WNDC Athletes & Coaches


WNDC Athletes

Jarod Algra


Born April 28, 1997 in Lethbridge, Alberta

His first biathlon season was 2011/2012 when he started with the Air Cadets, after that he joined the West Coast Nordics. Things he loves most about his sport are the excitement of competitions and the unpredictability of biathlon. His big goal is to compete in the 2018 Junior World Championships, and he is on a good way to that with a third place at the NorAms 2015/2016 and a sixth place in the Canadian Championships 2016. Jarod's big goal is to ski in Finland and Norway, and his determination might bring him there soon!

Jarod has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2016.

Larissa Black


Born February 16, 1999 in Vancouver, BC

2017/2018 is only Larissa’s third competitive biathlon season, but despite being fairly new to the sport, she managed to finish sixth in the 2017 North American and Canadian Championships’ sprint race. She loves biathlon because the combination of skiing and shooting challenges her both physically and mentally. Except from working hard towards her goal of racing on an international level, she loves swimming in the lake and downhill skiing. Three things on her bucket list are scuba diving, seeing AC/DC in concert and learning to sail.

Larissa has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Lucie Colin


Born November 4, 1999 in Clermont Ferrand/France

Lucie has been cross-country skiing for as long as she can remember. With parents that were Nordic athletes, she began racing when she was five. She recently participated in the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival 2017 in Turkey and the FIS World School Championships 2016 in Italy, skied to podiums at national championships and became French relay champion in both 2016 and 2017. She loves her sport because it has taught her how to fight and how to work hard towards her goals in life. Except from skiing to the podium, her bucket list includes going skydiving, seeing the aurora borealis and walking on the Great Wall of China.

Lucie has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Ryan Elden


Born November 8, 1999 in Quesnel, BC

Ryan has been involved in biathlon since 2009. He placed third in the Nationals in 2014 and, as athlete #5 in his age group ranking, unfortunately just missed one of Canada’s four spots for the IBU World Junior Championships 2017. He is passionate about biathlon because he finds it both challenging and rewarding. He loves to train in a team environment and tries to motivate everyone to stay positive. While his athletic ambition is to race at the Olympic Games, his recreational goals are to try sky diving, scuba diving and to travel more.

Ryan has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Gillian Gowling


Bio to follow

Kaede Kawano


Born June 15, 1999 in Squamish, BC

Kaede got introduced to biathlon in 2015 after being a cross-country skier for many years, and she was instantly fascinated by the discipline’s element of surprise. Only six months into her biathlon career she placed sixth in the Nationals, using a rifle that she had borrowed from her club – a true proof of her persistence, which Kaede names as her biggest strength. In 2017, her sprint team came in third at the North American Championships. She enjoys playing music and hopes to one day try sky diving, ride a hot air balloon and participate in a colour run.

Kaede has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Keiran Marchand


Born September 26, 1999 in Nelson, BC

Keiran started cross-country skiing when he was two years old and got involved in biathlon when he was nine. He loves biathlon for the challenge it presents, which helped him develop his biggest strength, persistence (fittingly, his favorite song is Queen’s “Don’t stop me now”). His biggest, most recent results are a first and a fifth place in the NorAm Cup #2 in Whistler in January 2018, and a fourth place in the National Team Trials in Canmore in fall 2017. Keiran loves the outdoors and hopes to one day backpack across New Zealand, compete in the Barkley Marathons, hike Mt. Logan and, in biathlon, to represent Canada overseas.

Keiran has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Benita Peiffer

Biathlon, Cross-Country

Born September 29, 2000 in Vancouver, BC

Benita began cross-country skiing as a four year-old, but only started pursuing the sport competitively when she was eleven. She got involved in the sport of biathlon in 2014, and has since successfully competed in both disciplines. In biathlon, she recently achieved 12th place at the IBU Junior Cup Pokljuka 2017 and won a gold and two silver medals at the Nationals 2017. In cross-country, she raced to a 6th place in the World Junior Trials Mass Start, and won gold and bronze in the Nationals, as well the 2nd place overall aggregate award. Benita loves the combination of the focus required for shooting and the endurance required for cross-country skiing. Her athletic goal is to race on World Cup level.

Benita has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Andrei Secu


Born May 16, 1999 in Brasov/Romania

Andrei was introduced to biathlon through the cadet program in 2014. His biggest achievement so far is a ninth place at the Canadian Nationals 2016, a gold medal at the BC Winter Games in 2016 and two BC Cup victories in 2017. Biathlon makes him live in the moment, when he tunes out his surroundings to fully focus on racing. To jumpstart his athletic career, he graduated early from high school. His big goal is to compete in the Olympic Games, also on his bucket list are white water kayaking, exploring Romanian mountains and racing against the best biathletes.

Andrei Secu has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2017.

Angus Tweedie


Born May 14, 1997 in Smithers, BC

Angus first got involved in biathlon in Smithers in 2006. His biggest achievements so far are a fourth place in the individual competition at the Nationals 2017, three relay podium finishes at several National Championships and three gold medals at the 2012 BC Winter Games. The self-proclaimed perfectionist loves biathlon because "there is no such thing as perfect in this sport". He loves mountain biking and backcountry skiing and never travels without his camera. As a talented craftsman, he did a complete rebuild of his rifle stock to modify it.

Angus Tweedie has been part of the WNDC since Summer 2016.

WNDC Coaches

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.

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Martin Schrama

Assistant Coach

Nordic sports have always been part of Martin's life. His parents ran the local Nordic Ski Club, so Martin started skiing as a small child. 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, part of the Canadian Junior National Team in 2011/2012 and a member of the Callaghan Valley Training Centre from 2011-2014. Martin has coached Nordic skiers from grassroots level to development athletes since 2012.

Martin Schrama has been WNDC Assistant Coach since 2016.

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