Following the Long Track World Allround Championships, Calgary’s Olympic Oval is ready for the Canadian Short Track Senior National Team Open Selection #2

Calgary’s Olympic Oval will welcome 68 short track speed skaters this weekend for Speed Skating Canada’s National Short Track Senior National Team Open Selection #2, just a few days after the oval hosted the Long Track ISU World Allround Championships.

The 37 male and 31 female athletes representing eight provinces, excluding national team members who are at the World Short Track Championships which will also be held in the same time in Moscow, will look to improve their national ranking with the objective of qualifying for the national team next season.

2010 Olympic medalist in Vancouver, François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, QC) will headline the list of athletes and will compete against many national team members of the Canada's 2014-2015 World Cups team, including William Preudhomme (Toronto, ON), who was a 500m bronze medalist at his first career World Cup in Shanghai last December, Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) and Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC). Hamelin will also need to look closely at defending Canadian junior champion, Sasha Alexander Fathoullin of Calgary, AB, who was the best Canadian at the last World Junior Championships in Osaka, Japan, with a 10th place position.

In the women’s side, Courtney Shmyr (Langley, B.C.) and Keri Morrison (Burlington, ON), who both train at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, will try to take advantage of skating at home to finish in front of the co-National junior champion, Audrey Phaneuf (Boucherville, QC). Phaneuf also took part in her first career ISU World Cups this season, as did Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montréal, QC) and Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, QC), who are also part of this competition.

Here are the approximative competition schedule (local time):
Thursday, March 12
10:10 am to 2:30 pm

Friday, March 13
9:40 am to 2 pm

Saturday, March 14
9:50 am to 2:10 pm

Sunday, March 15
9:20 am to 3:30 pm

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website:

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 sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

- 30 -

For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897

Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 403-860-9525