Ben Churchill will carry Canada's flag in Lillehammer ©Ben Churchill/Instagram

Seventeen-year-old biathlete Ben Churchill will be Canada's flagbearer at this month's Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer.

The Calgary native has been chosen for the opening ceremony on February 12 after Canada named a 54-strong team to travel to Norway.

He is considered as one of the country's most promising biathlon talents, having won the men’s 15 kilometres individual event at the 2015 Canada Games.

In addition, he led his province of Alberta to the silver medal in the men's 3x7.5km relay.

“Representing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games has been a dream come true, and to go as flagbearer will make this experience even more special," he said.

"Canada’s winter sport legacy has been crafted by generations of determined, persistent, and courageous athletes, and it is my sincere hope to honour that history during these Games.

"Hoisting the maple leaf, a unifying symbol for Canada, is something I will do with pride.”

Isabelle Charest will be Canada's Chef de Mission
Isabelle Charest will be Canada's Chef de Mission ©Getty Images

The team will be led by Chef de Mission Isabelle Charest, a three-time Olympian and triple Olympic medallist in short track speed skating.

“It is such an honour to be Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games," said Charest, who won a silver medal in the 3,000 metres relay at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics, as well as bronzes in the event at Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002.

"Lillehammer was the setting of the beginning of my Olympic journey, and the 1994 Games shaped the rest of my life.

"I know the Youth Olympic Games can do the same for the young athletes who will take part.

"It will be a major milestone in their careers and I’m thrilled to be a part of it and use my experience to help them reach their potential.

"I’m thrilled to work with the ones who will inspire future generations of athletes.”

Canada won nine medals at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, two of them gold.

The full Canadian team for Lillehammer can be viewed here