Saskatoon set to host Canadian Junior Championships & Canada Cup 3

Saskatoon set to host Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup 3

SASKATOON – On behalf of Speed Skating Canada and the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association, the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club will host the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup 3 from Friday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 5 at Saskatoon’s Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval.

Athletes competing in the junior championships will race in following distances: Women - two 500- and two 1,000-metre races, 1,500 and 3,000 metres; Men - two 500- and two 1,000-metre races, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 metres.

Friday’s races for both competitions will see the men’s and women’s 500 metres, women’s 1,500 metres, men’s 1,000 metres, and junior men’s 3,000 metres. Saturday will feature the women’s 1,000 and 3,000 metres, and men’s 1,500 and 5,000 metres. On Sunday, the men and women will compete in the second 500- and 1,000-metre distances, as well as the mass start (15 laps for women, 20 laps for men) for Canada Cup 3.

The Canadian junior all-round champions will be declared on Saturday and the top sprinters will be crowned on Sunday. For the all-round title, the women’s cumulative will come from the first 500-metre race, 1,000, 1,500, and 3,000 metres, and for the men it’s the first 500-metre race, 1,000, 1,500, and 5,000 metres. The sprint titles will be the cumulative of four races from the 500- and 1,000-metre distances.

Up to five junior men and women will represent Canada at the Junior World Cup in Calgary from Feb. 10-12 and the Essent ISU World Junior Championships in Obihiro, Japan, from March 2-4. Junior skaters must have reached the age of 14, but not the age of 19 by July 1, 2011, as well as meeting ISU standard requirements for each distance.

Seven national development team athletes will be competing in Canada Cup 3: Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., Martin Corbett of Scarborough, Ont., Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg, William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., Jennessa Kemp of Calgary, and Mykola Makowsky and Justin Warsylewicz, both of Regina.

The four Canada Cups are key events throughout the season used to determine national rankings for positions on the national junior and development teams. The competitions are open to junior and senior skaters, meeting specific distance time standards. The Canada Cup circuit wraps up in Calgary from March 15 to 18. The first two were in Quebec City and Calgary.

The Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club (SLSSC), started in 1942, has organized national speed skating championships throughout its history. Seven of its skaters have represented Canada at the Olympics, and it has had members serve as president of Speed Skating Canada. The club has also developed world-class officials for ISU world championships and the Olympics, including 1988 Calgary Games and 2010 Vancouver Games.