Intact Insurance awards $42,000 to 42 Canadian speed skating clubs as part of the Podium Tracker program

VIDEO: 2014-2015 individual medal and clubs winners

Intact Insurance Company, Speed Skating Canada’s major sponsor, announced today that 42 Canadian speed skating clubs were each awarded a $1,000 bursary as part of the 2014-2015 Podium Tracker program, for a total donation of $42,000.

Since the start of the Podium Tracker program five years ago, Intact Insurance has donated a total of $215,000 to Canadian speed skating clubs. The program tracks individual medals won by Canadian short and long track skaters in World Cups and World Championships. Each time an athlete steps onto the podium, Intact Insurance gave $1,000 to a local speed skating club in the country.

This season, Canadian short and long track speed skaters won a total of 42 medals in World Cups and World Championships. Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais led the way with eight medals each, followed by Ivanie Blondin (seven), Laurent Dubreuil (six), Denny Morrison (four), Kasandra Bradette and Kim Boutin (two each). François Hamelin, Patrick Duffy, Valérie Maltais, Vincent de Haître and William Preudhomme won one medal each.

“I’m very proud of my eight individual medals won during World Cups and World Championships last season”, said Charles Hamelin, the 1000m silver and 1500m bronze medalist at the last World Championships in Moscow. “But I’m also proud of the fact that I played a role in helping out local clubs across the country. These clubs are at the source of the athletes' development and passion.”

“We’re very pleased to see such strong results from the Canadian team this season”, said Intact Insurance’s Vice President of Brand Development and Customer Experience, Anna Rajpat. “It means we have been able to donate more money to skating clubs across Canada to help meet their training and racing needs and help build future Olympians.”

“On behalf of the community and speed skating recipient clubs this season, I would like to thank Intact Insurance for this financial support, which will help clubs in their daily operations”, added Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss. “The Podium Tracker program is unique in the country and is a great illustration of the passion and involvement that Intact Insurance shows for our overall Canadian speed skating program.”

Here is the list of the recipient clubs which were each awarded a $1,000 grant from Intact Insurance for the 2014-2015 season:

ALBERTA
-East Central Striders Speed Skating Club (Edgerton, AB)
-Edmonton Speed Skating Club (AB)
-Peace River Northern Lites Speed Skating Club (AB)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
-Fort St. John Elks (B.C.)
-Kamloops River City Racers (B.C.)
-Nechako Lake Clippers (Vanderhoof, B.C.)
-Vancouver Velocity Speed Skating Club (B.C.)
-Vernon Speed Skating Club (B.C.)

MANITOBA
-Interlake Speed Skating Club (East Selkirk, MB)
-Sargent Park Racers (Winnipeg, MB)
-St. James Speed Skating Club (Winnipeg, MB)

NEWFOUNDLAND-AND-LABRADOR
-Humber Valley Speed Skating Club (Corner Brook, NL) 

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
-Yellowknife Speed Skating Club (NT)

NOVA SCOTIA
-Halifax Regional Speed Skating (N.S.)
-Speedy Kids Oval Program Society (Halifax, N.S.)
-Valley Speed Skating Club (Kingston, N.S.) 

NUNAVUT
-Cambridge Bay (NU)

ONTARIO
-Durham Speed Skating Club (Oshawa, ON)
-Kingston Striders Speed Skating Club (ON)
-Lakefield Speed Skating Club (ON)
-Pacers Speed Skating Club (Ottawa, ON)
-Sault Ste. Marie Speed Skating Club (ON)
-St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club (Brockville, ON)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
-Eastern Kings Speed Skating Club (Souris, P.E.I.)

QUEBEC
-Club de patinage de vitesse d’Amqui (QC)
-Les Comètes de Chicoutimi (QC)
-Farnham (club de patinage de vitesse de) (QC)
-Dollard-des-Ormeaux (club de patinage de vitesse de) (QC)
-Gatineau (club de patinage de vitesse de) (QC)
-Les Élans de Jonquière (QC)
-Les F-18 de La Baie (QC)
-Les Fines lames de Sainte-Julie (QC)
-Les Lames filantes (Roberval, QC)
-Club des maîtres-patineurs de Montréal (QC)
-Les Rapidos de Matane (QC)
-Montréal-Ahuntsic (club de patinage de vitesse) (QC)
-Région Lanaudière (club de patinage de vitesse de la) (QC)
-Les Loupiots de Rivière-du-Loup (QC)
-Sainte-Foy (club de patinage de vitesse de) (QC)

SASKATCHEWAN
-Melville Speed Skating Club (SK)
-Moose Jaw Kiwanis Speed Skating Club (SK)
-Prince Albert Speed Skating Club (SK)

More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca or on the Podium Tracker Program at www.podiumtracker.ca/en/index.html.

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 sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

About Intact Insurance
Intact Insurance is Canada's largest home, auto and business insurance company, the choice of more than four million consumers. Its coast-to-coast presence and its strong relationship with insurance brokers mean the company can provide the outstanding service, comfort and continuity customers deserve. Intact Insurance (www.intact.ca) is a member company of Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC), the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada (www.intactfc.com).

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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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Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC

Media Inquiries:
Stephanie Sorensen
Director, External Communications
Intact Insurance
(416) 344-8027
stephanie.sorensen@intact.net