Quebec City hosts Canadian Jr Champs & Canada Cup 3

Quebec City set to host Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup 3

– On behalf of Speed Skating Canada and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, the Gaétan-Boucher National Centre will host the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3 from Friday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 1.

Athletes competing in the junior championships will race in following distances: Women - two 500- and two 1,000-metre races, 1,500 and 3,000 metres; Men - two 500- and two 1,000-metre races, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 metres.

Friday’s races for both competitions will see the men’s and women’s 500 metres, women’s 1,500 metres, men’s 1,000 metres, and junior men’s 3,000 metres. Saturday will feature the women’s 1,000 and 3,000 metres, and men’s 1,500 and 5,000 metres. On Sunday, the men and women will compete in the second 500- and 1,000-metre distances, as well as the mass start (15 laps for women, 20 laps for men) for Canada Cup 3.

The Canadian junior all-round champions will be declared on Saturday and the top sprinters will be crowned on Sunday. For the all-round title, the women’s cumulative will come from the first 500-metre race, 1,000, 1,500, and 3,000 metres, and for the men it’s the first 500-metre race, 1,000, 1,500, and 5,000 metres. The sprint titles will be the cumulative of four races from the 500- and 1,000-metre distances.

Seven national development team athletes will be competing in Canada Cup 3: Scott Bickerton of Nelson, B.C.; Martin Corbett of Scarborough, Ont.; Leo Landry of Chelsea, Que.; Richard MacLennan of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Lauren McGuire of Ottawa; Tamara Oudenaarden of St. Albert, Alta.; Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa, Man.; Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg; Philippe Riopel of Lachenaie, Que.; Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C.; and Justin Warsylewicz of Regina.

The four Canada Cups are key events throughout the season used to determine national rankings for positions on the national junior and development teams. The competitions are open to junior and senior skaters, meeting specific distance time standards. The Canada Cup circuit wraps up in Calgary from March 7 to 11. The first two were in Quebec City and Calgary.