SSC signs contract with Sport

Speed Skating Canada signs contract with Sport

CALGARY – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) and Sport, based in the Netherlands, announced today a partnership for Canada’s long track national and development teams. The agreement calls for Sport’s key sponsors to be featured on the long track teams’ skinsuit, which will feature logos from car producer KIA Motors, security company G4S and engineering company Clafis Ingenieus. (Photo right: Christine Nesbitt wearing the new skinsuits at the Fall Trials - credit Dave Holland)

“Our partnership with Sport is an important building block for future sponsorship opportunities,” said Mark Mathies, executive director of sport with SSC. “Sport offers us the opportunity to develop local relationships with sponsors for future years. We continue to work with all our partners to increase sponsorship revenues to support our athletes and programs.”

“Sport supports many top speed skaters and skating unions around the world, almost 300 skaters are supported, and we are looking forward to our new relationship with Speed Skating Canada,” said Marnix Wieberdink of Sport “We work very hard to make sure that athletes can deliver top achievements, as it is our mission to make the speed skating sport more professional and more international. For our sponsors Kia, G4S and Clafis, the Canadian skaters show great exposure at international events, since they have always been competing at a high level.”

Sport is also known as the founder of the Kia Speed Skating Academy, an international training center for speed skaters, based in Inzell, Germany. Head coach of the academy is Canadian and former top skater Jeremy Wotherspoon, currently still the 500-metre world record holder.

Mathies noted that it’s important to showcase a more varied sponsored skinsuit showcasing the strength of our sport in the lead-up to the Sochi 2014 Olympics.