Speed Skating Canada announces 2014 Annual Award Winners

Denny Morrison, Charles Hamelin, Valérie Maltais and Brittany Schussler named Athletes of the Year

Ottawa, June 23, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to name its 2014 annual award winners which were announced at its Awards Reception, in Ottawa, Ontario, during its Annual General Meeting.

The recipients were elected based on nominations put forth by Speed Skating Canada’s members and committees. 

Athletes of the Year - Long Track
Jeremy Wotherspoon Male Athlete of the Year Award
Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, B.C.)

Catriona Le May Doan Female Athlete of the Year Award
Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB)

Rising Star Athlete of the Year
Vincent De Haître (Cumberland, ON)

Athletes of the Year - Short Track
Marc Gagnon Male Athlete of the Year Award
Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC)

Female Athlete of the Year
Valérie Maltais (La Baie, QC)

Guy Daignault Rising Star athlete of the year Award
Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boileau, QC)

Coach of the Year Award
Derrick Campbell (Cambridge, ON)
(Presented to any SSC coach who has demonstrated meaningful, long term involvement with a club, regional, branch, or national association as a coach as evidenced by the achievements outlined in the nomination form.)

Honour Roll
Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC):
1500m Olympic Gold Medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games and 1500m World Champion at the 2014 World Short Track Championships

Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, B.C.):
1000m Olympic Silver Medalist and 1500m Olympic Bronze Medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games

Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC):
500m Olympic Bronze Medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games

Valerie Maltais (La Baie, QC):
3000m Women's Relay Silver Medalist and 1000m Olympic Record at the 2014 Olympic Games

Marie-Eve Drolet (Chicoutimi, QC):
3000m Women's Relay Silver Medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games

Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops, B.C.):
3000m Women's Relay Silver Medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games

Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC):
3000m Women's Relay Silver Medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games

(Presented to any speed skater or speed skating team who wins a gold, silver or bronze medal at a Winter Olympic Games, wins a senior or junior world championship title, wins an overall World Cup title, or holds an officially recognized Olympic, senior or junior world record will automatically be recorded on the honour roll of the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame. The same person or team can be recorded several times for different achievements.)

John Hurdis Outstanding Volunteer Award
Jim McClements (Saskatoon, SK)
(Presented to a Speed Skating Canada member(s), whose outstanding service as a volunteer within SSC has resulted in a significant contribution to the advancement of speed skating at the national and/or international level, in a capacity such as, but not limited to committee members, competition and event planning, sport builder any other similar involvement.)

Jean Grenier Award
Sandra Chenard (Ottawa, ON)
(Presented to an outstanding volunteer, either member or non-member of Speed Skating Canada, who has contributed to the betterment of the sport. He/she is an unsung hero who works/worked tirelessly on our behalf in capacities similar, but not limited to competition and event planning, meetings and clinic planning, and any other long-term initiative deemed outstanding by our membership and selection committee.)

Jean R. Dupré Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award
Pam Dunbar (Yellowknife, NWT)
(Presented to an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of speed skating in Canada.)

René Marleau Official of the Year Award
Michel Verrault (Québec, QC)
(Presented to any Speed Skating Canada official who has demonstrated meaningful, long term involvement with a club, region, branch, or the national association based on the criteria in the nomination form.)

Gagné Family Award
Proteau/Lemay Family (Sherbrooke, QC)
(Denis Lemay, Sonia Proteau, Marc-Antoine Lemay and Jean-Philippe Lemay)
(Presented to a family who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the sport of speed skating in Canada.)

Coaches Awards of Excellence
Cameron Boyd (Toronto, ON)
Val Gendron (Fort Simpson, NWT)
Elizabeth Migneron (Sherbrooke, QC)
(Presented to those who have made contributions to the sport of speed skating in the role of a coach. The award is not given based on the achievement of athletes, but on the demonstrated ability to assist in the development of athletes and the sport, including grassroots to high performance coaches. Any Speed Skating Canada volunteer who has demonstrated meaningful involvement with a club, regional, branch, or national association as a coach as evidenced by the outline in the nomination form.)

Officials Award of Excellence
Michel Dumont (Trois-Rivières, QC)
(Presented to an individual who has made contributions to the sport of speed skating in the role of an official. The award is given based on the demonstrated ability to assist in the development of officials in the sport, including grassroots to high performance officials. Any Speed Skating Canada volunteer who has demonstrated meaningful involvement with a club, region, branch, or national association as an official as outlined in the nomination form.)

Peter Williamson Memorial Trust Fund Bursaries
Tori Spence (Kamloops, B.C.)
Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
Sébastien Landry (Montréal, QC, borough Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles)
Tyler Williamson-Derraugh (Winnipeg, MB)

(Bursaries given to athletes who best combine athletic and scholastic achievement; have the ability to communicate well with coaches and fellow skaters; and show elements of leadership and are positive role models for other athletes.)

Canadian Championships Shields
(Presented to the best provincial/territorial teams in long track and short track speed skating, combining all the Canadian championships.)

Doreen Ryan Shields: Long Track
Québec

Pat Underhill Shield: Short Track
Québec

Additional details regarding Speed Skating Canada’s Awards are available 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 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
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Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
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Phone: 403-860-9525
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