Kennedy was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, AB and learned to ski and snowboard in a recreational manner at the ages of 4 & 10. Living in Rocky, Kennedy had little to no access to elite sports and no access to snowsports programs whatsoever. Kennedy focused their younger years on accessible sports & moved to Kelowna at 18 to be closer to the mountains.
At age 21, Kennedy acted on a lifelong desire to compete in elite level snowboarding with no prior training or experience.
Kennedy Justinen |Snowboardcross Rider
In 2022, Kennedy finished 3rd overall on the NorAm Cup tour; acquiring a personal spot on the Canadian World Cup team for the 2022/23 season.
"2022 created room for me to compete on the NorAm Cup after losing an opportunity to compete on the World Cup due to covid-19 closures canceling a qualification race.
October through November of 2021, I completed three training blocks. First in Saas Fee, Switzerland where I had access to an sbx track, followed by some freeride & carving training in Hintertux, Austria. Finally in Pitztal, Austria, where I had access to another snowboardcross track.
As I prepared physically and mentally to finish in the Top 3 on the NorAm Cup, I felt fortunate to continue to grow a community of supporters, and share in the highs and lows of training as a professional athlete.
Check out my "blog" section to read about this season's results, and follow my social pages
In 2020 - Kennedy's second competitive year - they achieved the minimum World Cup criteria and finished 9th overall on the NorAm Cup.
In 2021 we hosted a LIVE Stream event and Silent Auction on Saturday September 11th. The event was successful in raising funds for some pre-season costs; including BC Snowboard Team Fees, flights to Switzerland & some meals along the way.
Kennedy is hosting another Silent Auction and live event this summer August 12th-14th 2022, online through trellis.org/journey-to-olympics .
We invite you to join TeamSBX, and participate in the Prediction Poll, Silent Auction or LIVE event this August (2022) in support of a training block in South America and preparation for the World Cups.
Together we will make it to World Stages. Join hundreds of people who have contributed through multiple fundraising platforms.