Speed Skating Canada unveils its 2016-2017 National Competitions calendar

Ottawa, May 16, 2016 – Speed Skating Canada unveiled today its national competitions calendar for the 2016-17 season in short and long track.

In addition to the events to be held at Speed Skating Canada’s national training centres in Montreal (Maurice-Richard Arena, Short Track), Calgary (Olympic Oval, Short Track and Long Track) and Quebec City (Gaétan-Boucher Oval, Long Track), six national competitions will take place in other Canadian cities, including two in Saskatoon (SK): the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships/Canada Cup #3 as well as the Canada West Short Track Championships.

Chicoutimi (QC), Edmonton (AB), Trois-Rivières (QC) and Ottawa (ON) will also host national competitions this season.

Speed Skating Canada’s 2016-2017 National Competitions Calendar

1.    SHORT TRACK: Fall World Cup Selections
September 23-25, 2016
Maurice-Richard Arena, Montréal (QC)
(Top short track speed skaters in the country will take part in selections for the four Fall World Cups of the 2016-2017 season)

2.    LONG TRACK: Fall World Cup Selections
October 20-23, 2016
Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
(Top long track speed skaters in the country will take part in selections for the four Fall World Cups of the 2016-2017 season)

3.    SHORT TRACK: Canadian Open National Qualifier
November 24-27, 2016
Georges-Vézina Centre, Saguenay (Chicoutimi borough), (QC)

4.    LONG TRACK: Canada Cup #1
December 9-11, 2016
Gaétan Boucher Oval, Quebec City (QC)

5.    SHORT TRACK: Canadian Junior Championships
December 16-18, 2016
Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)

6.    LONG TRACK: Canadian Single Distance Championships / Canada Cup #2
January 3-6, 2017
Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)
(Top long track speed skaters in the country will take part in this final selections phase for the different 2017 World Championships)

7.    SHORT TRACK: Canadian Senior Championships
January 13-15, 2017
Maurice-Richard Arena, Montréal (QC)
(Top short track speed skaters in the country will take part in selections for the World Championships and the two winter World Cups of the 2016-17 season)

8.    LONG TRACK: Canadian Junior Championships / Canada Cup #3
January 27-29, 2017
Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval, Saskatoon (SK)

9.    LONG TRACK: Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships
February 11-12, 2017
Victoria Park Oval, Edmonton (AB)

10.    SHORT TRACK: Canadian Senior Selections #2
March 9-12, 2017
Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)

11.    LONG TRACK: Canada Cup #4 / Olympic Oval Finale
March 16-19, 2017
Olympic Oval, Calgary (AB)

12.    SHORT TRACK: Canadian Junior Selections #2
March 16-19, 2017
Alphonse-Desjardins Sports Complex, Trois-Rivières (QC)

13.    SHORT TRACK: Canada West Short Track Championships
March 18-19, 2017
SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon (SK)

14.    SHORT TRACK: Canada East Short Track Championships
March 25-26, 2017
Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Ottawa (ON)

More information can be found 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 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 sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval 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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Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
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