Sherbrooke hosting the 2021 Canadian Junior Short Track Championships This Weekend

Canada's top junior skaters converge on Sherbrooke to compete for national titles and earn a spot on the World Junior Championships team

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC – The races will take place over three days packed with action – from Friday, November 26 until Sunday, November 28 – on the fast ice at Arena Eugene Lalonde in Sherbrooke. The distances will take place according to the following schedule:

  • Friday, November 26, 2021
    • 1500m Qualifications and Finals from 14:10 to 17:00
  • Saturday, November 27, 2021
    • 500m Qualifying and Finals from 11:10 to 15:00
  • Sunday, November 28, 2021
    • 1000m and Relay Qualifications and Finals from 10:10 to 15:10

The 2021 Canadian Junior Short Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance feature the top 32 Canadian junior aged skaters per gender in the country and will crown a national junior champion in each of the individual distances as well as a champions in the overall standings. These athletes, aged 19 and under, will fight hard to not only win the national titles, but also to carve out a place on the team that will represent Canada at the ISU World Junior Short Track Championships in Gdansk, Poland, in March 2022.

The races will be live streamed on Speed Skating Canada’s YouTube channel:

A strong contingent of 48 skaters from Quebec will compete against six skaters from Ontario, four from Alberta, four from British Columbia, and one each from the Northwest Territories and Prince Edward lsland. The best of them being part of our next generation of contenders for the 2026 Olympics!

As for the Quebec delegation, two skaters from Sherbrooke will be present: Anne-Sophie Bachand, who is the top ranked Canadian junior skater and trains at the National Training Centre, and Adélie Arvisais-Bacon, ranked 15th in the national junior rankings, who now trains at the Canadian Regional Training Center in Montreal. Among the boys, Alexandre Mignier and Émilien Blackburn from Quebec, as well as Samuel Green from British Columbia, will be some of the main contenders.

The organizing committee will ensure that all health and safety protocols are in place to host a safe competition, in compliance with the measures of Public Health, Speed ​​Skating Canada and the Fédération de Patinage de Vitesse du Québec. COVID-19 proof of vaccination is mandatory to attend the events and the wearing of a face covering is mandatory at all times in the arena.

Thanks to the recent relaxation of public health rules, for the first time this season as part of a national competition, the general public is invited to attend the three days of competition. Tickets are available on-site all weekend long at the Eugene Lalonde Arena or by online reservation:

  • 3-Day Pass: 15$
  • 1-Day Pass: 10$
  • Children (10 years and under): Free

For media representatives wishing to attend the arena for this competition, please contact the competition coordinator Mario Caron at the coordinates below.

The 2021 Canadian Junior Short Track Championships is the first of three national short track speed skating competitions to be held in Sherbrooke during the 2021-2022 season by the Club de Patinage de Vitesse de Sherbrooke and the CODEPS (Comité Organisateur d’événements en Patinage de Sherbrooke). Still to come, in February and March 2022 respectively, are the Canada Cup Short Track # 2 and the Canadian Youth Short Track Championships - East.

The successful hosting of these events would not be possible without the dedication of more than 100 volunteers.