Speed Skating Canada announces 2015 Annual Award Winners

Ivanie Blondin, Laurent Dubreuil, Charles Hamelin, Denny Morrison and Marianne St-Gelais named Athletes of the Year
 
Winnipeg, June 19, 2015 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce its 2015 annual award winners which were unveiled Friday, June 19, at its Awards Reception, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 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
TIE: Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon borough, QC) and Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, B.C.)

Catriona Le May Doan Female Athlete of the Year Award
Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON)

Rising Star Athlete of the Year Award
Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, 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
Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Guy Daignault Rising Star Athlete of the Year Award
Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC)

Coach of the Year Award
Derrick MacLeod (Fredericton, N.B.)
(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
Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON)
2014-2015 Overall Mass Start World Cup Champion

Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, B.C.)
2014-2015 Overall 1500m World Cup Champion

(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; such athlete 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.)

Jean R. Dupré Administrator of the Year Award
Gordon Rogers (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
(Presented to an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of speed skating in Canada.)

Jean R. Dupré Administrator of the Year - Certificates of Merit
Jennifer Gemmell (Ottawa, ON)
Nicolle Moskven (Landmark, MB)
Lynda Murch (Calgary, AB)

(Presented to an administrator who has made a significant contribution to the sport of speed skating in Canada.)

René Marleau Official of the Year Award
Michel Dumont (Trois-Rivières, 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
Stickel Family (Fort St. John, B.C.)
(Richard, Dee-Ann, Dayna, Kathryn and Eryn Stickel)

(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
Ian Mellors (Canmore, AB)
Sarah Taylor (Cornwall, P.E.I.)
Miriam Verschoor (Berwick, N.B.)

(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
Robin Greig (Yellowknife, NT)
Ariadne Holness de Hiller (Prince George, B.C.)
Shirley Hons (Calgary, AB)

(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
Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON)
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno de Montarville, QC)
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montréal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough, QC)
Alec Janssens (Chilliwack, B.C.)

(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
Doreen Ryan Shields: Long Track
Alberta

Pat Underhill Shield: Short Track
Québec

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

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 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 sponsor Intact Insurance, 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
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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