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

Ottawa, May 13, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to introduce the athletes who have been named on the Short Track National and Development Teams for 2014-2015.

The roster features nine of the 10 Olympians who represented Canada at the 2014 Games in Sochi, including: Charle Cournoyer, Marie-Ève Drolet, Michael Gilday, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, Jessica Hewitt, Olivier Jean, Valérie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais. Jessica Gregg decided to turn to long track.

All athletes listed below are eligible to compete in the Fall World Cup Selection competition this September, which qualifies Canada’s athletes at the first four World Cups of the season. The athletes may later qualify for the 5th and 6th World Cups, the World Championships and the Winter Universiade through their participation at the Canadian Short Track Championships, held mid-January.

Members of the Women’s National Team
DROLET, Marie-Ève    (Chicoutimi, QC)
HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée    (Montréal, borough Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie)
HEWITT, Jessica    (Kamloops, B.C.)
MALTAIS, Valérie    (La Baie, QC)
MORRISON, Keri    (Burlington, ON)
TRUCHON, Caroline    (Chicoutimi, QC)
ST-GELAIS, Marianne    (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Members of the Men’s National Team
BASTILLE, Guillaume    (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
COURNOYER, Charle    (Boucherville, QC)
COURNOYER, Vincent    (Boucherville, QC)
DUFFY, Patrick    (Oakville, ON)
GAUTHIER, Yoan    (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
GILDAY, Michael    (Yellowknife, N.W.T.)
HAMELIN, Charles    (Sainte-Julie, QC)
HAMELIN, François    (Sainte-Julie, QC)
JEAN, Olivier    (Lachenaie, QC)

Members of the Women’s Development Team
BÉLANGER, Genève    (Montréal, borough Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)
BOUTIN, Kim    (Sherbrooke, QC)
MACDONALD, Jamie    (Fort St. James, B.C.)
SHMYR, Courtney    (Langley, B.C.)

Members of the Men’s Development Team
FATHOULLIN, Sasha (Alexander)    (Calgary, AB)
GIRARD, Samuel    (Fernand-Boileau, QC)
LANDRY, Sébastien    (Montréal, borough Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles)

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 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
Website: www.speedskating.ca  
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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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