Speed Skating Canada unveils its final roster for the ISU World Cup Long Track in the Netherlands

Heerenveen, December 8, 2015 – Speed Skating Canada announced today its final line-up, including events for each Canadian skater, for the fourth ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating of the 2015-2016 season to be held this weekend, December 11-13, in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
The 18 Canadian skaters will look to pursue their success since the beginning of the season following 19 medals won so far in three World Cups, its highest total since it won 21 in 2010-2011.

The 500m events will be particularly interesting to watch as there are five Canadian skaters among the top 10 in the World Cup ranking on the men’s side.

William Dutton of Humboldt, SK, second in the world, will look to get back on the podium following four medals in two World Cups, then being off the podium in Inzell, Germany, last weekend.

Gilmore Junio of Calgary, third in the world, will look to build on his gold medal won last weekend. He also finished fourth at only four thousandth of a bronze medal Sunday.

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (5th) of Sherbrooke, QC, who won two medals this season including a silver last weekend, Laurent Dubreuil (7th) of Lévis, QC, who won so far one bronze medal in Salt Lake City and who was two thousandth of a second from the podium in Inzell, and Alexandre St-Jean (9th) from Quebec City, who won his first-ever World Cup Long Track medal in Inzell (silver), will all be looking to be on the podium.

On the women’s side, Heather McLean of Winnipeg, proud of her first-ever individual World Cup medal with a bronze in the 500m last weekend, will aim to keep her spot on the podium. She will be looking to improve her current sixth position in the World Cup ranking.

In the mass start event, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa will look to win her first race of the season. Currently, she has won two silver medals and one bronze.

The Canadian skaters, including eight women and ten men, will take part in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, women’s 3000m, men’s 5000m, mass start, team sprint and team pursuit events.

Members of the Canadian national team for the ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating #4 in Heerenveen, Netherlands:

-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) – 3000m, Mass Start
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK) - 500m (1), 1500m
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) – 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m, Team Sprint
-IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB) – 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m, Team Sprint
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB) – 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m, Team Sprint
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.) – 3000m, Mass Start
-TUTT, Brianne (Airdrie, AB) – 1500m
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON) – 1500m, 3000m, Mass Start

-BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON) – 5000m, Mass Start
-BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC) - 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) – 1000m, 1500m
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) - 500m (1), 500m (2), Team Sprint
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK) - 500m (1), 500m (2), Team Sprint
-JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC) – 1500m, Mass Start
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB) - 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m, Team Sprint
-ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC) - 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m
-WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB) – 1500m, 5000m, Mass Start
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON) – Mass Start

More information, including the competition schedule, 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, 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
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