Speed Skating Canada unveils 2018-2019 national competitions calendar

Campbellton, Fort St. John, Grande Prairie, Laval, Sherbrooke and Winnipeg among host cities

Ottawa, August 22, 2018 – Speed Skating Canada today unveiled its 2018-2019 national competitions calendar for both short track and long track. The schedule highlights important changes to the competition structure for the Canadian speed skating program.
Starting this season, short track and long track athletes will have one main competition to qualify for the 2018-2019 ISU World Cup and World Championship events, each taking place this fall.

The Canadian Short Track Championships will be held September 21-23 in Montreal. Calgary will host the Canadian Single Distance Championships in long track October 20-23. An additional spot for each event on the long track World Cup and World Championship team will be available through a skate off held during Canada Cup #2 in January 2019.

Two new competitions were added to the national calendar this season. The Canadian Winter Invitational, to be held January 11-13 in Montreal, will bring together the best Canadian short track skaters and competitors from other countries, in a strategic effort to increase international competition for the athletes. Place Bell in Laval will also present the Junior Qualifier November 16-18. This new competition is designed to help athletes transition to the high-performance calendar.
“We believe that this new structure will allow our athletes to achieve more podium results at international competitions,” explained Shawn Holman, Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Sport Officer. “By providing athletes with a more consistent competition schedule throughout each individual season and across all four years of a quadrennial, we give them the opportunity to optimize their training and hit peak performance in time for World Cups, World Championships and, ultimately, the Olympic Games.”

A total of 15 national competitions will be held during the 2018-2019 season, in addition to the short track and long track events at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB. The Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal will host three of these events while Calgary’s Olympic Oval will host six national competitions.

“We value our long-standing relationships with our training centres in Montreal and Calgary, who deliver not only a large number of our national events but do so with such passion and high quality,” said David Morrison, Manager, Coach, Athlete and Competitions at Speed Skating Canada. “It’s also incredibly exciting to see competitions taking place in other cities, where host clubs are helping to strengthen the sport of speed skating across the country.”
The Peace Wapiti Speed Skating Club in Grande Prairie, AB, will host a national-level speed skating competition for the first time this season. Four other cities play host to competitions as part of this year’s schedule: Sherbrooke, QC; Fort St. John, BC; Winnipeg, MB; and Campbellton, NB.
Speed Skating Canada’s 2018-2019 National Competitions Calendar

Canadian Short Track Champi-onships   
Short track   
September 21-23, 2018   
Montreal, QC

Canadian Single Distance Championships    
Long track   
October 20-23, 2018   
Calgary, AB

Junior Qualifier   
Short track   
November 16-18, 2018   
Laval, QC

Canada Cup #1  
Long track   
December 7-9, 2018   
Fort St. John, BC

Canadian Junior Short Track Championships   
Short track   
December 14-16, 2018   
Calgary, AB

Canadian Junior Long Track Championships / Canada Cup #2   
Long track   
January 4-6, 2019   
Calgary, AB

Canadian Winter Invitational   
Short track   
January 11-13, 2019   
Montreal, QC

Canada Cup #3   
Long track   
January 25-27, 2019  
Calgary, AB

Canadian Open National Qualifier   
Short track   
February 1-3, 2019   
Montreal, QC

Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships   
Long track   
February 9-10, 2019   
Winnipeg, MB

Canada Winter Games   
Short track / Long track   
February 16-22, 2019   
Red Deer, AB

Canadian Senior Selections   
Short track   
March 8-10, 2019   
Calgary, AB

Canada Cup #4 / Olympic Oval Finale   
Long track   
March 14-17, 2019   
Calgary, AB

Canadian Junior Selections   
Short track   
March 15-17, 2019   
Sherbrooke, QC

Canada West Short Track Championships   
Short track   
March 23-24, 2019   
Grande Prairie, AB

Canada East Short Track Championships   
Short track   
March 30-31, 2019   
Campbellton, NB

More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. 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. www.speedskating.ca

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Lead, Communications & Media Relations
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca 
Phone: 514 213-9897
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