Canadian Junior Short Track Championships in Montreal Namasthée Harris-Gauthier & Alexander Fathoullin crowned champions!

Montreal’s Namasthée Harris-Gauthier and Alberta’s Alexander Sacha Fathoullin captured the 2014 Canadian Junior Short Track Championships today after three days of fast-paced competition on the weekend at Montreal’s Maurice Richard Arena.

 

On the women’s side, Harris-Gauthier had a perfect day, claiming victory in the 1000m and Super 1500m events. She finished first in the overall standings with 3,359 points, ahead of three other Quebec competitors: Sherbrooke’s Kim Boutin (2,994 points), Boucherville’s Audrey Phaneuf (2,318 points) and Saguenay’s Joanie Gervais (2,164 points). These 4 skaters earn a spot on the Canadian team set to compete at the 2014 ISU World Junior Short Track Championships in Erzurum, Turkey, from March 7 – 9, 2014.

 

For Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, who was a dominant force during this past weekend’s competition with three wins in four events, being selected to the team is a huge relief after toiling the past two seasons due to injuries that prevented her from qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

 

On the men’s side, Alberta’s Alexander Sacha Fathoullin followed in Harris-Gauthier’s footsteps by winning both of the day’s events.

 

He finished first overall with 3,359 points, ahead of Quebec competitors Samuel Girard (from Fernand-Boileau) with 2,702 points, Sébastien Gagnon (from Sainte-Anne des Plaines) with 2,450 points and Maxime Laoun (Montreal) with 2,287 points. These four athletes will make up the National Junior team that will be representing Canada at the 2014 ISU World Junior Short Track Championships.