Sean Ireland Becomes Speed Skating Canada Long Track Program Director

Speed Skating Canada welcomes Sean Ireland to the position of Long Track Program Director. Ireland fills the position that had been left vacant since the departure of Finn Halvorsen in the spring of 2009.

Sean Ireland has been involved with speed skating in Canada for the vast majority of his life. After early beginnings on the ice in Winnipeg, he progressed to the highest level as a National Team athlete, achieving success on the international stage at World Junior Championships, World Cups and competing in both the Albertville and Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games. After his retirement as an athlete, he continued his involvement with the long track program as a National Team coach over the course of eight years, leading his athletes and the program to incredible successes at World Cups, World Championships and the Olympic Games. During this time, he was also a member of the High Performance Committee.

In his most recent post, Ireland transitioned from the Associate Director of Sport to the Director of Sport with the Olympic Oval in Calgary. His leadership has been critical in ensuring the continued prominence of the Oval programs under difficult circumstances. Sean Ireland also maintained some direct involvement with Speed Skating Canada during this time, providing insight as part of the LTPAD competition review team and the resulting Racing on Skates recommendations.

“I would like to thank Speed Skating Canada for giving me this opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading sport organizations,” he said. “I look forward to working together with our coaches, athletes, support staff and sport partners towards building future Canadian speed skating successes.”

Ireland’s true passion and dedication to speed skating along with his knowledge and expertise will serve him well as Speed Skating Canada looks to attain even higher levels of professionalism and success in the long track program.

Sean Ireland’s duties will include overseeing the entire long track speed skating program in the lead up to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. He will be working out of SSC’s National Training Centre based at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. His official duties with SSC will start early July.