Grey named to world championship team

Rossland’s George Grey will be part of the Canadian contingent at the 2011 senior World Cross Country Ski Championships.

George Grey (left) and Stefan Kuhn raced to the finish line in Rossland in December. Both skiers were named to the world championship team on Monday.

George Grey (left) and Stefan Kuhn raced to the finish line in Rossland in December. Both skiers were named to the world championship team on Monday.

Rossland’s George Grey will be part of the Canadian contingent at the 2011 senior World Cross Country Ski Championships.

Cross Country Canada announced Monday the list of athletes who will represent the country at the world championships in Norway at the end of February.

Grey guaranteed his spot on the team of four women and seven men thanks to his win earlier this month in Thunder Bay. Grey took first in the men’s 30km selection race by .4 seconds over Graham Nishikawa.

Other members on the team earned their spots at the Teck Sprint Series hosted by the Black Jack Ski Club in December.

Stefan Kuhn won the men’s race in Rossland while Perianne Jones also booked her trip to the worlds after finishing second to American Sadie Bjornsen in the women’s race. Jones also won her 10km selection race in Thunder Bay.

The Canadian team also includes Devon Kershaw, who has been tearing up the World Cup circuit, a Olympic medalist Chandra Crawford.

Cross Country Canada also announced its selections for the World Junior/U23 championships set to start in Estonia on Jan. 25.

Several standouts from Black Jack’s Nor Am/Teck Sprint weekend went on to qualify during racing earlier this month in Thunder Bay.

Andy Shields, who won the junior men’s sprint race, as well as Janelle Greer and Annika Hicks, second and third among junior sprint women in Rossland, were named to the team.

Although local standouts Rebecca Reid and Geoffrey Richards failed to make the cut for the world event, they still have a big event on home turf to prepare for. The duo will be part of Team B.C. at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax in February.