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Whitehorse teen to compete in winter youth Olympics

Thomas Scoffin is headed to Austria to compete in the Canadian Youth Olympic Curling team's first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Thomas Scoffin headed with team to Austria for sporting event

Thomas Scoffin from Whitehorse will head to Austria to compete in the Winter Youth Olympic Games. He is the skip for the Canadian Youth Olympic Curling team. (CBC)

A Whitehorse youth is headed to Austria to compete at a unique world sporting event.

Thomas Scoffin, 17, will lead the Canadian Youth Olympic Curling team at its first Winter Youth Olympic Games appearance.

Scoffin says the competition will be tough, but the team is looking forward to the opportunity.

"We've worked really hard for it. We know when we leave, we're going to leave with no regrets, no matter what happens. We've never worked harder for anything in our lives, I'm pretty sure. Hopefully we can come home with the gold around our necks," said Scoffin.

The teenager has been curling since he was eight years old. He said the Youth Olympics is only the beginning — he hopes to compete in the Winter Olympics some day.

Scoffin and his teammates will compete against Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Japan.

Scoffin's four-person team is made up players from across Canada.

The third on the team, Corryn Brown from British Columbia, was also chosen as Team Canada's flag bearer at the Youth Olympics opening ceremonies.