Speed Skating Canada introduces the members of its Long Track National, Development & Training Teams for 2014-2015

Ottawa, September 25, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to introduce the athletes who have been named to the Canadian long track national, development and training teams for 2014-2015.

The Canadian team will be led by four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison, who won two medals in February at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; double Olympic medalist Christine Nesbitt; and Jamie Gregg and Gilmore Junio, World Cup medalists last season.

Cindy Klassen, who has won six medals at three Olympics, and Anastasia Bucsis, who took part in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games, have both decided to take the year off.

All athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for international competitions held in the first half of the season at the Fall World Cup Trials, to be held Oct. 23-26 in Calgary. The Canadian Single Distance Championships, Jan. 2-5 also in Calgary, will serve as the qualifier for international competitions held in the second half of the season, including the World Sprint and Allround Championships.

Members of the Women’s National Team
BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB)
NESBITT, Christine (London, ON)

Members of the Men’s National Team
DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB)
DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)
DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK)
GREGG, Jamie (Edmonton, AB)
JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Québec, QC)

Members of the Women’s Development Team
GARRIDO, Nicole (Edmonton, AB)
HANLY, Kate (Calgary, AB)
HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK)
IANCULESCU, Alexandra (Toronto, ON)
McGUIRE, Lauren (Ottawa, ON)
McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
SPENCE, Tori (Kamloops, B.C.)
TUTT, Brianne (Airdrie, AB)

Members of the Men’s Development Team
BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON)
BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC)
De HAITRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
MacLENNAN, Richard (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
OUARDI, Muncef (Québec, QC)
RIOPEL, Philippe (Lachenaie, QC)
WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB)

Members of the Women’s Training Squad
WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON)
OUDENAARDEN, Tamara (Calgary, AB)

Members of the Men’s Training Squad
DÉRY, François (Lévis - Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, QC)
DUBREUIL, DanieL (Lévis - Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC)

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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For information:
Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
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