Yves Hamelin leaves the Short Track Speed Skating program to better serve the sport at the Olympic Oval in Calgary

Ottawa, May 28, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada announced today that its Short Track Program Director for the past eight years, Yves Hamelin, will leave his position after he has been named the new director of the Olympic Oval in Calgary. His last day with Speed Skating Canada will be June 22, 2014.

With a team of specialists that he built, Yves Hamelin led the Short Track High Performance Program to over 290 international podiums, including 8 Olympic medals and 40 World Championship podiums. He was also part of the implementation of a specialized and dedicated facility for short track with city and government partners at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal. He has been highly involved in the creation of Speed Skating Canada’s Long Term Athletes Development plan since 2003.

“I’m very happy to start this new mandate which will keep me close to the sport and to speed skating”, said Yves Hamelin. “It was probably the most difficult decision that I had to take in my career because I was so close to the Short Track program and to the team members. My last eight years have been very interesting and I think I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to be with such a quality team. I’m very happy to be able to continue to support the program, but in a different position.”

“Yves Hamelin has been a very important piece of the continuation of the tradition of excellence for the short track program on the international level in the past years, whether it be his involvement with the high performance athletes or in the long term domestic planning of future Olympic champions”, said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss.

“We will miss Yves’ knowledge and involvement, but we are also very happy to see him stay close to the sport of speed skating. We wish him the best of luck in his new role, which is both an opportunity to head up another great Speed Skating programme and facility and also a great personal opportunity.”
Yves Hamelin will start his new duties as Director, Olympic Oval, part of the University of Calgary’s Kinesiology Department, starting July 14.

In the meantime, Speed Skating Canada will begin the search for a new person for this position quickly, while having full confidence in its current staff to manage the program through the summer period.

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
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Jeff MacKinnon    
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Speed Skating Canada
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