Speed Skating Canada presents its National Team members for the first four ISU Short Track World Cups

Olympic medalist Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Charle Cournoyer will lead the team

Montreal, Oct. 6, 2014 – Canada will be represented by a team of Olympic medalists and promising young skaters at the first four ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cups, launching a new Olympic quadrennial this fall.

Speed Skating Canada unveiled in Montreal today its roster for the ISU Short Track World Cups #1 in Salt Lake City (Nov. 7-9), #2 in Montréal (Nov. 14-16), #3 in Shanghai (Dec.12-14) and #4 in Seoul (Dec. 19-21).
 
Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Charle Cournoyer will lead the team. The team also includes medalists at the 2013 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships Kim Boutin, Joanie Gervais, Samuel Girard, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier and Audrey Phaneuf.
 
Hamelin, St-Gelais, Maltais and Girard automatically earned spots on the team at the Fall World Cups Selections held in Calgary, Sept. 19-21, where they were the top two ranked skaters by gender based on best two distances.
 
The team of six men and six women for each World Cup has been filled at the discretion of Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track High Performance Committee in consultation with national team coaches. Many criteria were considered including past experience and recent performances, the opportunity to give some international racing exposure to the youngest members, future potential, commitment to the training program and physical testing results.
 
“The beginning of this new Olympic cycle and the decision of some of our veterans to take an extended break from international competition will allow us to evaluate the younger skaters and give them an added experience, which will be benefit them in the long term, including for the 2022 Olympic Games," said men's short track national team head coach, Derrick Campbell.
     
Women's national team head coach, Frédéric Blackburn, pointed out the new role of the Olympians.
 
“We are very glad to see that those new faces will take advantage of the experience and guidance of Olympians Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais and Charle Cournoyer. While competing at a high level, the four will mentor the younger ones, including at the World Cup in Montreal, November 14-16.”
 
Members of the Canadian National Team for the World Cups #1 (Salt Lake City) and #2 (Montréal)

Women
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC)

-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC)

-GERVAIS, Joanie (Saguenay, QC, borough Jonquière)

-MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, QC, borough La Baie)

-SHMYR, Courtney (Langley, B.C.)

-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Men
-BASTILLE, Guillaume (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)

-BÉLANGER-MARCEAU, Samuel  (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC)

-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC)

-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON)

-GAUTHIER, Yoan (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)

-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-Boileau, QC)

-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC)

Members of the Canadian National Team for the World Cups #3 (Seoul) and #4 (Shanghai)

Women
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC)

-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC)

-GERVAIS, Joanie (Saguenay, QC, borough Jonquière)

-HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée (Montréal, QC, bor. Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie)

-PHANEUF, Audrey (Boucherville, QC)

-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Men
-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC)

-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON)

-FATHOULLIN, Sasha Alexander (Calgary, AB)

-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-Boileau, QC)

-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC)

-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC)
 
More info are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: 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 sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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