A Milestone for the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec : 5000m members!

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games gave a boost to the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec (FPVQ), allowing it to reach a long time goal : to have 5000 registered members. It is with pride that the FPVQ has reached the milestone, with a total of 5128 members for the 2009-10 season.

To explain how this milestone was reached after 39 years of history of the FPVQ would be quite long, but in short, thanks to the passion of thousands of young Québec residents, to the excellence of its athletes, many of which have become Québec sport heroes, short and long track speed skating have blossomed through the years in the province.

The FPVQ wishes to thank everyone who contributed actively to this achievement, starting from the early years of the federation in the 1960s with people such as Maurice Gagné, Jean Grenier and André Lamothe, followed by athletes such as Gaétan Boucher who then helped promote the sport.

The objective of the FPVQ to reach 50 clubs / 5000 members is now half achieved, as the organization currently has 48 clubs, but this collective achievement in reaching 5000 members gives a new energy to the FPVQ, still working hard to help the emergence of new clubs.

With the special attention brought to speed skating, thanks to the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and the success of our athletes there, the FPVQ can now hope to keep growing in 2010-11.