Abbotsford, B.C., welcomes 120 young skaters from Western Canada for the 2018 Canada West Short Track Championships

Abbotsford, March 15, 2018 – The Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, B.C., will welcome 120 young skaters, March 17-18, for the 2018 Canada West Short Track Championships.

The best skaters from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and from the host province, British Columbia, in the “Training to Train” stage of development in the 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old categories, will take part in the competition, the final one of the season at the national level. It will be hosted by the Mission Racers Speed Skating Club, on behalf of Speed Skating Canada.

The best skaters in Eastern Canada will take part in the 2018 Canada East Short Track Championships in Lévis, QC, March 31-April 1.

These championships are intended to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the "Training to Train" stage of development, while providing meaningful, high profile and developmentally appropriate end of season events which are a source of motivation and opportunity for recognition of the best developing skaters in Canada. It’s also a primary introduction to national competitions where the rising stars represent their province. They will take part in the 200m pursuit event, as well as the 400m, 1500m, 2000m and 3000m points races and 3000m relay events.

Here is the approximate competition schedule (local time):
Saturday, March 17
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 18
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website at www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. 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. www.speedskating.ca

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

- 30 -

For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC