Canadian short track teams named for World Cups & World Championship

Canadian short track teams named for World Cups and World Championship

MONTREAL – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced today the short track teams competing in the upcoming World Cups in Moscow from Feb. 3 to 5, and Dordrecht, the Netherlands, from Feb. 10 to 12, and the World Championship in Shanghai, China, from March 9 to 11.

Competing for the women at the Moscow World Cup are Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterrière, Que., Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., Valérie Maltais of La Baie, Que., Marianne St. Gelais of St. Félicien, Que., Caroline Truchon of Chicoutimi, Que., and Gabrielle Waddell of Red Deer, Alta. Guillaume Bastille of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., Charle Cournoyer of Longueuil, Que., Michael Gilday of Yellowknife, Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que., and Liam McFarlane of Medicine Hat, Alta., will represent the men.

The final World Cup of the season in the Netherlands will see the same women with the exception of Kasandra Bradette of St. Félicien, Que., replacing Hewitt. For the men, Hamelin and Cournoyer will be replaced by Rémi Beaulieu and François-Louis Tremblay, both from Alma, Que.

Canada’s women’s team at the World Championship will feature Drolet, Maltais, St. Gelais, Truchon and Waddell. Maltais, as Canadian overall champion in Saguenay, Que., last weekend, is already confirmed to compete in the individual distances. The second position for the women will be determined after the competition in the Netherlands.

Hamelin, Jean and Gilday, who finished first, second and third, respectively, at the Canadian Open Championships in Saguenay, will be on the world championship squad and skate in the individual distances. McFarlane also joins the team, and the fifth position will be determined after the last World Cup.