Catriona Le May Doan Announced as Honourary Capital Campaign Spokesperson for Ontario Speed Skating Oval at Lakefield Project

Two-time Olympic Speed Skating Champion Catriona Le May Doan was on hand as members of the Ontario Speed Skating Oval at Lakefield (OSSO) Project and MPP Jeffrey Leal today introduced she has signed on as Honourary Capital Campaign Chairperson for the OSSO. In pledging her support of the project, Le May Doan will assist in raising additional funds necessary to see the Lakefield, Ontario Oval Project move onto its construction phase.

“The Lakefield Oval is a perfect compliment to the facilities in Calgary and Ste-Foy, Quebec,” said Le May Doan. “The benefit of this new world-class facility is that it allows promising athletes in Ontario the opportunity to train at while staying close to home.

“Canada has always been represented by the most promising speed skaters in the world, and the sport is only gaining popularity. Having a new outdoor, temperature controlled Oval in Ontario will undoubtedly create a new generation of champions not to mention a place where families and amateurs can develop a love for speed skating. I’m very proud to be involved from its inception.”

Designated as a Regional Training Center, the Ontario Speed Skating Oval at Lakefield will have a 400 m temperature-controlled outdoor long track and adjacent building. Speed skating is Canada’s fastest growing winter sport and accounts for over 50% of the medals won by Canada at the Olympics. Located within a three-hour drive of the core of Ontario’s speed skaters, the facility will provide athletes with increased access to training opportunities, and a higher level of competition. It is expected that the number of competitors in the sport will increase as there is currently no indoor Oval in Ontario. As a not-for-profit community initiative, the Oval will also house various community programs and events.

Central to the Oval’s design, is the leading-edge geothermal heat pump system used to maintain the ice. The Ice Kube System will create a superior, cost-effective ice surface, without the use of liquid ammonia or the emission of green house gases or other air pollutants. Furthermore, the system allows for the efficient use of ‘waste heat’ as the heat source for the Oval buildings as well as two local schools, and in the future, area homes and businesses.

About Catriona Le May Doan

Known as the fastest woman on ice, Catriona Le May Doan won two Gold Medals and one Bronze Medal in long track speed skating at the Olympics in Salt Lake City and Nagano. She is a five time World Champion and has broken several world records in her sport. As a member of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee Board and a spokesperson for Right to Play, Le May Doan found the Oval Project a good fit alongside her other non-profit involvements.