Speed Skating Canada introduces members of its Short Track Senior National Team for 2017-2018

Montreal, July 5, 2017 - Speed Skating Canada is pleased to introduce the athletes who have been named to the Short Track National Teams for 2017-2018, a few weeks prior to the start of the Olympic season which will be launched August 12 with the selections for the PyeongChang Games.

The 28 skaters have been named to the Senior National or Development Team following their performances last season.

Alec Janssens and Jordan Henkelman retire from speed skating

Calgary, June 30, 2017 – Alec Janssens of Chilliwack, BC, and Jordan Henkelman of Calgary, AB, have decided to retire from competitive long track speed skating.

Janssens, age 25, had been training with the National Program since 2013, as he started on the development team and moved up to the senior team three years later

Marie-Ève Drolet announces her retirement from speed skating

Montreal, June 22, 2017 – Two-time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating Marie-Ève Drolet, of Saguenay, QC, announced today that she is retiring.

Drolet, who is now 35 years of age, returned on the international scene last year after giving birth to her first child in January of 2015. Over the 2016-2017 season, Drolet skated in five World Cup stages, winning two bronze medals along the way, and took part in the World Championships, where she finished 10th in overall standings.

Cathy Priestner Allinger elected as new President for Speed Skating Canada

Ottawa, June 13, 2017 – Cathy Priestner Allinger from North Saanich, BC, was elected as President of Speed Skating Canada at the organization’s Annual General Meeting last weekend in Toronto.

Speed Skating Canada announces 2017 Annual Award Winners

Ottawa, June 9, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce its 2017 annual award winners which were unveiled Friday, June 9, at its Awards Reception held in Toronto, Ontario, during its Annual General Meeting.
The recipients were elected based on nominations put forth by Speed Skating Canada’s members and committees.

Among them, two-time Olympic medalist, including gold in the 1000m in Vancouver, Christine Nesbitt from London, ON, was inducted into Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame.

Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame

Canadian Speed Skating elite in Toronto for Speed Skating Canada’s 2017 Annual General Meeting

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Two-time Olympian Anastasia Bucsis to join Speed Skating Canada

Ottawa, June 6, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada announced today that two-time Olympian from Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, Anastasia Bucsis, will be joining the organization as Coordinator, Leadership and Operations.

Bucsis, who retired last April from competitive long track speed skating, will help in the implementation, communication and organization of Speed Skating Canada’s new strategic plan.

Marcel Lacroix back to the Canadian Long Track Team toward PyeongChang

Calgary, May 24, 2017 – Long Track Speed Skating Coach Marcel Lacroix will be back with the Canadian Team toward the 2018 Olympic Games.

After leading short and long track skaters to six Olympic medals in Nagano in 1998, Torino in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010, including gold in men’s team pursuit, Marcel Lacroix will come back to a coaching position on the Canadian Long Track Team starting today until after the 2018 Olympic Games.

Intact Insurance awards $45,000 to eight Canadian speed skating clubs as part of the Podium Tracker program

Ottawa, May 19, 2017 – Intact Insurance Company, Speed Skating Canada’s major sponsor, announced the eight Canadian speed skating clubs who shared this year’s Podium Tracker total amount of $45,000, including the winning club of the grand prize of $10,000, the Ottawa Pacers Speed Skating Club.

The seven winning clubs of $5,000 grants each are:
-Association régionale de patin de vitesse de Laval (Laval, QC)
-Humber Valley (Corner Brook, NL)
-Peace Wapiti (Grande Prairie, AB)
-Lloydminster Border Blades (Lloydminster, AB)

Long Track Speed Skating Coach Xiuli Wang to now serve her homeland China

Calgary, May 18, 2017 – Long Track Speed Skating Coach Xiuli Wang accepted a position on the coaching staff of the Long Track National Team in her homeland, China.
Following her athletic career where she represented China at the 1984 Olympic Games and was crowned the 1990 World Champion in the 1500m, Xiuli Wang was part of the Canadian National Program’s success starting in 2002. She moved to Canada from China in 1996 and first started coaching at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.