Speed Skating Canada appoints its 2006 Olympian Kerry Dankers Long Track Program & Communications Coordinator

Speed Skating Canada announced today the nomination of Kerry (Simpson) Dankers as Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator.

Based at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Kerry Dankers will support the Long Track Speed Skating High Performance Manager, Cara Thibault, on all administrative matters. Also, under the leadership of Speed Skating Canada’s Communications and Media Relations Manager, Patrick Godbout, she will execute requests regarding communications, promotion and media relations for long track speed skaters. She will start full time August 17th.

Kerry Dankers was a member of the Long Track National Team from 2003 to 2010. She represented Canada at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where she finished 21st in the 500m event.

Originally from Melville, Saskatchewan, Dankers retired from competitive speed skating following the 2009-2010 season. She earned her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She was named Saskatchewan Athlete of the Year in 2005 and is still involved in the sport of speed skating as an assistant coach at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

Following her athletic career, Kerry Dankers moved to the Netherlands with her husband, where she gained a lot of experience in promotion, special event coordination and media relations as a board member and event coordinator of Delft MaMa, as well as a writer for Delta Magazine.

More information is 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 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.

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.

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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
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/SSC_PVC