SHORT TRACK TEAMS
Winners of 37 Olympic and over 200 World Championship medals, Canadians have long been a dominant force in short track speed skating. Headquartered at the historic Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, the National High Performance Program continues to develop some of the top skaters and relay teams in the world.
The Canadian short track National Team is comprised of the top ranked skaters in the country, based on the previous year’s results. These skaters are the cream of the crop and consistently compete – and win medals – at the highest international levels. You’ll see them representing their country on the World Cup circuit, as well as at the World Championships and Olympic Games.
The Canadian short track NextGen Team is made up of the skaters with future podium potential, who have earned their spot based on the previous year’s results and rankings. These up-and-coming skaters can be selected to compete at various events on the international stage, from NextGen competitions to World Cups and World Championships.
The National Program has selected ten athletes to train alongside the National and NextGen groups for the 2023-24 season. Cynthia Mascitto (QC), Jérôme Courtemanche (QC) and Antoine Gagnon-Lamarche (QC) will skate with the Women’s National Team; Alexis Bélanger (QC), William Sohier (QC) and Thomas Simpkin (QC) will practice with the Men’s NextGen Team; and Karina Montminy (QC), Wren Acorn (NT), Nicolas Perreault (QC) and Anne-Clara Belley (QC) with the Women’s NextGen Team.
NATIONAL TEAM COACHES
Working out of the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, our National High Performance Program coaching staff help athletes reach their full potential through training, preparation, analysis, and evaluation. These world-renown coaches contribute a great deal towards the development and success of our Canadian athletes, from the national level to the Olympic stage.
NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
An Integrated Support Team (IST) from INS Quebec works alongside the short track High Performance Program to ensure athletes receive world-class care and support for their training, competition, and recovery programs. These experts in sport science, exercise and medicine coordinate their expertise to ensure that athletes are healthy, fit and psychologically ready for optimal performance.
Director, High Performance (Short Track) and Sport Pathway
COORDINATOR, HIGH PERFORMANCE – SHORT TRACK
Dr. Gabrielle Ostiguy
PERFORMANCE ANALYST, BIOMECHANICS
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
Dr. Luc De Garie
Strength and Conditioning Coach