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Neumann qualifies for major trip

Matt Neumann has booked himself a trip to Sweden.

Matt Neumann has booked himself a trip to Sweden.

The 20-year-old Prince George biathlete finished second and third in the junior men's 10-kilometre sprints, Thursday and Saturday, to claim a spot on Canada's team for the world junior and youth championships, Jan. 26-Feb. 2 in Torsby, Sweden.

A broken rifle strap led to a fifth-place result for Neumann in Sunday's pursuit, but the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member had more than enough points to claim a position on the junior national team.

It was also a great weekend for Sarah Beaudry of the Caledonia club. Racing up an age category, the 15-year-old qualified for the youth national team for Sweden by posting second- and third-place results in the sprints. However she won't be making the trip, which is not funded by Biathlon Canada. Beaudry was seventh Sunday in the pursuit.

One other Prince George athlete, 18-year-old B.C. team member Aaron Neumann, was fourth and fifth in the 7.5km youth men's sprints, and was seventh in the pursuit.

Meanwhile, at the B.C. Cup No. 3 races over the weekend in Quesnel, Sylvain Beaudry, 17, captured gold in the 7.5km youth men's sprint and the 10km individual race.

Arthur Roots, 15, and Robbie Martin, 16, finished 1-2 in the senior boys 6km sprint.

The two Beaudrys, both Neumanns, Martin and Roots will represent B.C. at the Canadian junior and youth biathlon championships in Canmore, March 1-7.