International Skating Union appoints Canadian officials to events

OTTAWA – The International Skating Union (ISU) informed Speed Skating Canada (SSC) of the appointment of 10 Canadians as officials to seven ISU long track and six short track events during the 2011-12 season.

Short track events

Jacques Grégoire of Pointe-au-Tremble, Que., will serve as an official at three short track events, including a World Cup, the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games and a world championships.

Ted Houghton of Abbotsford, B.C., joins Grégoire for his lone assignment at the first short track World Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Oct. 21-23.

Guy Marcoux of Ste. Foy, Que., and Sandra Chenard of Ottawa, will be in Saguenay, Que., from Oct. 28-30 for the short track’s second World Cup competition.

Michel Verrault of Lac Beauport, Que., will see duty at the European Short Track Championships in January and World Junior Short Track Championships in February.

Long track events

Yvon Bélanger of Saskatoon, Richard Hunt of Kingston, Ont., and Hans Terstappen and John D. Thomson, both from Calgary, have all been assigned to three long track competitions, including the World Cup on Jan. 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Regina’s Michael Makowsky joins Hunt at the World Sprint Championships, Jan. 28-29, in Calgary.

The assignment of 10 Canadian officials to these 13 ISU events is notably significant considering that officials have few opportunities compared to athletes. There are four ISU world long track championships (single distance, junior sprints and all-round) and even fewer short track events.

For long track, there are 16 referee opportunities and 16 starter opportunities each season. For each event there are four referees and four starters whereas last year there were 72 skaters at the sprints, 48 skaters at all-round, 100 skaters at juniors and 24 per event, or about 80 skaters, at single distances.

There are almost as many medals per distance (3) as there are starters (2) and referees (2) for a race.

Korean Air ISU World Cup Short Track, Oct. 21-23, 2011, Salt Lake City, Utah
First assistant referee: Jacques Grégoire
Starter ladies: Ted Houghton

Korean Air ISU World Cup Short Track, Oct. 28-30, 2011, Saguenay, Que.
Starter ladies: Guy Marcoux
Competitors steward: Sandra Chenard

1st Winter Youth Olympic Games, Jan. 12-22, 2012, Innsbruck, Austria (short track SS)
Referee: Jacques Grégoire

North American and Oceania regional qualifying event for the Essent ISU World All-Round Speed Skating Championships 2012, Jan. 14-15, 2012, Calgary
Assistant referee men: John D. Thomson
Referee ladies: John D. Thomson
Starter men: Yvon Bélanger

Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating, Jan. 21-22, 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah
Assistant referee men: Richard Hunt
Referee ladies: John D. Thomson
Starter men: Hans Terstappen
Starter ladies: Yvon Bélanger

ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, Jan. 27-29, 2012, Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
Referee: Michel Verrault

Essent ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, Jan. 28-29, 2012, Calgary
Assistant referee men: Richard Hunt
Starter ladies: Michael Makowsky

ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating, Feb. 11-12, 2012, Calgary
Referee: Richard Hunt
Starter men: Hans Terstappen

Essent ISU World All-Round Speed Skating Championships, Feb. 18-19, 2012, Moscow
Starter ladies: Hans Terstappen

ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, Feb. 24-26, 2012, Melbourne, Australia
Assistant referee: Michel Verrault

ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships, March 2-4, 2012, Obihiro, Japan
Assistant referee ladies: John D. Thomson

ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, March 9-11, 2012, Shanghai, China
First assistant referee: Jacques Grégoire

Essent ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, March 22-25, 2012, Heerenveen, Netherlands
Starter ladies: Yvon Bélanger