Catriona Le May Doan Launches Second Annual Search to Find Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story

– ING Speed Skating Challenge Expands to Include Canada’s Top 16 Videos –

Vancouver, British Columbia – Catriona Le May Doan was joined by members of the Canadian National Short Track Team at the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver to launch the ING Speed Skating Challenge, the second annual search for Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story.

“Last season’s video stories reminded us that speed skating is more than just a sport. It’s a part of what makes us Canadian, it’s a part of our community fabric
and it’s a part of our hearts. This year we’re expecting even more great storytelling from young speed skaters across Canada,” commented Catriona. Speed Skating Canada’s Director General, Jean Dupré, was encouraged by the quality of the video stories and the camaraderie developing between skaters across the country.

“The ING Speed Skating Challenge brought us all together through the sport and encouraged so many young athletes in community clubs to share their love for
speed skating with each other,” said Jean. After the success of the inaugural ING Speed Skating Challenge last season – with over 104,000 unique visits and 42,500 votes – organizers have expanded the field for national voting to include Canada’s top 16 video stories in anticipation of increased popularity.

The prizing will once again total over $25,000 with the majority going to community clubs to encourage the growth of the sport in Canada. Last season’s winner, Alastair Starke of Lloydminster, Alberta, took home prizes and donations totaling over $7,500 for himself and his club, the Lloydminster Border Blades.

The ING Speed Skating Challenge officially launches today, and the deadline for video entries is January 18, 2009. The voting begins February 9, 2009. ING and Speed Skating Canada partners have provided over $25,000 in prizes for clubs and young skaters to add some additional motivation.

For more information, please visit www.INGSpeedSkatingChallenge.com.

ING SPEED SKATING CHALLENGE TIMELINE:
• Challenge opens: October 22, 2008
• Challenge closes: January 18, 2009 (Video Entry Deadline)
• Voting begins: February 9, 2009
• Canada’s best speed skating story is crowned: March 21, 2009
• Prizes: Over $25,000 in cash and prizes available to be won