Sabrina Bourgela, Lorelei St. Rose & Julie Walsh selected for the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2015 Canada Games in Speed Skating

Ottawa, April 29, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce that Sabrina Bourgela (Montréal, QC), Lorelei St. Rose (Prince George, B.C.) and Julie Walsh (Kitchener, ON) have been selected for the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2015 Canada Games.

The short track and long track speed skating events will be held during the first week of competition, February 14-20, in Prince George, B.C.

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program, started in 2005, aims to develop women in a coaching role in a multisport context and to prepare for a higher level of coaching and ensure an increase in their level of certification. The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a joint initiative of the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program, the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives, and the Canada Games Council.

At the Canada Games, selected coaches will be actively involved before and during the Games, including at the training and selection camp, and at a preparation competition leading up to the Canada Games. They will get multisport experience and the opportunity to observe and learn from their mentor and other coaches.

Bourgela, St. Rose and Walsh have been selected based on their coaching experience and their National Coaching Certification Program (N.C.C.P.) level. Candidates demonstrated their potential through the development and improvement of their athletes or as seen by the provincial/territorial association or their mentor. The successful candidates have not yet coached at the Olympic, Pan American, Commonwealth or Canada Games level in the sport.

Sabrina Bourgela
Sabrina Bourgela, from Montréal, QC, started her speed skating coaching career at age 13. She previously was a member of the Short Track National Development Team from 2010 to 2012, where she took part in the World Cup, Junior World Championships and University Games competitions. She had to take a break as a coach until an injury pushed her to pause her athlete career. She came back as a coach in 2012. Representing the Pointe-aux-Trembles club, Sabrina Bourgela is completing her N.C.C.P. level 3 course.

Lorelei St. Rose
Lorelei St. Rose, from Prince George, B.C., has coached with the Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club the past two years. She has a degree in Kinesiology and is N.C.C.P. Introduction to Competition certified. She is the Vice Chair of the Coaching Development Committee for the British Columbia Speed Skating Association and was an apprentice coach at the 2014 British Columbia Winter Games. She will also be competing at the Triathlon Worlds Age Group competition in August 2014.

Julie Walsh
Julie Walsh, from Kitchener, ON, started speed skating at age 2 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Sertoma Club when her family was already involved in the sport. Since then, she took part in many national and North American Championships. Having started the first two years of her university career in Kelowna, B.C., she has now completed her Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy in April 2014 and has been coaching at her original club for the past four years. She is completing her N.C.C.P. Introduction to Competition course.

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 sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, 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
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Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
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