Statement: Annie Perreault's induction to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Ottawa, April 26, 2016 – Following today’s announcement of Annie Perreault's induction to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, which will be officially held November 1, 2016, in Toronto, Speed Skating Canada and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec issue the following statements of congratulations.

Susan Auch, Interim President of Speed Skating Canada
"On behalf of Speed Skating Canada and our entire community, I would like to congratulate Annie Perreault for her induction in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.”

“Apart from her short track speed skating two gold and bronze Olympic medals, Annie Perreault is a true example of determination who battled health and injury issues. Following her gold medal in the relay event at the 1992 Olympic Games, she missed the 1994 Games due to a health related issue, but came back with a gold medal in the 500m and a bronze in the relay at the 1998 Olympic Games. Then, in 2000, she suffered an 8-inch gash on her left thigh, but was able to qualify for the 2002 Olympic Games as an alternate in the women's 3000m relay.”

“Annie Perreault's induction is another demonstration of the impact of our sport in Canada as she will become the 17th member of Speed Skating Canada to be inducted in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Once again, congratulations to Annie Perreault and all the 2016 inductees!"

André Beaulieu, President of the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec
“On behalf of all members from the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, I would like to congratulate Annie Perreault for her induction to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. This honour for Annie Perreault is another example of the Quebec contribution in speed skating in Canada as she will join Gaétan Boucher, Marc Gagnon and Nathalie Lambert, as well as Dr. Jean Grenier, already all inductees in the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations! »

Full details on Annie Perreault’s induction is available on the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame website: http://www.sportshall.ca/newsroom/announcing-the-class-of-2016.html?proID=&catID=all&eventID=&newsID=&lang=EN.

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
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Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
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