Tori Spence & Scott MacHattie Announced as National Finalists in Second Annual ING Speed Skating Challenge

– Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story will be Crowned on March 21, 2009 –

Calgary, Alberta – After thousands of votes, two heartfelt, touching and inspirational video stories remain in the country-wide search to find Canada’s best speed skating story.

Western Canada will be represented by Tori Spence from the Kamloops River City Racers Speed Skating Club.

Tori’s video story, entitled “Owen’s Oval,” is about her late father, a man with a vision – seeing inukshuks and long track ovals – for BC’s future well before the 2010 Games were on their way.

His inspiring work to create a speed skating legacy in Kamloops will never be forgotten. Tori saw the ING Speed Skating Challenge as a way to pay tribute to her father. “We thought it would be cool to do one in memory of my dad and how he helped us in skating,” she added.

Eastern Canada will be represented by Scott MacHattie of the Oakville Speed Skating Club.

Scott is a young athlete with Down syndrome and his truly inspirational story entitled, “Speed Skating: the Inclusive Sport,” shows how his home club has created a welcoming environment for young athletes. Through his speed skating, this son, brother, teammate and friend has become a trailblazer for special needs athletes encouraging them to get involved in sport.

So who will be crowned Canada’s best speed skating story? Canada will decide.

Votes from previous rounds will not be carried over, so get online today and vote for your favorite video story at www.INGSpeedSkatingChallenge.com.

The Final round of voting begins Monday March 9, 2009 and ends Friday March 20, 2009. Voting rounds begin and end at 12 AM Midnight MST.

This year’s winner will be announced on March 21, 2009 at the ING Video Awards Party during the season’s final weekend of competition at the ING Finale at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

ING and Speed Skating Canada partners have provided over $25,000 in prizes for community speed skating clubs and young skaters.

PRIZING

WINNER, ING Speed Skating Challenge
· Title of Canada’s Best Speed Skating Story
· $5000 Donation to Home Speed Skating Club
· All Expenses Paid Trip for 3 to ING Video Awards Party in Calgary, Alberta
· New Pair of Speed Skates
· Canon Digital Camera
· Cheerios Prize Package
· Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor

RUNNER-UP, ING Speed Skating Challenge
· $2500 Donation to Home Speed Skating Club
· All Expenses Paid Trip for 3 to ING Video Awards Party in Calgary, Alberta
· Canon Digital Camera
· Cheerios Prize Package
· Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor

Catriona’s Most Inspirational Award
· $1000 Donation to Home Speed Skating Club
· All Expenses Paid Trip for 3 to ING Video Awards Party in Calgary, Alberta
· Bell Prize Package
· Canon Digital Camera
· Cheerios Prize Package
· Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor