2014 Speed Skating Olympic medalists Denny Morrison & Charles Hamelin will meet & 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.

At the 2014 Olympic Games, Denny Morrison won the silver medal in the 1000m event and the bronze medal in the 1500m Long Track events while Charles Hamelin won the gold medal in the 1500m Short Track event.

Rising stars will have the opportunity to skate and celebrate with Olympians with photo opportunities and autographs from the athletes in a public skating event divided in two sessions. Participants must bring their skates and helmet.

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm:
Ivanie Blondin
Gilmore Junio
Kali Christ
Denny Morrison (off the ice)
Lucas Makowsky (off the ice)

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm:
Charles Hamelin
François Hamelin
William Dutton
Brianne Tutt

This event is part of the activities held during Speed Skating Canada’s 2014 Annual General Meeting to be held June 19-21 at the Ottawa City Hall.

Olympians and the Canadian speed skating community will later take part in Speed Skating Canada’s Annual Awards Reception Saturday night. Speed Skating Canada will give awards including those for Male and Female Long Track and Short Track Speed Skaters of the Year.

Full schedule regarding Speed Skating Canada’s 2014 Annual General Meeting is available on www.speedskating.ca.

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 13,000 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 sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, 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  
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Jeff MacKinnon    
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC