Speed Skating Canada introduced its Long Track Speed Skating National Team for the next two ISU World Cups to be held in Europe

Calgary, November 24, 2015 – Speed Skating Canada introduced today the athletes who will leave Wednesday, November 25, to represent the country at the next two ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating stages to be held on European soil. World Cup #3 of the 2015-2016 season will take place in Inzell, Germany, December 4-6, while World Cup #4 will follow December 11-13 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Among the 19 athletes, eight women and eleven men, who will represent Canada, William Dutton from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, will aim to pursue his streak as he won four medals in four 500m events so far this season.

Ivanie Blondin from Ottawa will also be looking to add third and fourth medals in the mass start events following her silver and bronze medals in the first two World Cups of the season.

Ted-Jan Bloemen will be back home in the Netherlands following his new World Record and gold medal in the 10,000m in Salt Lake City and a bronze medal in the 5000m in Calgary.

Team Canada will look to pursue its quest for medals as 14 medals have been won so far by the Canadian skaters in two World Cups, seven at each of the first two events of the 2015-2016 season. This number is only one less than the 15 won last season overall, over seven World Cups.

In Inzell, the skaters will take part in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, women’s 3000m, men’s 5000m, mass start and team pursuit events, while the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, women’s 3000m, men’s 5000m, mass start, team pursuit and team sprint events are scheduled in Heerenveen.

Final distances for each skater will be announced in the week leading up to the respective competitions based on qualification at the Fall World Cup Trials and quota spots for Canada for each event.

Members of the Canadian national team for ISU World Cup Long Track #3 in Inzell, Germany, and #4 in Heerenveen, Netherlands:

-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK)
-IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB)
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
-TUTT, Brianne (Airdrie, AB)
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON)

-BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON)
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
-BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC)
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK)
-JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC)
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
-ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC)
-WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB)
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)

More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
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 14,000 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 sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
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Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
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