Canadian titles awarded to Clara Hughes in the 5000m & Lucas Makowsky in the 10000m

Olympic champion Clara Hughes (Winnipeg, MB) won the title in the women’s 5000m on the last day of Canadian Single Distance Championship held in Richmond, BC, and Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) skated the men’s 10000m in 13 minutes and 54.33 seconds to win his second gold medal of the event.

Jordan Belchos (Toronto, ON) finished second in the men’s 10000m with a time of 14:03.23. Mathieu Giroux (Montreal, QC), took the bronze medal, finishing 0.51 second behind Belchos. Jay Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) came in fourth with a time of 14:10.05 seconds and Steven Elm (Red Deer, AB) took fifth place.

In the women’s 5000m, Kristina Groves (Ottawa, ON) finished second with a time of 7:10.91, only 0.46 seconds after Hughes. Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) took third place, skating the distance in 7:24.34. Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) finished fourth and Nicole Garrido (Edmonton, AB) ended in fifth place.

“It was a tough distance to skate. It was more of a mental battle than anything else. I am glad it is done,” said Rempel after racing the 5000m. “In all, I had a solid week. I did what I wanted to do and I am satisfied with the results”. Echoing on the comments made by other skaters throughout the week, Rempel added “The championship went well. Everybody here was excited. No one expected to see that many people here.”

Shannon Rempel was among the skaters crowned Canadian Champions during the week. Rempel won the women’s 500m title and also finished second in the 1000m and 1500m. Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) was victorious in the 1000m and 1500m and received a silver medal in the 500m. Kristina Groves won the Canadian title in the 3000m distance and Hughes rounded up the women champions with today’s victory in the 5000m.

Winners on the men’s side included Denny Morrison who took the 1000m and 1500m races. The BC native also won a silver medal in the 5000m and a bronze medal in the 500m. Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) won the 500m title and Lucas Makowsky took the honours in the 5000m and 10000m.

“I came in this week feeling confident about my equipment compared to the World Cups this fall, which gave me a chance to focus on my technique. My openers were a lot better. To qualify in all the races for the World Cups is great as this will keep doors open for me,” noted Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) when asked to reflect on his performance this week at the Richmond Olympic Oval. He continued: “It was pretty nice to have so many people at a Canadian Championship. It’s nice to have the local support as we look forward to the Olympics. This will definitely be an advantage for Canadian skaters during the Olympics.”

The following athletes have qualified for the World Cup circuit this winter. Selections will be confirmed this weekend by Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Long Track Committee.


Women – 500m
Shannon Rempel
Christine Nesbitt
Kim Weger
Tamara Oudenaarden
Danielle Wotherspoon

Women -1000m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Christine Nesbitt (pre-selected)
Shannon Rempel (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Kerry Dankers

Women – 1500m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Christine Nesbitt (pre-selected)
Shannon Rempel (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Clara Hughes

Women – 3000m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Clara Hughes (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Christine Nesbitt
Shannon Rempel

Women – 5000m
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Clara Hughes (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler
Shannon Rempel
Nicole Garrido

Team Pursuit
Kristina Groves (pre-selected)
Christine Nesbitt (pre-selected)
Brittany Schussler (pre-selected)
Clara Hughes
Shannon Rempel
Justine L’Heureux

Men – 500m
Jamie Gregg
Kyle Parrott
Denny Morrison
Muncef Ouardi
Vincent Labrie

Men – 1000m
Denny Morrison (pre-selected)
Kyle Parrott
François-Olivier Roberge
Jamie Gregg
Steven Elm

Men – 1500m
Denny Morrison
Lucas Makowsky
Steven Elm
François-Olivier Roberge
Mathieu Giroux

Men – 5000m
Lucas Makowsky
Denny Morrison
Steven Elm
Jay Morrison
Mathieu Giroux

Men – 10000m
Lucas Makowsky
Jordan Belchos
Mathieu Giroux
Jay Morrison
Steven Elm

Team Pursuit
Jay Morrison (pre-qualified)
Lucas Makowsky (pre-qualified)
Steven Elm (pre-qualified)
Denny Morrison
Mathieu Giroux
Peter Martel


Qualified for the World Sprint Championships are Christine Nesbitt, Brittany Schussler and Shannon Rempel for the ladies and Denny Morrison, Jamie Gregg and Kyle Parrot for the men. Final selection will also be confirmed by Speed Skating Canada this weekend.