Speed Skating Canada introduces members of its Short Track National & Development Teams for 2015-2016

Speed Skating Canada is pleased to introduce the athletes who have been named on the Short Track National and Development Teams for 2015-2016.

The group of skaters are led by Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, François Hamelin, Valérie Maltais, Charle Cournoyer, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille, as well as two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet from Saguenay, QC.

Marie-Ève Drolet, 33 years of age, is progressively returning to full training following the birth of her first child last January, with the goal of taking part in the 2018 Olympic Games.

These veterans will be accompanied by many young promising skaters who earned strong international results last season, including Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC), Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC), Patrick Duffy (Oakville, ON), Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC) and Genève Bélanger (Montréal, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, QC). These skaters all represented Canada at last winter's World Senior Championships along with Charles Hamelin, St-Gelais, Maltais, Jean and Bastille.

The only Canadian to win a medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships, Audrey Phaneuf from Boucherville, QC, will round out the Senior Women's National Team. Phaneuf won the silver medal in the 500m event held in Osaka, Japan.

New faces on the National Development Team
Among the new members on the National Development Team is triple gold medalist at the 2015 Canada Games, Rosalie Tremblay from Saint-Félicien, QC.

At the competition held in Prince George, B.C., the 17-year old skater finished first in the 500m, 1500m and the women’s relay events. She also won a silver medal in the 1000m and a bronze medal in the 3000m events. In addition, she took part in the World Junior Championships and finished third in last season's Canadian junior ranking.

Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, Jonquière borough, QC) and William Preudhomme (Toronto, ON) will also make their debut on the National Development Team following strong performances last season. Both took part in their first ever World Cups last year. Preudhomme even won a bronze medal in the 500m race at his first career World Cup, held in Shanghai in December 2014.

Also on the National Development Team are members of the Canadian squad who skated in the 2015 Winter Universiade: Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) and Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC), who also took part in World Cups in the fall of 2014, as well as Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, QC), Pascal Dion (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montréal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough, QC), Jamie MacDonald (Fort St. James, B.C.) and Keri Morrison (Burlington, ON).

Courtney Shmyr (Langley, B.C.), who took part in the Salt Lake City, U.S.A., and Montreal World Cups last fall, Danaé Blais (Châteauguay, QC), Sasha (Alexander) Fathoullin (Calgary, AB) and Sébastien Gagnon (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC) will also be on the National Development Team.

Fathoullin, the current Canadian Junior champion, and Gagnon also took part in the World Junior Championships last year.

These athletes will train at the National Centres at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal or at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, while receiving complete specialized services as well as carding support from Sport Canada.

Members of the Women’s National Team
BÉLANGER, Genève    (Montréal, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough)
BOUTIN, Kim    (Sherbrooke, QC)
BRADETTE, Kasandra    (Saint-Félicien, QC)
DROLET, Marie-Ève    (Saguenay, Chicoutimi borough, QC)
MALTAIS, Valérie    (Saguenay, La Baie borough, QC)
PHANEUF, Audrey    (Boucherville, QC)
ST-GELAIS, Marianne    (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Members of the Men’s National Team
BASTILLE, Guillaume    (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
DUFFY, Patrick    (Oakville, ON)
GIRARD, Samuel    (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC)
HAMELIN, Charles    (Sainte-Julie, QC)
HAMELIN, François    (Sainte-Julie, QC)
JEAN, Olivier    (Lachenaie, QC)

Members of the Women’s Development Team
BLAIS, Danaé    (Châteauguay, QC)
GERVAIS, Joanie    (Saguenay, Jonquière borough, QC)
HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée    (Montréal, Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough, QC)
MACDONALD, Jamie    (Fort St. James, B.C.)
MORRISON, Keri    (Burlington, ON)
SHMYR, Courtney    (Langley, B.C.)
TREMBLAY, Rosalie    (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Members of the Men’s Development Team
BÉLANGER-MARCEAU, Samuel    (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC)
BLAIS, Cédrik    (Châteauguay, QC)
COURNOYER, Charle    (Boucherville, QC)
DION, Pascal    (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
FATHOULLIN, Sasha (Alexander)    (Calgary, AB)
GAGNON, Sébastien    (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)
GAUTHIER, Yoan    (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
PREUDHOMME, William    (Toronto, ON)

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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