The best junior short track speed skaters in the country in Calgary this weekend for Speed Skating Canada’s Canadian Junior Championships

Calgary, December 13, 2016 – The top 64 junior short track speed skaters in Canada will be in action this weekend, December 16-18, at Calgary’s Olympic Oval for Speed Skating Canada’s 2016 Canadian Junior Championships.

The 32 male and 32 female skaters, between 14 and 19 years of age inclusively, will aim for one of the four spots per gender available to represent the country at the 2017 World Junior Short Track Championships to be held January 27-29 in Innsbruck, Austria. They will be chosen based on their overall results at the Canadian Junior Championships in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 1500m Super Final.

The competition will start Friday at 2 pm (local time) with the 1500m, followed Saturday with the 500m starting at 11 am, and Sunday at 10 am with the 1000m and the 1500 Super Final.
Rising stars to watch.

Among the participants, four members of last year's Junior National Team will try again to represent Canada at the 2017 World Junior Short Track Championships: Alyson Charles (Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension) and Marc-Olivier Lemay (Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough) from Montréal, QC, as well as Danaé Blais from Châteauguay, QC, and Jade Quevillon from Laval, QC.

Charles took part in the last two World Junior Championships while Lemay, Blais and Quevillon competed in their first one last year.

Competitions will be webstreamed through the Olympic Oval YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/TheOlympicOval.

More info, including the full schedule and results, 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 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 and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
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Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Ryan Ohashi
Communications and Community Events Specialist
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