The road to the 2018 Olympic Games starts in one month for Canada Short Track Speed Skaters

Montreal, July 12, 2017 – Exactly one month away from the start of the Short Track Team Selections which will lead to the formation of the Canadian squad that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Games, and which will kick off on August 12 at Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal, sports fans are invited to buy tickets starting now.
 
Racing will take place on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, starting at 1:50 p.m., on Wednesday, August 16 at 7:50 p.m., on Saturday, August 19 as of 1:50 p.m. and on Sunday, August 20 as of 10:50 a.m. The complete schedule is available at www.speedskating.ca.
 
Once the competition ends, on Sunday, August 20 at approximately 3 p.m., the first three male skaters and the first three female skaters to represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Games will be introduced to the public as members of the provisional team.
 
Tickets are available online until August 12 at a price of $25 (plus applicable fees) for all five days of competition.
 
The first 250 people to buy a five-day pass online will earn a chance to win a pass for the ISU World Short Track Championships, to be held at Maurice-Richard Arena shortly after the Olympic Games, March 16-18, 2018.
 
Tickets for the Selections are now available through a link available at http://www.speedskating.ca.
 
Later on, it will also be possible to buy tickets at the gate for $10 per day for events to be held August 12, 13, 16 and 19, and for $15 on Sunday, August 20. The five-day pass will also be available at the gate for $40. Admission is free for kids 12 years of age and under.
 
32 athletes in action
Over the five days of competition, the 16 men and 16 women in action will take part in three races in each of the distances, i.e. the 500m, the 1000m and the 1500m.
 
The complete policy and procedures for the Olympic selection process as well as a one-page summary are available in the special section that can be found on Speed Skating Canada's website at http://www.speedskating.ca.
 
As of today, the skaters who have been invited to take part in the 2018 Short Track Team Selections are:

WOMEN
BÉLANGER, Genève    (Montréal, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, QC)
BLAIS, Danaé    (Châteauguay, QC)
BOUTIN, Kim    (Sherbrooke, QC)
BRADETTE, Kasandra    (Saint-Félicien, QC)
CHARLES, Alyson    (Montréal, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough, QC)
DE SERRES-RAINVILLE, Camille    (Montréal, Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough, QC)
DESMARAIS, Alison    (Vanderhoof, BC)
GERVAIS, Joanie    (Saguenay, Jonquière borough, QC)
HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée    (Montréal, Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough, QC)
LEE, Jamie    (Fort St. John, BC)
MACDONALD, Jamie    (Fort St. James, BC)
MALTAIS, Valérie    (Saguenay, La Baie, BC)
PHANEUF, Audrey    (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC)
SHMYR, Courtney    (Langley, BC)
STEENGE, Renee    (Brampton, ON)
ST-GELAIS, Marianne    (Saint-Félicien, QC)

HOMMES
BASTILLE, Guillaume    (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
BÉLANGER-MARCEAU, Samuel    (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC)
BERNIER, Mathieu    (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
BLAIS, Cédrik    (Châteauguay, QC)
CHRIST, Keegan    (Regina, SK)
COURNOYER, Charle    (Boucherville, QC)
DION, Pascal    (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
DUBOIS, Steven    (Lachenaie, QC)
FATHOULLIN, Sasha    (Calgary, AB)
GAGNON, Sébastien    (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)
GIRARD, Samuel    (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC)
HAMELIN, Charles    (Sainte-Julie, QC)
HAMELIN, François    (Sainte-Julie, QC)
LAOUN, Maxime    (Montréal, Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie borough, QC)
LEMAY, Marc-Olivier     (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
PREUDHOMME, William    (Toronto, ON)

Media accreditation
Media representatives can apply for accreditation at the Selections by filling out the form available at http://www.speedskating.ca. The deadline for submitting a request is Friday, August 4.

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
“To Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating”

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.

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
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, Conseil du sport de haut niveau de Québec

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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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