The Canadian team aims for 10 individual medals at this season's first ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Montreal

Members of the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team have made it their mission to win 10 individual medals at the inaugaural stage of the 2015-2016 World Cup season, which is set to take place at home, at Montreal's Maurice-Richard Arena, October 30 to November 1st.

The women's team has set an objective of five medals. The squad is comprised of Olympic medalists Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC) and Valérie Maltais (La Baie, QC), as well as Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, QC), the top Canadian in overall standings at the 2015 World Championships with a seventh-place finish, and Kasandra Bradette (Saint-Félicien, QC). Young skaters Audrey Phaneuf (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC), who collected a silver medal in the 500m at the 2015 World Junior Championships, and Jamie MacDonald (Fort St. James, B.C.), who will be taking part in her first career World Cup, round out the Canadian team on the women's side.
 
Marianne St-Gelais will be looking to pick up where she left off last season, as she aims for podium finishes in the 500m and 1000m events. During the 2014-2015 season, the 25-year-old athlete collected a total of 12 medals in six World Cup stages. In addition, this September at the Fall World Cup Selections, she won all six women's individual races that were scheduled.

Similarly to St-Gelais, Kim Boutin will be aiming for two podium finishes, in the 1000m and 1500m races, after taking part in her first season on the World Cup international scene last season. Named Speed Skating Canada's 2015 Rising Star of the Year, Boutin won her first career individual medals at the senior level at the World Cup held in Erzurum, Turkey, last February, in addition to taking fourth place in the women's 1000m at the 2015 World Championships.
 
Valérie Maltais, who won a silver medal in team relay at the 2014 Olympic Games, will try for her part to win a medal in the 1500m in addition to coming up with a top-8 finish in the 1000m.

Kasandra Bradette will go for a top-5 result in the 500m and a spot among the top eight skaters in the 1000m, while Audrey Phaneuf will aspire to a top-6 finish in the two 1000m races slated during the weekend in Montreal. As for Jamie MacDonald, who will be skating in her first-ever World Cup, she will be vying to qualify for the semifinal stage in the 500m and 1500m events.

Men's team aims for five medals
On the men's side, Olympic medalists Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC), Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, QC) and François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) will lead the way alongside Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC), Patrick Duffy (Oakville, ON) and Sasha (Alexander) Fathoullin (Calgary, AB).

After winning the gold medal in the 1500m event at the 2014 Olympic Games, Charles Hamelin picked up six individual medals in World Cups last season, in addition to coming up with a silver medal in the 1000m and a bronze in the 1500m at the 2015 World Championships. To kick off this new season, the three-time Olympic gold medalist will aim for podiums in the 1000m and 1500m.

A bronze medalist in the 500m at his first Olympic Games in 2014, Charle Cournoyer is aiming for his part to make a strong comeback after being slowed down last winter by a shoulder operation and a foot fracture. His objective is to win a medal in the 500m and qualify for the 1000m A final.

François Hamelin, who won gold in relay at the 2010 Olympic Games, has set a personal goal over the first two World Cups, which is to come up with two top-5 finishes in addition to two top-8 results over the four individual races he will be skating in at the Montreal and Toronto World Cups. François Hamelin won his first individual medal at a World Cup since the 2010-2011 season when he collected silver in the 500m held last season in Dresden, Germany.

Samuel Girard, who was also taking part in his first season on the World Cup circuit last winter, will be looking to step on the podium in a senior event for the first time. Girard will kick off this new season with a high level of confidence after winning both 1000m races held at the recent Fall World Cup Selections. In Montreal, he will aim for medals in both the 1000m and 1500m events.

Patrick Duffy, who earned his first individual medal at a World Cup last season, will be aimering to qualify in the 1000m and 1500m A finals, while Sasha (Alexander) Fathoullin, the reigning Canadian junior champion, will attempt to finish among the top 12 skaters in the 500m and 1000m events when he skates at his first career World Cup.

The skaters who will take part in the relay races will be picked on the day of each race slated during the competition.

Members of the Canadian national team for ISU Short Track World Cup #1 in Montreal
 
WOMEN'S TEAM
-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-MACDONALD, Jamie (Fort St. James, B.C.) – 500m, 1500m
-MALTAIS, Valérie (La Baie, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-PHANEUF, Audrey (Boucherville, QC) –, 1000m (1), 1000m (2)
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC) – 500m, 1000m
 
MEN'S TEAM
-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON) – 1000m, 1500m
-FATHOULLIN, Sasha (Alexander) (Calgary, AB) – 500m, 1000m
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC) – 1000m, 1500m
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC) – 500m, 1000m

More details available on Speed Skating Canada's web site at www.speedskating.ca.

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