario, and recently raced for BC’s Sea to Sky Nordics. Among other major results, he achieved top ten finishes at the Canadian Nationals in 2018/19. He loves his sport because it keeps him honest, allows him to get to performance levels he would not have achieved otherwise, and it connects him with great places and people. His goal is to become the best athlete he can be, and with an open mind learn every detail about what it takes to perform at the top level. When he is not training, he likes to fix and tune bikes, taking photos and relaxing with video games. Three things on his bucket list are skydiving, meeting up with online friends from around the world and visiting the Tomorrowland Music Festival in Belgium.

Trevor has been part of the WNDC since spring 2021.

Andrei Secu - WNDC Athlete
Andrei Secu
pODIUM pROGRAM

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.

Lucas Smith - WNDC Athlete
Lucas Smith
pODIUM pROGRAM

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.

Meaghan Smith - WNDC Athlete
Meaghan Smith
pERFORMANCE pROGRAM

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.

Hanne Stadnyk - WNDC Athlete
Hanne Stadnyk
pERFORMANCE pROGRAM

Born March 29, 1998 in 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.

Summer & Next Gen Biathlon Program 2021/22

Larissa Black
Summer Program

Born February 16, 1999 in Vancouver, BC

Larissa got introduced to biathlon through a program with the Sea to Sky Nordics at Whistler Olympic Park. Within only a few years, she raced to local, provincial and national podiums. She represented Canada at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships events 2019 (Slovakia), 2020 (Switzerland) and 2021 (Austria), and raced in several other IBU competitions in Europe. She loves her sport because the combination of skiing and shooting challenges her both physically and mentally, and the two disciplines motivate her to work on constant growth and improvement. While her athletic goal is to keep racing for Team Canada, the nature lover’s recreational goals are to go on a multi day bike-packing trip with her mom, learn how to fly-fish and to travel to Alaska.

Larissa was part of the WNDC full-time team from summer 2017 to spring 2020, and joins again for the Summer Program 2021.

Sophie Firth
Next Gen Program

Born August 24, 2005 in Vancouver, BC

Sophie got involved in biathlon only three years ago, in 2018 with the Sea to Sky Nordics, and loves the outdoor sport and the people she gets to train and progress with. Since 2018 she has raced to many top results, with her highlight being the 2020 BC Winter Games (silver in Mixed Relay, fourth in Individual, fifth in Sprint, fifth in Girls Team Relay). The determined athlete’s goal for the near future is to podium at the Nationals. Aside from skinny skis, downhill skiing is her biggest passion. She loves to bring her camera along with her and hopes to travel the world, to learn to speak Norwegian, and to watch a biathlon World Cup event in Europe.

Sophie joins the WNDC Next Gen Program from summer 2021 to spring 2022.

Jasper Fleming
Next Gen Program

Born July 5, 2005 in Edmonton, AB

Jasper has been cross country and downhill skiing since he was a child, and got involved in biathlon at the age of nine in Edmonton. He is now a Sea to Sky Nordics member. He was the youngest athlete to compete at the Nationals in 2018, raced to a bronze at the Canmore NorAms in 2019 and came in first in his age group’s sprint race in the Western Canadian Championships 2020. In his training, he wants to make every day count, and put in whatever it takes and more. His athletic goal is to represent Canada in the Olympic Games. If he is not on skis, he loves mountain biking, guitar, photography, art and seeking adventure with his friends.

Jasper joins the WNDC Next Gen Program from summer 2021 to spring 2022.

Kira Friesen
Summer Program

Born December 10, 2002 in Kelowna, BC

Kira comes to the WNDC summer program from Telemark Nordic Club in Kelowna. The young biathlete has celebrated many major results, the most impactful being her performance at the 2019 Nationals in Whistler, with a gold in the pursuit, a silver in the individual, a bronze in the sprint and a gold in the team relay race. She hopes to continue on her path of consistently ranking in the top five nationally. She loves her sport for the supportive community, and she simply enjoys to ski. Aside from her athletic achievements, the music and art lover is most proud of her paintings. Having one of her art pieces put on display in a public exhibition is on top of her bucket list, alongside going on a weeklong backpacking or canoe trip and traveling to the Yukon.

Kira joins the WNDC for the Summer Program 2021.

Alexander Hatloe
Next Gen Program

Born July 15, 2004 in Sechelt, BC

Sea to Sky Nordics athlete Alexander has been involved in biathlon since summer 2017 when he tried it for the first time at Whistler Olympic Park. He has been very successful in recent trial races, for example the winter 2021 national team test where he came in seventh overall and third in his age category nationally. He loves the constant challenge and reward cycle in the sport of biathlon. Alexander is proud of the progress he has made as an athlete, and hopes that the time with the WNDC will help him achieve his athletic goal of racing to the podium in national competitions. Three things on the music and book lover’s bucket list are to experience Japan, to go skydiving and to go exploring.

Alexander joins the WNDC Next Gen Program from summer 2021 to spring 2022.

Sofie Hill
Next Gen Program

Born November 13, 2004 in Vancouver, BC

Sofie tried biathlon for the first time when she was nine. Her most recent major race results with the Sea to Sky Nordics are a silver and bronze at the 2018 BC Winter Games, a gold at the 2020 BC Championships and a first place at the 2020 BC Cup in Burns Lake. She is most proud of qualifying for the U20 National Team for the 2020/21 season. She enjoys that biathlon allows her to be outside in nature, and she loves that anyone at the start line has the chance to win. The determined athletes’ goal is to place in the top three at National Championships and to eventually race in Europe in a Youth/Junior World Cup. Apart from biathlon, she loves downhill skiing and traveling. Three things on her bucket list are going to the Arctic, skydiving and hiking in the alps.

Sofie joins the WNDC Next Gen Program from summer 2021 to spring 2022.

Emma Malkoske
Summer Program

Born July 29, 2004 in Winnipeg, MB

Emma joins the WNDC from the Red River Nordic Ski and Biathlon Club. She is excited to spend time within the team as at home in Manitoba she often has to train alone. She got involved in biathlon 2015, some of her most recent major results are a silver and bronze in the Canmore Calforex Cup in December 2019, being accepted on the U20 National Development Team and placing second overall in the national team test SrBG category. The focused athlete likes challenging herself to ski faster and shoot more accurately while racing on different courses and terrain. Her athletic goal is to represent Canada in Europe. Other things on her bucket list are to visit Japan and to adopt lots of guinea pigs!

Emma joins the WNDC for the Summer Program 2021.

WNDC Coaches

Etienne Letondeur - WNDC Head Coach
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.

Marion Bottesi - WNDC Assistant Coach
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 2020/21

Zachary Connelly
Biathlon

Zachary has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

Ryan Elden
Biathlon

Ryan has been part of the WNDC since summer 2017.

Janice Grundahl
Biathlon

Janice has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

Logan Pletz
Biathlon

Logan has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

Andrei Secu
Biathlon

Andrei has been part of the WNDC since summer 2017.

Lucas Smith
Biathlon

Lucas has been part of the WNDC since summer 2018.

Meaghan Smith
Biathlon

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

Hanne Stadnyk
Biathlon

Hanne has been part of the WNDC since summer 2019.

Angus Tweedie
Biathlon

Angus was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2021.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to fall 2020.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2021.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to fall 2020.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2021.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2017 to fall 2020.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2021.

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 was part of the WNDC from summer 2016 to spring 2021.

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.