Saskatoon welcomes 117 young skaters from Western Canada for the 2017 Canada West Short Track Championships

Saskatoon, March 16, 2017 – The SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK, will welcome 117 young skaters, March 18-19, for the 2017 Canada West Short Track Championships.

The best skaters from Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Yukon and from the host province, Saskatchewan, in the “Training to Train” stage of development in the 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old categories, will take part in the competition, the final one of the season at the national level. It will be hosted by the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club, under the leadership of Speed Skating Canada.

The best skaters in Eastern Canada will take part in the 2017 Canada East Short Track Championships in Ottawa, ON, March 25-26.

These championships are intended to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the "Training to Train" stage of development, while providing meaningful, high profile and developmentally appropriate end of season events which are a source of motivation and opportunity for recognition of the best developing skaters in Canada. It’s also a primary introduction to national competitions where the rising stars represent their province. They will take part in the 200m pursuit event, as well as the 400m, 1500m, 2000m and 3000m points races and 3000m relay events.

Here is the approximate competition schedule (local time):
Saturday, March 18
9:10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
9:10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website at 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 sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval 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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