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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.
 

Speed Skating Canada unveils its 2017-2018 National Competitions calendar

Ottawa, May 17, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada unveiled today its national competitions calendar for the 2017-18 season in short and long track.

Speed Skating Canada unveils details of its selection processes leading to the 2018 Olympic Games

Ottawa, May 15, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada unveiled today details pertaining to the long and short track selection process for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which will be held February 9 to 25.
 

Speed Skating Canada announces changes to its high performance leadership

Ottawa, May 2, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada today announced changes to its high performance leadership with Brian Rahill no longer serving as the High Performance Director.
 
“First of all, on behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s members, we would like to thank Brian Rahill for his service and contributions that helped our long track and short track speed skating programs to achieve international successes in the past years and we would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours,” said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Susan Auch.

Two-time Olympian Anastasia Bucsis retires from long track speed skating

NextGen group member Alex Ruel-Garvey also to hang up his skates

Calgary, April 10, 2017 – Two-time Olympian from Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, Anastasia Bucsis from Calgary, AB, has decided to retire from long track speed skating.

$45,000 available to Canadian speed skating clubs through the 2017 Intact Insurance Podium Tracker Program

Ottawa, March 27, 2017 – A total of $45,000, including one grand prize of $10,000 and seven $5,000 grants, are available to Canadian speed skating clubs as part of the 2017 Intact Insurance Podium Tracker Program.

Clubs have until Friday, March 31, to submit their application for $5,000 or $10,000 to help them tackle challenges such as the purchase of equipment, coaching services, recruitment or ice time.

Ottawa welcomes 122 young skaters from Eastern Canada for the 2017 Canada East Short Track Championships

Ottawa, March 23, 2017 – The Elizabeth Manley International Skating Centre at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex (1490 Youville Drive) in Ottawa, ON, will play host to 122 young skaters, March 25-26, during the 2017 Canada East Short Track Championships, presented by Ontario 150.

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