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Calgary’s Olympic Oval to welcome the best skaters in the world and in the country in 2014-2015

Calgary, September 9, 2014 – The 2015 ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships will highlight Speed Skating Canada’s busy schedule at Calgary’s Olympic Oval this winter as the facility will present eight international and national speed skating short and long track events.
 

Daniel Dubreuil and Sébastien Gagnon recipients of the ‘Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence’ Program

Toronto, Ontario – Long Track speed skater Daniel Dubreuil (Lévis, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, QC) and his coach Gregor Jelonek and Short Track speed skater Sébastien Gagnon (Sainte-Anne-Des-Plaines, QC) and his coach Laurent Daignault are amongst the recipients of a Petro-Canada Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) funding. Suncor, proud owner of Petro-Canada, annually awards 50 athlete and coach pairings with funding to help fuel their sport dreams. 

Brian Rahill returns to Speed Skating Canada as High Performance Director

Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Rahill as High Performance Director of both its short track and long track programs. Based in Ottawa, he will begin work Monday, September 22.
 

Short Track Speed Skater and two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet expecting first child

Short track speed skater and two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet from Saguenay, Que., announced today she is expecting her first child at the end of January.

Drolet, 32, won a bronze medal in the Women’s Relay event at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and a silver medal in the same event in 2014 in Sochi.

“This is a great news for me and my partner”, said Drolet. “My pregnancy is going great so far and I cross my fingers that everything will go well until the baby arrives.”

Short Track Speed Skater Valérie Maltais will represent Canada… in inline skates

The Olympic medalist will represent Canada at the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico

Montreal, July 10, 2014 – A few months prior to the beginning of a new Olympic cycle in Short Track Speed Skating, 2014 Olympic Games silver medalist in the Women Team Relay event, Valérie Maltais, will continue her preparation by representing Canada in Mexico but in inline skates.

The athlete from Saguenay (borough La Baie), QC, will take part in the inline speed skating events at the Pan American Sports Festival held in Puebla, Mexico, July 16-19.

Brittany Schussler announces her retirement from speed skating

Winnipeg, July 8, 2014 – Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler, who represented Canada at three Olympic Games, announced today she is retiring from long track speed skating.

The 29-year-old has competed internationally for 13 seasons and this past year was named Speed Skating Canada’s top female long track skater. She made the announcement today on her website, www.brittanyschussler.com.

Jim Allison elected as new President for Speed Skating Canada

Ottawa, June 25, 2014 – Jim Allison from Abbotsford, British Columbia, was elected as President of Speed Skating Canada (SSC) at the Annual General Meeting of the national organization held last weekend in Ottawa.
 
He is succeeding to Marie-Claire Rouleau who stepped down after she completed her third two-year mandate, as stipulated by SSC’s rules.
 

Speed Skating Canada announces 2014 Annual Award Winners

Denny Morrison, Charles Hamelin, Valérie Maltais and Brittany Schussler named Athletes of the Year

Ottawa, June 23, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to name its 2014 annual award winners which were announced at its Awards Reception, in Ottawa, Ontario, during its Annual General Meeting.

The recipients were elected based on nominations put forth by Speed Skating Canada’s members and committees. 

Athletes of the Year - Long Track
Jeremy Wotherspoon Male Athlete of the Year Award
Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, B.C.)

2014 Speed Skating Olympic medalists Denny Morrison and Charles Hamelin will meet and skate with rising stars in Ottawa Saturday, June 21

Ottawa, June 19, 2014 – 2014 Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team members, including Olympic medalists Denny Morrison and Charles Hamelin, as well as Olympian Ivanie Blondin, will share their passion for the sport by skating with rising stars from the Ottawa area Saturday, June 21.

The event will take place from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Roger Senecal Arena in the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex (1490 Youville Dr., Ottawa), home of the Gloucester Concordes club.

Cristina Lazarescu and Marc-André Monette named coaches at the Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre in Montreal

Montreal, June 19, 2014 – The Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre (CRCE) based in Montreal announced today the addition of Cristina Lazarescu and Marc-André Monette as coaches.

They will be under the leadership of Marc Gagnon, Head Coach of the CRCE, and will fill the positions left vacant by the departures of Jonathan Guilmette and Ludovic Mathieu and the promotion of Marc Gagnon.

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