Simpson sweeps long track medals at Canada Games


Kerry Simpson of Saskatchewan swept the women's long-track speed-skating competition, winning her third and fourth gold medals of the Games in the 1,000 metres and 3,000 metres, respectively.

Earlier, the Melville native grabbed gold in the 500 and 1,500.

All four of Simpson's victories came in record time.

“I’m so excited I reached my goal of winning four gold medals,” stated an elated Simpson.

Simpson follows in a long line of successful Saskatchewan skaters, among them Catriona Le May Doan, Mark Knoll and Jason Parker.

“Jason and I were in the same club and he was actually my coach a little. His mother, Peggy Parker and Cheryl Bartake were my coaches in Melville, so they all really helped me a lot through my skating years.”

“Eight years ago in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Jason Parker won five gold medals and set 5 Games records and was such an inspiration for me.”

“I’m glad I could follow in his footsteps.”

Teammate Chelsea Parker continued to impress, taking home the silver in the 1,000 and the bronze in the 3,000.

Alexandra Wrubleski of Saskatchewan snagged the silver after settling for the bronze behind Parker in Tuesday's 1,500.

Quebec skaters excelled on the men's side as Francois-Olivier Roberge captured gold and silver while Laurent Lemieux took the bronze in both the 1,500 and 5,000, just as he did in the 3,000.

Roberge, from St-Nicolas, Que., outsped Adam McCabe of Ontario in capturing the 1,500.

He then finished second to Saskatchewan's Tyler Johnston in the 5,000, as was the case in Tuesday's 3,000.