More than 60 long track speed skaters in Quebec City for the first Canada Cup of the season

Quebec City, December 9, 2015 – The Gaétan Boucher Oval in Quebec City will host more than 60 long track speed skaters this weekend, December 11-13, for the first Canada Cup of the season.
 
Hosted by the Gaétant Boucher Oval Competition and Event Organizing Committee and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, under the supervision of Speed Skating Canada, this competition will be the first in a series of four Canada Cup events this season. The others will be held January 3-6 in Calgary simultaneously with the Canadian Long Track Single Distance Championships, February 5-7 in Winnipeg during the Canadian Long Track Junior Championships, and March 17-20 in Calgary at the same time as the Olympic Oval Finale.
 
The Canada Cup is a competition for senior and junior A, B, C2 athletes, this last category being for the skaters born between July 1st, 2000, and June 30, 2001.

Noémie Fiset of Quebec City, who won her first medal at her very first World Cup in Calgary in November, is among the 65 athletes who will take part in the competitions, as well as Development/NextGEN National Team members Alexandre Déry and Daniel Dubreuil of Lévis, QC, as well as Christopher Fiola of Montréal (Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough).

Representatives from the United States, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and many clubs across the province of Quebec as well as members of the Club de patinage de vitesse des maîtres de Québec will also be in action.

Skaters will take part in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and mass start events (women and men), 3000m (women) and 5000m for men.

Canada Cup competitions are a series of events where athletes can gain points for each distance towards season-ending rankings to proceed with national high performance program athletes’ selection and identification.
 
Schedule:
Friday, December 11 (starting at 9 am)
500m (1): men and women
1500m: men and women

Saturday, December 12 (starting at 9 am)
1000m (1): men and women
3000m: women
5000m: men

Sunday, December 13 (starting at 9 am)
500m (2): men and women
1000m (2): men and women
Mass Start: men and women

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

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.

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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 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC

François-Olivier Roberge
Assistant Director, Communications and Promotion
Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec
Email: foroberge@fpvq.org
Cell. phone: 418-576-5800
Phone: 418-651-1973, ext. 30 – Toll-free: 1-877-651-1973
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FPVQ
Website: www.fpvq.org
Twitter: www.twitter.com/PatinVitesseQc
Instagram: www.instagram.com/PatinVitesseQc