Olympic silver medalist Jessica Hewitt announces her retirement from speed skating

Olympic silver medalist Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., announced today she is retiring from short track speed skating.
The 28 year old won a silver medal in the women's 3000m relay event at her first Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, last February along with Marie-Ève Drolet, Valérie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais. She also took the 13th spot in the 500m event.
In five senior international seasons since 2008, Hewitt won four World Championships medals (two gold and two silver), and 11 World Cup medals (one gold, four silver and six bronze), all in the relay event.
"I'm thankful for all of the memories and experiences that short track speed skating has given me over the years," said Hewitt. “Most importantly, this sport has taught me a lot about myself and how to persevere. I'm looking forward to using these lessons in other aspects of my life.”
“Thanks to all of the people that helped me reach my goals and mostly to my teammates who made me drag myself out of bed every morning.  Good luck to all of the girls and guys.”
“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s community, I would like to congratulate and thank Jessica Hewitt for her contribution to the sport in the country," said Speed Skating Canada’s President Jim Allison.

"She not only contributed to the pursuit and tradition of excellence in the Speed Skating program as part of the women's relay silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but she was also a great representative of the sport in British Columbia. She was always willing to give back to her community every time she was able to do so. Congratulations Jessica and good luck.”

Hewitt is currently in the Human Environment program at the Concordia University in Montreal.

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 sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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