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A big team of young British skiers and snowboarders is off to New Zealand next month to compete in the Junior Freestyle World Championships.

The 20 selected athletes include two of PlanetSKI's featured ones-to-watch.

14-year-old skier Kirsty Muir (main photo) will make the long journey down under.

It's after a trip to Whistler to take up her prestigious "Spirit of Sarah" scholarship from the Sarah Burke Foundation and Momentum Camps.

Kirsty is now in Whistler and writing for PlanetSKI of the experience: 

She is among eight park and pipe skiers who'll compete in Cardrona.

The only snowboarder in the park and pipe team is 15-year-old Gabe Adams who has had his best ever season.

He is preparing to step up to World Cup action in the main GB Park and Pipe team next season.

Gabe AdamsGabe Adams

The Junior Worlds will take place in Cardrona in late August and early September.

The programme includes Big Air, Halfpipe and Slopestyle for both ski and snowboard, as well as Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross.


The Park & Pipe skiing contingent includes 18-year-old Sam Ward (halfpipe and slopestyle), who scored Nor-Am and Europa Cup top 10s last season.

He 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.

The event 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.

Tom GreenwayTom Greenway - photo Samuel McMahon/Intersport















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.

In the women's event, Kirsty Muir will be joined by Connie Brogden and Zoe Atkin.

All three will compete 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.

Kirsty Muir at the BRITS 2018Kirsty Muir at the BRITS - photo Bluebird Photography














15-year-old Zoe Atkin finished second at Cardrona in an Australia-New Zealand Cup event last August.

She had a strong North American season where she finished no worse than seventh in FIS and Nor-Am Cup events.

In snowboard, Gabe Adams will compete in snowboard slopestyle and big air having featured in both events at last year's event in the Czech Republic.

He's 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.

Gabe AdamsGabe Adams
















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).

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.

Emma PetersEmma Peters (left)













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.

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).

Maisie Hill at the BRITS 2018Maisie Hill in the halfpipe at the BRITS - photo

















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.

Ellie Souter bronze at European Youth Games 2017Ellie Souter wins bronze at the European Youth Olympics 2017













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 24th August and run for two weeks.


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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