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How to watch and follow Team Canada at World XC Championships

28 Canadian athletes will compete tonight at the World XC Championships from Down Under. Find out how you can follow all the action

Photo by: Roger Sedres/Athletics Canada

After a four-year hiatus, the World Cross-Country Championships return on Friday evening and Saturday morning from Mount Panorama in Bathurst, Australia. There will be 28 Canadian athletes competing across the five races at these championships, and plenty of entertaining races to follow. 

John Gay World XC
John Gay at the 2019 World XC Championships in Aarhus, Denmark

Leading the way for Team Canada are 2022 Canadian XC champions Julie-Anne Staehli and Connor Black, who both won their first XC senior titles in November. In total, Team Canada features five Olympians and seven athletes who have previously competed at the World XC.

John Gay, Natalia Allen (formerly Natalia Hawthorn) and Katelyn Ayers are the only returnees for Canada from the 2019 team in Aarhus, Denmark, where the Canadian men’s senior team placed 16th out of 18, while the women’s team finished seventh out of 16, led by Genevieve Lalonde, who placed 20th.

The 4x2km mixed relay was introduced to the world cross-country championships in Kampala, Uganda, in 2017, and it will make its return in 2023. Canada will contest the event for the first time, sending a team of up-and-coming athletes.

Kate Current
Kate Current of Cobourg, Ont., will represent Team Canada in the 4x 2km relay. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Schedule

11:30 p.m. E.T.: Mixed 4 x 2 km Relay (Kate Current, Erin Teschuk, Perry Mackinnon and Matthew Beaudet)

12:10 a.m. E.T.: U20 Women’s Race (6K) (Erin Vringer, Marike Couture, Ella Ballard, Emily Cescon, Muriel Lovshin and Michelle Gray)

12:50 a.m. E.T.: U20 Men’s Race (8K) (Heath McAllister, Jack Lehto, Tanner Hueglin, Tristan Coles, Jaxon Kuchar and Gaetano Pocchi)

1:30 a.m. E.T.: Women’s Race (10K) (Julie-Anne Staehli, Katelyn Ayers, Natalia Allen, Kate Bazeley, Regan Yee and Maria Bernard-Galea)

2:30 a.m. E.T.: Men’s Race (10K) (Connor Black, John Gay, Max Turek, Andrew Davies, Mitch Ubene and Phil Parrot-Migas)

You can catch the action live by streaming it on CBC or the CBC Sports app. Coverage will begin at 11 p.m. E.T.

Follow @CanadianRunning on Twitter for live tweets, up-to-date stories and news from the 2023 World XC Championships in Australia.

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