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Speed Skating Canada received the 2003 IOC Trophy for "Sporting Excellence", awarded to an organization or individual that has excelled in promoting and achieving excellence in sport. The presentation took place at the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Hall of Fame induction dinner on Friday, April 16, 2004 at the historic Windsor Station in Montreal.
“This award recognizes 116 years of Speed Skating tradition in Canada” said Jean Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada.

“But most importantly it recognizes a decade of fundamental changes within the Speed Skating Canada organization that lead to the success we currently enjoy”.

“This achievement was made possible by the dedication of our volunteers, athletes, coaches, staff and partners.

A strong desire to excel and strive for ambitious goals has been the new challenge leading our organization to success. This has translated into an athlete focused and performance driven organization.

As a result, our athletes became even more engaged and determined in the pursuit of the organization's excellence objectives”.

Established in 1887 as the Amateur Skating Association of Canada, Speed Skating Canada was one of this country's first sport associations. Since then, Speed Skating Canada's strong commitment to excellence in the growth and development of sport has led to a long record of international success for Canadian speed skaters.

The organization's rich history and the success of its athletes has inspired many young Canadians to get involved in the sport of speed skating, creating a new generation of Olympic hopefuls in long- and short-track competitions.