Roger Cole of Fredericton, N.B., promoted to ISU starter in short track speed skating by the International Skating Union

Roger Cole of Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been named to the group of 15 starters that was updated recently and selected by the International Skating Union (ISU) for short track speed skating international competitions.

Following the recommendation of Speed Skating Canada, the ISU, international governing body for competitive ice skating disciplines, including short track speed skating, chose Roger Cole to be a starter in international competitions sanctioned by the ISU, including World Cups, World Championships and the Olympic Games. The starter's role is to ensure that all skaters start their race in accordance with the rules.

Roger Cole is joining another Canadian on the 15-member starters list, Hans Terstappen from Victoria, B.C., who was named in August 2012.

“I am honoured to have been selected for the ISU list,” said Roger Cole. “Like most speed skating officials, I initially got involved to fill a local need to ensure my children and their friends could compete. I never thought, when I started as an official over 20 years ago, that this was even within the realm of possibilities.”

“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s Officials Development Committee, I would like to congratulate Roger Cole on his promotion to ISU Starter”, said Rocky Lamontagne, a member of the committee.

“Roger has dedicated a lot of time and effort to the sport and he advanced through the Officials Development system. His professionalism, fairness and competence are well known around Speed Skating Canada and he will now be able to demonstrate those skills on a global level. Congratulations Roger!”

Roger Cole initially got involved in short track speed skating as an official in 1993. He began as a starter in 1995. He took part in his first international competition in December 2013 as a starter at the Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy. In recent years, he was also a starter at the Canadian Olympic Trials in August 2013.

In 2014, Roger Cole attended the 2014 ISU Seminar for officials in short track speed skating in Frankfurt, Germany.

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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 14,000 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.

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Patrick Godbout
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