OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Speed Skating Canada and local organizing committees from nine different communities will partner to host a total of 16 national-level competitions – including ten in short track and six in long track – during the upcoming 2023-24 season, which runs from September to March.
The communities of Chicoutimi, Que., Rimouski, Que., and Medicine Hat, Alta. join the fold as new event hosts this season, alongside returning host cities such as Montreal, Calgary, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Richmond and Fort St. John.
Joe Morissette, Chief Executive Officer, Speed Skating Canada
“Forging new event hosting relationships with communities across Canada is important to help our sport grow. We are excited for the opportunity to showcase national-level speed skating in Chicoutimi, Rimouski and Medicine Hat this year, while also brining it back to hosts in Sherbrooke, Richmond and Fort St. John. We have full confidence that the volunteers at these events will create a memorable experience for all participants, both on and off the ice. We’re looking forward to getting the season started in a few short weeks in Montreal.”
Speed Skating Canada’s longstanding partner, Intact Insurance, returns as presenting sponsor of all Canadian Championships for the 2023-24 season. In addition to championship-level events for senior, junior and youth aged skaters, this season will see the addition of the Canadian Neo Junior Championships in both short track and long track. These competitions will help create a distinct developmental space with increased racing opportunities for Neo Junior skaters aged 14 and 15 who have been previously underserved at the national level.
The national short track season kicks off with the Canadian Short Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance from September 29 to October 1 in Montreal. Long track skaters will compete in their first national event – the Canadian Long Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance – one week later, from October 5-8 in Calgary. These two competitions will help select the skaters that will represent Canada on the World Cup circuit this fall.
Any media and photographers interested in covering the Canadian Short Track Championships or Canadian Long Track Championships are asked to sign-up using this Media Accreditation Form before Thursday, September 27.
For more information on Speed Skating Canada’s domestic competition calendar, visit www.speedskating.ca/events.
|Sept 29-Oct 1||Canadian Short Track Championships||Montreal, QC|
|October 5-8||Canadian Long Track Championships||Calgary, AB|
|November 9-12||Canadian Junior Short Track Championships||Calgary, AB|
|November 10-12||Canadian Neo Junior Short Track Championships||Calgary, AB|
|December 8-10||Canadian Short Track Invitational||Montreal, QC|
|January 4-7||Long Track Canada Cup 1||Quebec City, QC|
|January 4-7||Canadian Junior Long Track Championships||Quebec City, QC|
|January 19-21||Canadian Junior Short Track Open||Chicoutimi, QC|
|January 26-28||Short Track Canada Cup 1||Sherbrooke, QC|
|February 3-4||Canadian Neo-Junior Long Track Championships||Fort St John, BC|
|February 9-11||Canadian Youth Long Track Championships||Quebec City, QC|
|March 7-10||Long Track Canada Cup Final||Calgary, AB|
|March 15-17||Short Track Canada Cup Final||Quebec City, QC|
|March 22-24||Short Track Canada Cup Junior Final||Richmond, BC|
|March 22-24||Canadian Youth Short Track Championships West||Medicine Hat, AB|
|March 29-31||Canadian Youth Short Track Championships East||Rimouski, QC|