William Preudhomme named honorary ambassador for the Canada East Short Track Championships in Charlottetown

Charlottetown, February 29, 2016 – Short Track Speed Skating National Development Team member William Preudhomme, who won a medal in his first-ever World Cup, will be in Charlottetown, P.E.I., March 25-27, 2016, as the honorary ambassador of the Canada East Short Track Championships presented by Irving Oil.

William Preudhomme will take part in the athletes’ banquet on Friday evening, March 25. Saturday and Sunday, competition days at the Canada East Championships, Preudhomme will attend the competition and meet and inspire the next generation of skaters, as well as take part in the webcasting of the event. Saturday night, Preudhomme will jump on the ice with athletes of the Speed Skate P.E.I. club.

“I’m excited to go to Charlottetown and to inspire the future generation of skaters”, said William Preudhomme. “I’ll also be there to share my knowledge, to give them confidence, to answer any question and to promote the sport. I love Prince Edward Island! I’ve been there once before and I’m excited to go back!”

"We're thrilled that William will be joining us as honorary ambassador for the Canada East Short Track Championships", said Rob Binns, chair of the host committee and Speed Skate PEI President.  "It is Speed Skate PEI's 25th anniversary season and having William visit to share his experience and to inspire our young athletes will be a highlight to our year, as well as for the event."

William Preudhomme, age 22, won a bronze medal in the 500m at his first-ever World Cup in the 2014-2015 season. He’s since taken part in two other World Cups, while also representing Canada at the 2015 Winter Universiade and at the 2013 World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal in the relay event.

At the 2016 Canadian Senior Championships held in January in Montreal, the skater from Toronto won bronze medals in the 1000m and in the 3000m, and finished fifth in the 1500m to take the sixth spot in the overall ranking.

The Canada East Short Track Championships, presented by Irving Oil, will showcase the best skaters from Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Nunavut, Newfoundland-and-Labrador and host province, Prince Edward Island, in the “Training to Train” stage of development in the 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old categories. This is the final competition of the season on the national level.

Last year, more than 110 young skaters took part in this competition held in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca or Speed Skate P.E.I.’s website at www.speedskatepei.com.

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 sponsor Intact Insurance, 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
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC 

Dawn Binns
Communications Chair
2016 Canada East Short Track Championships
Email: db@insightstudiopei.com
Phone: 902-393-2050