Fredericton welcomes more than 110 young skaters from Eastern Canada for the final national short track competition of the season

The Grant Harvey Centre (600, Knowledge Park Drive) in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will welcome 113 athletes for Speed Skating Canada’s National East Short Track Championships, March 21-22.

The best skaters from Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and host province, New Brunswick in the “Training to Train” stage of development in the 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old categories will take part in this competition, the final one of the the season on the national level. It will be hosted by the Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club and Speed Skate New Brunswick, under the leadership of Speed Skating Canada.

The best skaters in Western Canada will take part at the same time in Speed Skating Canada’s National Western Short Track Championships in Selkirk, Manitoba.

These championships are intented to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the "Training to Train" stage of development, while providing meaningful, high profile and developmentally appropriate end of season events which are a source of motivation and opportunity for recognition of the best developing skaters in Canada. It’s also a primary introduction to national competitions where the rising stars represent their province. They will take part in the 200m pursuit event, as well as the 400m, 1500m, 2000m and 3000m (points races) and 3000m relay events.

Competition will be webcasted all weekend at http://live.streamit.ca/?player=2231. Fans at home can also follow on Twitter and Facebook (#CEST2015) and through the Flickr photo feed (https://www.flickr.com/photos/129199076@N07/).

Admission is free.

Here is the approximate competition schedule (local time):
Saturday, March 21
8:05 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 22
8:05 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The host organizing committee would like to thank its partners: Irving Oil and TransCanada.

More info, including the full schedule and results, is available at 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 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 sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Duncan McSporran
Communcations Director
Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club
Phone: (506) 470 8522
Email: fassci.comms@gmail.com

Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC

Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC