Local Speed Skaters to compete at the Global Club Competition in Torino

Local Speed Skaters to compete at the Global Club Competition in Torino

In just a few weeks, six short track speed skaters will be representing the Northern Region at the 2006 Torino Global Club Competition (GCC). A delegation of 16 representing Prince George and the Northern Region will be attending, with high hopes for their athletes and high expectations as the group works closely with the Torino organizing committee and the International Skating Union in determining the feasibility of hosting the event in Prince George in 2008.

The Global Club Competition is a bi-annual Short Track Speed Skating club competition sponsored by the International Skating Union (ISU). Clubs representing eighteen countries from four continents will be participating in this exciting event November 17-19, 2006. Touted as the world’s biggest club event, teams compete to be the best club in the world.

“Competing in the Global Club Competition is a fantastic opportunity for these skaters to experience an international competition”, says Anne Pousette Director for the PG Blizzard Speed Skating Club and Regional Training Centre, “We are also thrilled to be ambassadors for Prince George and Canada, in encouraging the other skaters to consider coming to Prince George in 2008.”

Through strategic partnerships with the Events prince George, Northern Regional Training Centre for Speed Skating (PacificSport) , the Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club, the Ft. St. James Speed Skating Club, and the Calgary Olympic Oval, a team has been assembled to attend the GCC in Torino, Italy to work with the Global Club Competition organizing committee and the ISU in exploring the feasibility of hosting the 2008 Global Club Competition in Prince George.

“PacificSport Northern BC is very excited to be involved with Speed Skating in Northern BC” says PacificSport Northern BC Board Member, Steve Raper , “the event in Torino is an excellent chance for our region’s top athletes to experience international competition.”

Competing Athletes are:
• Sarah Pousette – Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club
• Tim Hempsall – Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club
• Russell Smedley – Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club
• Alexis Gaudet - Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club
• James Ingle - Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club
• Jessica Leech – Fort St. James Falcons Speed Skating Club

Prince George Mayor Colin Kinsley says he is extremely pleased that Prince George is being represented in the Global Club Competition. “Speed Skating is one of the sports we have identified for pre-Olympic training opportunities. This event will give our athletes additional experience and increased exposure in speed skating internationally,” says Mayor Kinsley.

Events Prince George assisted in the preparation and facilitation of the trip. Manager of Sports with Events Prince George Virginia Sprangers says “with the regional partnerships and international connections, we see nothing but success for in the development of speed skating here.”

The Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club has a long history of hosting successful speed skating events. The club has hosted the BC Cup #1 (formerly known as the Central Interior Challenge) annually for the past 25 years and in 2001 hosted the Canadian Age Class Short Track Championship.