Nearly 100 long track speed skaters in Quebec City for the first Canada Cup of the season

Quebec City, November 30, 2017 – The Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City will host close to 100 long track speed skaters this weekend, December 1-3, for the first Canada Cup of the season.
Hosted by the Gaétan-Boucher Oval Competition and Event Organizing Committee and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, on behalf of Speed Skating Canada, this competition will be the first in a series of four Canada Cup events this season. The others will be held January 4-6 in Calgary simultaneously with the 2018 Long Track Team Selections, February 2-4 in Fort St. John, B.C., during the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships, and March 15-18 in Calgary at the same time as the Olympic Oval Finale.
The following Speed Skating Canada National Development Group members and NextGen identified athletes are among the 89 athletes who will take part in the competition: Sam Deckert, Graeme Fish, Carolane Gingras, Jacob Graham, Carolina Hiller, Nicolas Hiller, Gabrielle Jelonek, Béatrice Lamarche, Tyson Langelaar, Hayden Mayeur and Jacob Weidemann.

Representatives from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and many clubs across the province of Quebec will also be in action.

Skaters will take part in the first 500m and in the 1500m events Friday, 1000m, Women’s 3000m and Men’s 5000m Saturday, and in the second 500m, 1000m and Mass Start Sunday. Races will start at 9:00 am (local time) each day.

Canada Cup competitions are a series of events where athletes can earn points for each distance towards season-ending rankings.
More details are available on Speed Skating Canada’s website:

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.

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

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897

François-Olivier Roberge
Assistant Director, Communications and Promotion
Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec
Cell. phone: 418-576-5800
Phone: 418-651-1973, ext. 30 – Toll-free: 1-877-651-1973