Speed Skating Canada unveils its final roster for the ISU World Cups Short Track to be held in Asia

Montreal, December 2, 2016 – Speed Skating Canada announced its final line-up today for the two ISU World Cups Short Track Speed Skating to be held in Asia, the third one scheduled December 9-11 in Shanghai, China, and the following weekend in Gangneung, South Korea, on the ice where the competitions at the 2018 Olympic Games will be held.

The Canadian Team will be similar to the group who took part in the first two World Cups of the season held in Calgary and in Salt Lake City, except Patrick Duffy from Oakville, ON, will take the spot of William Preudhomme from Toronto, ON, as planned earlier this year.

On the women’s side, the performances of Jamie Macdonald from Fort St. James, B.C., in Calgary and in Salt Lake City allowed her to keep her spot and to take part in the next two World Cups. Macdonald won a silver medal in the 500m at the Canadian stage.

Duffy and Macdonald will join other members of the Canadian Team including: Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, QC, Kasandra Bradette from Saint-Félicien, QC, Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, Pascal Dion from Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC, Marie-Ève Drolet from Saguenay, Chicoutimi borough, QC, Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, Valérie Maltais from Chicoutimi, La Baie borough, QC, and Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC.

In two World Cups so far this season, Canada is currently ranked second in the medal ranking with 11, tied with the Netherlands. South Korea is leading with 16.

Marianne St-Gelais and Samuel Girard won more than half of the Canadian medal tally as they won three medals each at the first two World Cups of the season.

St-Gelais won a gold medal in the 500m as well as silver in the 1500m in Salt Lake City, and another silver medal in the 500m in Calgary.

Girard, age 20, won gold in the 500m and silver in the 1000m in Calgary, and added another gold medal in the 1500m in Salt Lake City.

In the case of Charles Hamelin and Marie-Ève Drolet, they both won their first medal of the season, a bronze, in Salt Lake City.

Members of the Canadian national team for ISU World Cups Short Track #3 in Shanghai, China, and #4 in Gangneung, South Korea

WOMEN
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC)
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC)
-DROLET, Marie-Ève (Saguenay, Chicoutimi borough, QC)
-MACDONALD, Jamie (Fort St. James, B.C.)
-MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, La Baie borough, QC)
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC)

MEN
-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC)
-DION, Pascal (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON)
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC)
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC)
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC)

More information, including the competition schedule, is available at 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, and WinSport Canada.

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