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

Competitions will be held December 15-17 at the Centre Georges-Vézina

Saguenay, December 14, 2017 – The top 64 junior short track speed skaters in Canada will be in action this weekend, December 15-17, at Saguenay’s Centre Georges-Vézina for Speed Skating Canada’s 2017 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 2018 World Junior Short Track Championships to be held March 2-4 in Tomaszow Mazoviecki, Poland. 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 11:40 am (local time) with the 1500m, followed Saturday with the 500m starting at 1:10 pm, and Sunday at 10:10 am with the 1000m and the 1500 Super Final.

Competitions will be webstreamed live through the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec’s YouTube Channel. Link is available at:

Rising stars to watch
Among the participants, five members of last year's Junior National Team will try again to represent Canada at the 2018 World Junior Short Track Championships, including the four women representatives from last year Alyson Charles from Montreal (Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension), Renee Steenge from Brampton, ON, Courtney Sarault from Moncton, N.B., and Danaé Blais from Châteauguay, QC, as well as Marco Schumann from Saskatoon, SK, on the men’s side.

Charles took part in the last three World Junior Championships and Blais, to the last two ones, while all others competed in their first one last year.

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website:

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. 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.

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897