Michel Verrault Receives the Fox 40 Award of Excellence

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec (FPVQ) are proud to announce that long time Canadian speed skating official Michel Verrault was awarded the Fox 40 Award of Excellence. He will receive his award tonight at the Sport Officials of Canada banquet in Winnipeg.

The Fox 40 Award of excellence is awarded every year to a male and a female technical official / judge who have made a significant contribution to officiating at the national and international level.

Michel Verrault has been officiating for over 30 years in the sport of speed skating. He has achieved his Level 5 certification with the International Skating Union, the highest level an official can reach in speed skating. In his carreer, he has officiated at many Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup events.

“Michel is an outstanding official and we are delighted to see his long-time commitment to the sport of speed skating being recognized by Sport Officials of Canada,” declared Jean R. Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada. “Not only does he officiate at numerous high profile international competitions, but he also takes time to officiate at national and provincial level competitions, as well as for instructing at many officials clinics in Canada and around the world. His dedication should be commended.”

After officiating in his second set of Olympic Games in Turin, where he was Chief Official, Verrault was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec. He is also a member of the SSC Hall of Fame since 1991.

“Michel Verrault certainly is one of the greatest officials in the history of our sport in Quebec,” explained Robert Dubreuil, Director General of the FPVQ. “After his thirty years of high quality volunteering, we are more than happy to see him be awarded this prestigious Fox 40 Award. There is no doubt this acknowledgement of his work will motivate him to continue his work with his passion and dedication.”

Michel Verrault’s reputation and expertise are unique and his name is well known in the world of speed skating. SSC and the FPVQ are happy to see his tremendous efforts being recognized by Sport Officials of Canada.