Short Track Speed Skaters aiming to compete at World Cups in Montreal & Toronto to go through Fall World Cups Selections

The Fall World Cups Selections will be held September 18-20 in Montreal
 
Montreal, September 16, 2015 – The best 32 short track speed skaters in Canada will battle this weekend for the privilege to represent the country at the first four World Cups of the season, including the first two to be held on home soil in Montreal and in Toronto, at the Fall World Cups Selections, September 18-20, at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal.

Among the 16 men and 16 women who will be competing at the Fall World Cups Selections are Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais, François Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille, as well as the other Canadian representatives at the last World Championships, i.e. Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette, Samuel Girard, Patrick Duffy and Genève Bélanger. All participants will race twice in each of the scheduled distances, namely the 500m, 1000m and 1500m events.

Competition will start Friday with the first 500m and 1500m events, followed on Saturday by 1000m and 1500m races and, Sunday, by another 500m and 1000m. Races will start at approximately 1:45 pm to conclude at 5 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, competitions will begin at 10:45 am approximately and end around 3:30 pm. Admission is free on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday.

Qualification format for upcoming World Cups
Athletes will vye for a spot on the Team that will represent the country in the first four World Cups of the 2015-2016 season, including the first two to be held in front of local crowds in Montreal (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) and Toronto (Nov. 6-8). World Cups #3 and #4 will be held respectively in Nagoya, Japan, December 4-6, and in Shanghai, China, December 11-13. Canada will send a total of six men and six women to each of these World Cups.

The three highest ranked skaters, based on the total points earned in their best two distances, automatically qualify for the World Cups. The three other positions per gender will be discretionary choices.

The team for the World Cups held in Montreal and Toronto will be announced in the weeks following the Fall World Cups Selections.

The full schedule, and the list of competing athletes as well as results will be 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 and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
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