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4 janvier 2019

Matej Pederson confident heading to his first World junior championships

Matej Pederson will be one of the Canadian skaters to look out for at the 2019 World junior short track championships to be held in Montreal in a few weeks.

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Bill Christ

After a solid performance at the Canadian junior short track championships earlier this season in Calgary, Alberta’s Matej Pederson will make his World junior championships debut this month in Montreal. After going through some difficulties on day 1 on 1500m, which is usually his best distance, Pederson managed to finish second on both the 500m and the 1000m to seal the deal and qualify for his first international championships. "The plan was always to make the team, but with such a close group of guys this year I just wanted to skate as well as I could’’ said Pederson a couple of days after his qualification on the team.

Having participated in the Invitation cup in the Netherlands and the Alta Valtellina Trophy in Italy earlier this season, the Calgary based skater already has some international experience and was able to set some goals for the World Junior championships: "Individually I would like to make it into the finals for all the distances, and hopefully pick up a medal in the relay with the boys’’. An all rookie Canadian team will be racing at this year’s junior championships as Pederson will be joined by Nicolas Perreault, William Dandjinou and Felix Pigeon. When asked about the young canadian team, Matej Pederson seemed confident: "The team is very young this season, but I believe all of us have proved that we can compete with some of the best skaters in Canada and the world. I have high hopes for myself and my teammates".  

You’ll be able to see Pederson and his teammates represent Canada at the World junior short track championships in Montreal from January 25th to 27th. Our team will be on location to cover the event.

Canadian junior team 2019
Courtney Sarault - NB
Claudia Heeney - ONT
Hee-won Son - AB
Juliette Brindamour - QC

Nicolas Perreault - QC
William Dandjinou - QC
Matej Pederson - AB
Felix Pigeon - QC

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