National Team veteran Annie Perreault announces her retirement

Annie Perreault and Speed Skating Canada today announced that she is retiring from the national team and active competition.

Perreault, 32, joined the senior national team in 1987 and eventually became the cornerstone of the Canadian women’s short track racing team.

During her 16-year career, Perreault participated in 3 Olympic Games, 18 World Championships and numerous World Cup competitions.

The Windsor, Que., native leaves the sport with three Olympic medals including two in Nagano - a gold in the 500m and a bronze in the relay. She also won gold in the relay in Albertville.

“The time had come for me to make a choice”, stated Perreault.

“I’ve been working very hard these past few years to build a career after skating. At 32 years old, it’s time for me to focus on that.”

She will now focus her efforts on managing her fitness centre and also growing her accounting business which includes a number of clients including the Conseil sport loisir de l’Estrie.

Perreault’s skating career almost ended in 2000 when she lacerated 3 muscles in her left thigh requiring surgery and months of rehabilitation.

“Annie has demonstrated a tremendous amount of dedication and perseverance during her career” said Jean Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada.

“Her determination was never more evident than during her rehabilitation from her injury in 2000.”

“In the last two years she has really shown her leadership with the younger members of the team, and as a result our young skaters have been able to benefit from her experience.”

“She has been a role model for all athletes, demonstrating the determination to win while ensuring her future after her racing days.”

Looking back on 26 years of dedication to speed skating, Perreault leaves with fond memories of her sport.

“All the events I’ve experienced, good and bad, have served a purpose in my life, my personality and my outlook on life.”

“The sport has given me so much over the years. If I had to do it all over I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Speed Skating Canada is the national governing body responsible for the advancement and growth of speed skating in Canada.