Weekend passports & tickets available for World Cup in Saguenay, Que.

SAGUENAY, Que. – After being away from the region five years, the world’s elite of short track speed skating return to Saguenay, Que., from Oct. 28 to 30 for the second Korean Air ISU World Cup of the 2011-12 season.

Weekend passports and tickets are still available for the World Cup, but speed skating fans are encouraged to take advantage of the sales period for passports until Friday, Oct. 7, at the Georges-Vezina Centre (ticket information). You then have until Saturday, Oct. 15 to exchange your passport for a ticket.

Passports, giving you access to the three-day event, are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Individual day tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, while children six and under get in free.

With the second World Cup expecting 150 skaters from 25 countries, Speed Skating Canada has announced its men’s and women’s line-up. Highlighting Canada’s Olympic and world champions roster are Marianne St. Gelais (St. Félicien, Que.), Valérie Maltais (La Baie, Que.), Marie-Eve Drolet (Laterrière, Que.), Caroline Truchon (Chicoutimi, Que.), Gabrielle Waddell (Red Deer, Alta.), and Jessica Hewitt (Langley, B.C.) on the women’s team, and representing the men’s team are Charles Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.), Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, Que,), Michael Gilday (Yellowknife), Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, Que.), François Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.) and François-Louis Tremblay (Alma, Que.).