Speed Skating Canada announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

Kim Boutin, Ivanie Blondin, Ted-Jan Bloemen and Samuel Girard named Athletes of the Year
Calgary, June 15, 2018 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce its 2018 annual award winners which were unveiled Friday, June 15, at its Awards Reception held in Calgary during its Annual General Meeting.
The recipients were elected based on nominations put forth by Speed Skating Canada’s members and committees.

Speed Skating Canada’s community in Calgary to enhance the sport during 2018 AGM

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Short Track Speed Skater Samuel Bélanger-Marceau retires from competition

Montreal, June 12, 2018 – National Development Short Track Speed Skating Team member since the 2014-2015 season, Samuel Bélanger-Marceau from Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC, announced his retirement from competition.
Bélanger-Marceau, age 26, represented Canada on the international stage at two ISU World Cups, in Salt Lake City and in Montreal in the fall of 2014, as well as at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Italy. He also took part in the Olympic Trials for the 2014 and 2018 Games.

Derrick Campbell steps down as coach of the Canadian men's short track team

Montreal, June 7, 2018 – Derrick Campbell has announced that he has stepped down as coach of the Canadian men's short track speed skating team.
Head of the men's national program since the 2006-2007 season, Campbell decided to pursue new challenges as part of the Chinese team, as China prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2022 in Beijing.

Olympic champion in short track relay François Hamelin officially announces his retirement

Montreal, June 5, 2018 – François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, a member of the Canadian men's relay team in short track speed skating that won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, officially announced his retirement today.
François Hamelin, age 31, won two medals in the relay event at the World Junior Championships, in 2005 and 2006, before joining Canada's senior national team for the 2007-2008 season.

Olympic gold medal coach Remmelt Eldering from the Netherlands to join Canada’s Long Track National Team coaching staff

Photo: Martin de Jong

Three-time Olympic silver medalist Marianne St-Gelais officially announces her retirement

Montreal, May 30, 2018 – Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, who won three Olympic silver medals in short track speed skating, officially announced her retirement today.

Marianne St-Gelais, age 28, earned silver in the 500m and the women's relay at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and another silver in the women's relay at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

Winnipeg’s Stefan Waples retires from competitive speed skating

Winnipeg, May 25, 2018 – Former Speed Skating Canada’s National Long Track Speed Skating Team member Stefan Waples of Winnipeg, MB, announced his retirement from competition.

Waples, age 31, most notably took part in the 2016 ISU World Single Distance Championships in Kolomna, Russia, in the 1500m event where he placed 18th.

Olympian William Dutton retires from long track speed skating

Calgary, May 15, 2018 – National Long Track Speed Skating Team member and 2014 Olympian William Dutton of Humboldt, SK, announced his retirement from competition.
Dutton, age 28, competed in a total of 83 World Cup races from 2010 to 2018. He made his international debut in 2009 when he qualified to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships in Zakopane, Poland. He also competed in the 2014 Olympics in the 500m and 1000m, where he respectively finished 14th and 26th.

Ontario's Patrick Duffy retires from short track speed skating

Montreal, April 25, 2018 – National Short Track Speed Skating Team member Patrick Duffy from Oakville, ON, announced his retirement from competition.

Duffy, aged 27 and who represented Quebec on the national stage since 2013-2014, took part in his first ISU World Cup in the winter of 2012 after he represented Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships, where he took part in the men’s relay bronze medal.