Selection Rationale

2023-24 World Cup Period 5 Team Nominations

February 21, 2024

Selection Rationale

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Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the World Cup Period 5 Team from February 19 to March 18, 2024 with races in Lahti, Oslo, Drammen and Falun. Athlete selections were based on the 2023-24 Nordiq Canada Competition Trip Criteria.


Additional priorities considered in athlete selections were:

  • Ideal team composition of three (3) athletes per gender to aid mental and physical health.
  • With heavy sprint schedule in P5, continue to build on sprint and relay strategies with a focus on tactical strategies for sprint qualification.
  • Team size maximum of eight (8) athletes.


The deadline to appeal World Cup P5 Team nominations is February 23, 2024 11:59 PM MST. Appeals must be submitted in writing to Nordiq Canada’s Appeal Manager, Stefano Mingarelli, at .



Sonjaa Schmidt, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, AIAWCA

Liliane Gagnon, Skibec, CNEPH

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Nakkertok Nordic, AIAWCA

Sasha Masson, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, CNEPH

Antoine Cyr, Skinouk, CNEPH

Xavier McKeever, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, AIAWCA

Pierre Grall-Johnson, Nakkertok Nordic, NTDC T-Bay

Samuel Hendry, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, CNEPH


Athlete nominations were made by the High Performance Committee (HPC) based on the 2023-24 Nordiq Canada Competition Trip Criteria. The HPC oversaw the selection process as per the Nordiq Canada Nomination, Selection and Announcement policy. Members of this committee are:

  • Graham Nishikawa (athlete rep – Para)
  • Devon Kershaw (athlete rep – Olympic)
  • Maria Lundgren (BC)
  • Pauline Nadlersmith (ON)
  • John Lofranco (Athletics Canada)
  • Julie Beaulieu (Nordiq Canada)
  • Kate Boyd (Nordiq Canada)
  • Chris Jeffries (Nordiq Canada)

Final athlete selections were approved by Chris Jeffries, High Performance Director – Olympic.