More than 80 long track speed skaters in Fort St. John, B.C., for the first Canada Cup of the season

The Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John, British Columbia (9324, 96 Street) will host for the first time a national event for Speed Skating Canada as more than 80 long track speed skaters will take part this weekend, November 28-30, in the first Canada Cup of the season.
 
Hosted by the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club and B.C. Speed Skating, under the supervision of Speed Skating Canada, this competition will be the first in a series of four Canada Cup events year. The others will be held January 2-5 in Calgary, January 23-25 in Quebec City, and March 19-22 in Calgary.
 
The Canada Cup is a competition for senior and junior A, B, C2 athletes. National team member Alexandre St-Jean, National Development team members Alex Boisvert-Lacroix and Philippe Riopel, as well as Training Squad members Daniel Dubreuil, François Déry and Isabelle Weidemann will be in action.
 
Skaters will take part in single distance events of 500m, 1000m, 1500m (women and men), 3000m (women) and 5000m and 10,000m for men. Canada Cup competitions are selection events and the top 32 skaters in each distance gain points towards season-ending rankings.
 
The event will also be the trials for British Columbia’s long track speed skating team for the 2015 Canada Games held in Prince George, February 13-March 1. Long track competitions will be held February 14-19 while short track will be held February 15-20.
 
Canada Cup #1 schedule:
Friday, November 28
500m (1): men and women
1500m: men and women

Saturday, November 29
1000m (1): men and women
3000m: women
5000m: men

Sunday, November 30
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 13,000 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

Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC