Departure of the Short Track Speed Skating Coach Jonathon Cavar

Calgary, June 4, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada announced today that its National Short Track Speed Skating Team coach based in Calgary, Jonathon Cavar, is leaving. His last day with Speed Skating Canada will be June 27, 2014.

Jonathon Cavar accepted the Head Coach position for the United States Short Track Speed Skating National Team.

“Even if I think this is always hard to let our high level short track coaches going in another country, I’m also aware that this is a great opportunity at this point for his career”, said Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track Program Director, Yves Hamelin. “Jonathon have been a precious collaborator in the past two Olympic cycles in our team and an important pivot as the Head Coach of our centre in Calgary. Jonathon gained the necessary qualities to undertake such functions and we are wishing him the best of luck with his new team.”

“Working with the team at Speed Skating Canada has been an amazing experience”, added Cavar. “It was a privilege to be involved with this hard working group of individuals. I have learned so much during these seven years. I would like to thank Yves Hamelin and the entire staff for supporting me and for making me an integral part of the team. Thank you to my skaters who have made this part of my journey full of experiences that I will never forget. Thank you to Maggie Qi and the team at the Olympic Oval in Calgary for being there every step of the way. I wish everyone the best for the next Olympic cycle.”

“I am enthusiastic about this new opportunity with US Speedskating and look forward to the challenge of training athletes to deliver first rate international performances.”

Jonathon Cavar, 37, was part of the Canadian National Team coaching staff for seven years. Based in Calgary, he coached the Olympic Team member Jessica Gregg. He was also part of the coaching staff of the 2010 and 2014 Canadian Olympic Short Track Team and contributed to the two women’s relay silver medal at those games. He was amongst the recipients of Speed Skating Canada’s 2010 Male Coach of the Year award, along with other Vancouver 2010 Olympics team coaches. Except Jessica Gregg, he also work with National Team member Gabrielle Waddell last season as with the National Development Team members Keri Morrison and Courtney Shmyr who were both training at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

A member of Speed Skating Canada’s National and Development team for five years, he won the Canadian Short Track title in 1998. He was also the first Canadian to win a medal (silver in the 500m) at the inaugural 1994 World Junior Short Track Championships.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
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Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
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