Team Canada will pursue its quest for medals at ISU World Cup Short Track stages to be held in Asia

Speed Skating Canada introduced today the athletes who will leave Saturday, November 28, to represent the country at the next two ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating stages to be held on Asian soil. Stage #3 of the 2015-2016 season will take place in Nagoya, Japan, December 4-6, while stage #4 will follow December 11-13 in Shanghai, China.

The Canadian Team roster will be almost identical to the squad that skated in the first two World Cups of the season, in Montreal and in Toronto, except for the addition of Pascal Dion of Montreal (Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC) and Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, also from Montreal (Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough). They will be taking over the spots that were held by Sasha Fathoullin and Jamie MacDonald over this season's first two stages.

Pascal Dion will be skating in his first-ever World Cup events. Dion finished seventh overall at the Fall World Cup Selections in September. He also took part in the 2015 Winter Universiade, where he took the fourth spot in the 1500m.

“Skating at these World Cups will be a great experience, and it will really help me improve my race strategies and my stress management in competition”, said Dion. “It will also be very motivating to skate against athletes I’ve been watching for many years.”

“Also, following my performance at the Apolo Ohno Invitational competition last weekend, where I took third spot in the 1000m, I’m coming into these World Cups with much more confidence, and the knowledge that if I race well, I can overtake even skaters who are among the best in the world.”

Namasthée Harris-Gauthier will take part in her third and fourth career World Cups, after representing Canada at the Shanghai and Seoul stages last year. The 21-year old athlete took fifth place in the 3000m race held in South Korea, while also contributing to the bronze medal won by the women’s relay at the 2015 Winter Universiade. Like Pascal Dion on the men's side, she took seventh spot overall at the Fall World Cup Selections.

Already 16 medals for Canada
Team Canada will be comprised of the same five Olympic medalists who skated in the first two World Cups of the season, held in Canada: Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, Valérie Maltais from Saguenay (La Baie borough), QC, Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, and François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC.

Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, QC, and Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, who both won individual medals over the first two World Cups of the season, will also be on the team, as will Audrey Phaneuf from Boucherville, QC, Kasandra Bradette from Saint-Félicien, QC, and Patrick Duffy from Oakville, ON.

Canada will be looking to continue to build on its great start to the season. The national team has won 16 medals in two World Cups so far, the same total as South Korea which stands at the top of overall medal rankings.

On the Canadian side, Marianne St-Gelais has won a medal in each of the four individual events she has skated in so far this season, as well as a silver medal in the women’s relay event. Charles Hamelin, Samuel Girard and Charle Cournoyer have won two medals each.

Members of the Canadian Team for World Cups #3 in Nagoya (December 4-6) and #4 in Shanghai (December 11-13)

-BOUTIN, Kim (Sherbrooke, QC)
-BRADETTE, Kasandra (Saint-Félicien, QC)
-HARRIS-GAUTHIER, Namasthée (Montreal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough, QC)
-MALTAIS, Valérie (Saguenay, La Baie borough, QC)
-PHANEUF, Audrey (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC)
-ST-GELAIS, Marianne (Saint-Félicien, QC)

-COURNOYER, Charle (Boucherville, QC)
-DION, Pascal (Montreal, Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
-DUFFY, Patrick (Oakville, ON)
-GIRARD, Samuel (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC)
-HAMELIN, Charles (Sainte-Julie, QC)
-HAMELIN, François (Sainte-Julie, QC)

More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website:
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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897