Benoît Lamarche named president of the Gaétan-Boucher National Centre

Benoît Lamarche named president of the Gaétan-Boucher National Centre

QUEBEC CITY (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011) Speed Skating Canada and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec (FPVQ) are pleased to announce today the appointment of Benoît Lamarche as president of the Gaétan-Boucher National (speed skating) Centre.

A former long track speed skater and member of the national team for close to 10 years during the 1980s and 1990s, Lamarche represented Canada at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and 1988 Calgary Olympics. He was also the all distance Canadian champion for five consecutive years.

A member of the Quebec federation’s board of directors from 2007 to 2011, Lamarche has been involved in many aspects of the sport, including nutrition for the long track team at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Professor at Laval University and researcher at the nutraceuticals institute, Lamarche is pleased with the appointment. “To give back to my sport is satisfying and being in a position to contribute to the growth of the Gaétan-Boucher National Centre at a pivotal moment means a lot to me. I also hope to contribute towards the covered oval project for Quebec City and see it through to its reality,” noted Lamarche, who trained many years with the four-time Olympian and namesake of the facility.

Lamarche immediately begins his volunteer role as president of the national training center. He replaces Robert Dubreuil, FPVQ director general, who held the post for the past 12 years.

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