Junior teams named for World Cups & world championships

Junior teams named for World Cups and world championships
Kate Hanly returns for fifth championships

CALGARY
– National development team member Kate Hanly of Calgary leads Canada's entry into the World Junior Championships in Collalbo, Italy, from Feb. 22-24. Speed Skating Canada announced today the skaters named to the junior teams for the world juniors, Junior World Cup in Roseville, Minn., on Jan. 19 and 20, and Junior World Cup Final in Italy on Feb. 16-17.

Hanly, returning to represent Canada for a fifth world junior championships (2009-2013), is joined by Josie Spence, of Kamloops, B.C., Noémie Fiset, of Quebec City, and Maddison Pearman, of Ponoka, Alta. This will be Spence's second world juniors and first for Fiset and Pearman.

The men's squad is highlighted by returnees Stefan Dilger, of Calgary, and Daniel Dubreuil, of Lévis, Que. Vincent de Haître, of Cumberland, Ont., Ben Donnelly, of Oshawa, Ont., and Cooper Hunter, of De Winton, Alta., will take part in their first world junior championships.

* NOTE (Feb. 12): Because of illness, Dilger has withdrawn from the World Cup Final and World Junior Championships.

Fiset, Pearman, Dubreuil and Donnelly will look to gain valuable international experience at the Junior World Cup in Roseville, Minn., this month, and all nine skaters will be at the Junior World Cup Final.

The team was selected from the results of last weekend's Canadian single distances championships and Canada Cup #2 competition in Calgary.

The team staff will include Arno Hoogveld as team leader and coach, Sabrina Lapointe as coach and Sébastien Richard as physiotherapist.

Please see below information on the athlete's recent results and 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012):

Noémie Fiset of Quebec City, 17 years old
- These are her first world junior championships.
- At 2013 Canadian single distances championships in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), she was 12th overall in the 500 m, 16th in the 1000 and 17th in the 1500.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), she placed third all-round, winning the bronze medal in the 500 m. She was also fourth in the sprint cumulative (two 500- and two 1000 m races).

Kate Hanly of Calgary, 19 years old
- She is in her first season on the national development team.
- These will be her fifth world junior championships, having competed at last four (2009 to 2012). She was 18th overall in 2011 and 11th in 2012. She won the silver medal in one 500 m race and bronze in the 1000 m in 2012.
- At 2013 Canadian single distances championships in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), she was sixth overall in the 500 m, seventh in the 1000 m, fifth in the 1500 m and 10th in the 3000 m.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), she was the all-round champion (cumulative of four races - 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and 3000 m), winning all four races. She was also the sprint champion (cumulative of two 500- and two 1000 m races).

Maddison Pearman of Ponoka, Alta., 16 years old
- These are her first world junior championships.
- At Canada Cup #2 in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), she won both 500 m races, won the 1500 m, and was second in the 3000 m and sixth in the 1000 m. She set personal best times in both 500 m races, the 1500- and 3000 m distances.
- She competed at the Canadian junior short track championships in December 2012, placing 21st overall.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior (long track) championships (February 2012), she placed 12th all-round. She was 11th the sprint cumulative (two 500- and two 1000 m races).

Josie Spence of Kamloops, B.C., 18 years old
- These will be her second world junior championships, having competed at last year. She was 15th overall with a best finish of 10th in the 3000 m.
- At 2013 Canadian single distances championships in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), she was 11th overall in the 500 m, 10th in the 1000 m, eighth in the 1500 m and sixth in the 3000 m. She set personal best times in the first 500 m, 1500 m and 3000 m.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), she placed third all-round, winning the silver medal in the 1500 and 3000 m.

Cooper Hunter of De Winton, Alta., 18 years old
- These are his first world junior championships.
- At Canada Cup #2 in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), he ranked fourth overall in the 500 m, fourth in the 1000 m and 22nd in the 1500 m. He posted personal best times in both 500 m races, the 1000 m and 1500 m.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), he was fifth in the sprint (two 500- and two 1000 m races).

Vincent de Haître of Cumberland, Ont., 18 years old
- These are his first world junior championships.
- At 2013 Canadian single distances championships in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), he was 13th overall in the samalog 500 m, 11th in the 1000 m and 12th in the 1500 m. He set personal best times in the first 500 m, 1000 m and 1500 m.
- At Canada Cup #2 in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), he was second in the junior men's 3000 m with a personal best time, and sixth in the 5000 m.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), he won gold in the 1500 m, was fifth in the first 500 m and tied for third in the second race, was second in the 1000 m and eighth in the 3000 m.

Stefan Dilger of Calgary, 17 years old
- These will be his second world junior championships, having competed at last year. He placed 20th in the 1000 m.
- At Canada Cup #2 in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), he was first overall in the 500 m, second in the 1000 m and sixth in the 1500 m. He set a personal best time in the first 500 m.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), he was the sprint champion (two 500- and two 1000 m races). He won both 1000 m races and was third twice in the 500 m.

Ben Donnelly of Oshawa, Ont., 16 years old
- These are his first world junior championships.
- At Canada Cup #2 in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), he was 27th overall in the 500 m, he won the junior men's 3000 m and senior 5000 m, and was fourth in the 1500 m. He set personal best times in the first 500 m and 5000 m.

Daniel Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., 18 years old
- These will be his second world junior championships, having competed at last year. He was 19th overall, placing 18th in the 500 m, 19th in the 1500 m, 20th in the 3000 m and 21st in the 5000 m.
- At Canada Cup #2 in Calgary (Jan. 3-6), he was 12th overall in the 500 m, second in the 1500 m and 5000 m, and third in the 3000 m. He set career personal best times in both 500 m races, the 3000 m and 5000 m.
- At the 2012 Canadian junior championships (February 2012), he placed third all-round, winning the silver medal in the 1500 m and bronze in the 5000 m.