Quebec City host of Speed Skating Canada’s Canada Cup #3 & Long Track Canadian Junior Championships

More than 115 long track speed skaters from across the country will be in action this weekend at the Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City (929, avenue De Rochebelle) for Speed Skating Canada’s Canada Cup #3 and the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships.

The 81 junior skaters will aim for spots at the World Junior Championships to be held Feb. 20-22 in Warsaw, Poland.

On the senior side, Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, QC, will be among the athletes in action. It will be the first time he's competed in Quebec City since December 2013. Dubreuil has won four 500m World Cup medals so far this season and is currently ranked second at that distance in the world. He will take part in the 500m event Friday, January 23, and in the 1000m event Saturday, January 24. The full schedule is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca.

Other members of the Canadian national team will be in action this weekend, including member of the senior national team Alexandre St-Jean (Quebec City, QC); members of the development team Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, QC), Lauren McGuire (Ottawa, ON), Muncef Ouardi (Quebec City, QC), Philippe Riopel (Lachenaie, QC) and Victoria Spence (Kamloops, B.C.), and members of the training squad François Déry (Lévis, QC) and Daniel Dubreuil (Lévis, QC).

This competition will be part of Laurent Dubreuil, Alexandre St-Jean and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix's preparation for the ISU World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Feb. 7-8.

“Canada Cup #3 is a great opportunity for me to finalize my preparation for the rest of the season and to evaluate where I am now”, analyzed Dubreuil. “Also, this is a competition at home! I can’t wait to compete in front of my friends and family.”

Skaters who will take part in the Canada Cup #3 will look to improve their Canadian ranking.
 
First races of the 500m and 1000m events in Quebec City will be held Friday, January 23, starting at 9:30 a.m. On the schedule for Saturday, starting at 9 am, is the 1500m, women's 3000m and men's 5000m. On Sunday, starting at 9:30 am, the second races of the 500m and 1000m events as well as the mass start events will close the competition. Admission is free.
 
Objective for the juniors: a participation to the World Championships in Poland
Following the Canadian Junior Championships, Speed Skating Canada will select up to five men and four women to compete at the World Junior Championships in Warsaw, as long as athletes meet ISU time standards.

By qualifying for the World Cup in Hamar, Norway, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, who was also a member of the Junior National Team last year, automatically prequalified for the 2015 World Junior Championships.
 
Other Junior National Team members from last year Alexandre Déry, Benjamin Donnelly, Geanne Blais-Dufour, Juliette Wheler and Noémie Fiset will try to punch their ticket to the World juniors again this year. Daniel Dubreuil and Jordan Henkelman, now both senior skaters, were also members of the Junior National Team last year.

These athletes, who must be between 14 and 19 on July 1st, 2015, will take part in the following events in Poland: 500m, 1000m, 1500m, women’s 3000m, men’s 5000m, team pursuit, team sprint and mass start.
 
The first two athletes per gender in the overall ranking of the four events at the Canadian Junior Championships will get the first two spots. Then, the first two athletes per gender in the overall ranking of the sprint events (500m and 1000m) will get the two next spots. The fifth athletes per gender will be discretionary choices of Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track High Performance Committee. Athletes for the team pursuit, team sprint and mass start events will be selected by the coaching staff.

More info, including the full schedule and results, 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 
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Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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