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Olympian Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg retires from speed skating

Calgary, May 15, 2014 - Olympian Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg (Red Deer, AB) announced today her decision to retire from competitive long track speed skating.

The 34-year-old athlete skated internationally for seven seasons and realized her Olympic dream by participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where she placed 33rd in the 500m. She made her World Cup debut in 2003.

Speed Skating Canada introduces the members of its Short Track National and Development Teams for 2014-2015

Ottawa, May 13, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to introduce the athletes who have been named on the Short Track National and Development Teams for 2014-2015.

The roster features nine of the 10 Olympians who represented Canada at the 2014 Games in Sochi, including: Charle Cournoyer, Marie-Ève Drolet, Michael Gilday, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, Jessica Hewitt, Olivier Jean, Valérie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais. Jessica Gregg decided to turn to long track.

Sabrina Bourgela, Lorelei St. Rose and Julie Walsh selected for the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2015 Canada Games in Speed Skating

Ottawa, April 29, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce that Sabrina Bourgela (Montréal, QC), Lorelei St. Rose (Prince George, B.C.) and Julie Walsh (Kitchener, ON) have been selected for the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2015 Canada Games.

The short track and long track speed skating events will be held during the first week of competition, February 14-20, in Prince George, B.C.

Olympic Speed Skating Medalist Justin Warsylewicz retires

Regina, April 24, 2014 – 2006 Olympic silver medalist in the Men’s Long Track Speed Skating Team Pursuit event, Justin Warsylewicz, from Regina, SK, announced today that he’s putting an end to his career of almost 25 years.

After he started speed skating with his hometown Regina local club at four years old, Justin Warsylewicz moved to Calgary after he was done high school to train with the long track national team. In 2004, he became the all round champion at the World Junior Championships.

Justin Warsylewicz

Joyce Leggatt passes away

Speed Skating Canada sadly announces the death of Joyce Leggatt, on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

Joyce Leggatt was a founding member and president of the Cambridge Club. She was also at times the President of the Ontario Speed Skating Association and a long-time board member of Speed Skating Canada.

Joyce Leggatt

Alice Humeny, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Event Volunteer of the Year (CSTA)

Speed Skating Canada would like to congratulate Alice Humeny, Chair of the ISU Essent World Cup in Calgary, AB, who received the CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award.

She received her award at the 8th Annual PRESTIGE Awards Luncheon, held Wednesday, April 2, in Edmonton, in conjunction with the CSTA’s 2014 Sport Events Congress at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton.

The PRESTIGE Awards pays tribute to individuals and groups from across Canada for their contributions to the sport tourism industry.

Speed Skating Canada congratulates its Olympians Cindy Klassen and Marcel Lacroix, new inductees at the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

Photo Credit: Jeff Bough

Ottawa, April 2, 2014 – Speed Skating Canada would like to congratulate its Olympians, long track star Cindy Klassen and coach Marcel Lacroix as the Canadian Olympic Committee announced, today, their nomination to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. The gala will be held Friday, June 6, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Cindy Klassen of Winnipeg, MB, and Marcel Lacroix from Montreal, QC, won or contributed to six Olympic medals each in three Olympic Games.

Canada East Short Track Championships 2014

Approximately 125 athletes aged 11 to 15 competed in the Canada East Short Track Championships in Rivière-du-Loup at the Centre Premier Tech this past weekend (March 29 to 30).

 

 “At this meet I enjoyed competing with skaters from other provinces I didn’t know. This meet was a great experience for practicing technique for races because of the great competitors. There was excellent organisation within the competition witch overall made a memorable experience.”

Kate Miyasaki, Ontario, girls 14

 

Kali Christ 10th after day 1 of World Allround Championships. Essent ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships

March 22, 2014 – Kali Christ of Regina is the top Canadian and is 10th entering Sunday’s final two races at the Essent ISU World Allround Speed skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

 

The 22-year-old placed fourth in the 500m in 39.37 seconds and 12th in the 3000m in 4:14.39 on Saturday at the final competition on the ISU international calendar. It wraps up with a 1500m and 5000m on Sunday for the women and 1500m and 10000m for the men.

 

Kali Christ 10th after day 1 of World Allround Championships

Kali Christ of Regina is the top Canadian and is 10th entering Sunday’s final two races at the Essent ISU World Allround Speed skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
 
The 23-year-old placed fourth in the 500m in 39.37 seconds and 12th in

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