Edmonton to host Speed Skating Canada’s National Age Class Long Track Championships

Edmonton, January 31, 2017 – A total of 179 young long track speed skaters from across the country will be in action Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, at the Victoria Park Oval in Edmonton (12130 River Valley Road) for the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships.

The Olympic Style 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, and mass start 300m and 3000m, relay and team pursuit events are presented in the Girls 11, 12, 13, 14 and Open categories, as well as Boys 12, 13, 14, 15 and Open categories. Races will be start at 8:40 am Saturday and Sunday.

The Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships is intended to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the “Training to Train” (T2T) stage of development and is also intended for skaters at the “Learning to Compete” stage of development who have not met Canada Cup time standards. This competition provides a meaningful, high profile and developmentally appropriate event which is a source of motivation and opportunity for recognition of the best developing long track skaters in Canada, and will serve as a primary introduction to national competitions where skaters represent their Branch in competition.

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank the Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association as well as the host club, the Edmonton Speed Skating Association, the organizing committee and all volunteers involved, including many former Olympians and National Team members such as Doreen Ryan, Tamara Oudenaarden, Jessica Gregg, Gord Goplen, Sarah Gregg, Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg and former Speed Skating Canada's President, Henrietta Goplen.
 
More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca.

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 14,000 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
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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