Speed Skating Canada & CIS introduces the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating team for the 2015 Winter Universiade

Speed Skating Canada and Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced today the 10 student-athletes who will represent the country in short track speed skating at the 2015 Winter Universiade, February 3-14, in Granada, Spain.

Short track speed skating will be held February 11-13. There is no long track competition at the Granada Games.

The team will be led by Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montréal, borough Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, QC), Jamie MacDonald (Fort St. James, B.C.), Keri Morrison (Burlington, ON) and Caroline Truchon (Saguenay, borough Chicoutimi, QC). They will all make their second appearance in this competition after they took part in the last edition in Trentino, Italy, in 2013.

Rookies Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC), William Preudhomme (Toronto, ON) and Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, borough Jonquière, QC) will all take part in this competition for the first time. They skated in their first ISU Senior World Cups events last fall. Preudhomme won a bronze medal in 500m in his first career World Cup in Shanghai in December.

Pascal Dion (Montréal, borough Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC) and Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, QC) will complete the Canadian team. They respectively took 10th and 14th positions overall at the Canadian Senior Championships in Montreal earlier this month.

“Short track speed skating has a long history of success at the Universiade, with 41 of Canada’s 69 all-time medals,” said Canadian Chef de Mission Darren Cates. “We have a veteran team, many of whom are making repeat appearances at the competition. I look forward to seeing them compete and cheering them on.”

Competition will start Wednesday, February 11, with heats and finals in 1500m as well as qualifying rounds for the men’s and women’s relays. The next day, skaters will compete in 500m as well as in the relay semifinals. On the last day, Friday, February 13, the 1000m events and relay finals are scheduled.

Members of the Canadian Short Track Team for the 2015 Winter Universiade:

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
Rehabilitation Science – Physiotherapy, McGill University

BLAIS, Cédrik
Châteauguay, QC
Tremplin DEC, Collège de Maisonneuve

DION, Pascal
Montréal, borough Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC
Health Sciences, Collège de Maisonneuve

Rivière-du-Loup, QC
Natural Sciences, Collège de Maisonneuve

Toronto, ON
Psychology, Concordia University
Saguenay, borough Jonquière, QC
Sciences/Kinesiology, Université du Québec à Montréal

HARRIS-Gauthier, Namasthée
Montréal, borough Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, QC
Natural Sciences, Collège de Maisonneuve

MacDONALD, Jamie
Fort St. James, B.-C.
Arts, University of Calgary

Burlington, ON
Kinesiology, University of Calgary

TRUCHON, Caroline
Saguenay, borough Chicoutimi, QC
International relations and international law, Université du Québec à Montréal

Coaches Laurent Daignault from Greenfield Park, QC, silver medalist in the relay event at the 1992 Olympic Games, and Maggie Qi from Calgary, AB, will travel with the skaters. Daignault returns for his second straight Universiade appearance.

In 2013, the Canadian team left Trentino, Italy, with five medals.

Patrick Duffy from Oakville, ON, and Guillaume Bastile from Rivière-du-Loup, QC, who will both represent the country at the next World Senior Short Track Championships, won silver and bronze medals respectively in 1000m while contributing to the men’s relay silver medal. National team members Caroline Truchon and Yoan Gauthier also respectively won a silver medal on 500m and a bronze medal on 1500m. Vincent Cournoyer, Sébastien Landry, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Vicky Labourdette, Jamie MacDonald and Keri Morrison were also part of the Canadian team.

Since the introduction of short track speed skating to the Winter Universiade in 1985 in Belluno, Italy, Canada has won 41 medals, including eight gold, in 12 Games, which represent 59% of all Canadian medals in the history of the Winter Universiade.

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

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.

About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.

Official website: www.granada2015.org.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CIS_SIC  
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cissports
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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC

Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC

Ben Matchett
Communications Manager
Team Canada, 2015 Winter Universiade
Cell in Granada: (011) 34-693-816-090
Email: ben.matchett@ucalgary.ca

Matt Gutsch
Communications Officer
Team Canada, 2015 Winter Universiade
Cell in Granada: (011) 34-693-806-291
Email: mgutsch@ualberta.ca