Olympic gold medallist Bastille highlights Canadian short track roster

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November 29, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Friday the 10 student-athletes who will represent Canada in short track speed skating at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.

The 26th winter world university games are set for December 10 to 21, with the short track competition running from Dec. 18 to 20.

Canada is sending a five-female, five-male contingent to Trentino.

The women’s roster is comprised of Namasthée Harris-Gauthier from Maisonneuve College, Vicky Labourdette from University of Montreal, Jamie MacDonald from University of Calgary, Keri Morrison, also from U of C, and Caroline Truchon, a national team member from Rosemont College.

The men’s lineup includes a pair of national team athletes, Guillaume Bastille from UQAM and Vincent Cournoyer from Rosemont College, as well as Concordia University’s Patrick Duffy, Maisonneuve College’s Yoan Gauthier and McGill University’s Sébastien Landry.

Bastille represented Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he helped the red and white relay capture gold. He also competed in the 1500-metre individual event in Vancouver, finishing in 34th place.

The native of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., is also one of two team members with previous Universiade experience, along with Cournoyer, and both returned home with FISU medals. The former posted second-place finishes in the 1000m and relay in 2009 in Harbin, China, while the latter was part of the silver medal-winning relay in 2011 in Erzurum, Turkey.

Bastille, Cournoyer, Labourdette, Morrison, Truchon, Duffy and Gauthier all attended the Canadian Olympic selections last August. Morrison and Duffy are members of the national development squad.

Historically, Canada has enjoyed great success in short track speed skating since the sport made its Universiade debut in 1985 in Belluno, Italy. Over the years, Canadian skaters have racked up 36 FISU medals, including eight gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze.

No Canadian has reached the top of the podium however since Jeff Scholten’s triumph on 500m in 2003 in Tarvisio, Italy.

Scholten, who added silver in the 1000m in Tarvisio and also claimed Universiade gold (1000m) and silver (500m) in 1999 in Slovakia, will be in a good position to inspire the Canucks in Trentino as he will team up with Laurent Daignault to coach the 2013 squad. Daignault is a silver medallist from the 1992 Olympics (relay).

Team leader Jennifer Cottin and therapist Tiffany Hunting round out the support staff.

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2013/index

Trentino 2013 website:http://www.universiadetrentino.org/

TEAM CANADA ROSTER

Name                                       School                         Hometown                  Events

  • Namasthée Harris-Gauthier      Maisonneuve College  Montreal, Que.             1000/1500/3000 relay
  • Vicky Labourdette                   University of Montreal Greenfield Park, Que.  500/1500/3000 relay
  • Jamie MacDonald                    University of Calgary  Fort St. James, B.C.     1000/3000 relay
  • Keri Morrison                          University of Calgary  Burlington, Ont.           1000/3000 relay
  • Caroline Truchon                     Rosemont College      Chicoutimi, Que.         500/1500/3000 relay
  • Guillaume Bastille                   UQAM                         Rivière-du-Loup, Que. 500/1500/5000 relay
  • Vincent Cournoyer                  Rosemont College       Boucherville, Que.       500/1000/5000 relay
  • Patrick Duffy                           Concordia University  Oakville, Ont.              500/1000/5000 relay
  • Yoan Gauthier                         Maisonneuve College  Rivière-du-Loup, Que. 500/1500/5000 relay
  • Sébastien Landry                     McGill University        Montreal, Que.             500/5000 relay

STAFF

  • Team Leader: Jennifer Cottin (Montreal, Que.)
  • Coach: Laurent Daignault (Montreal, Que.)
  • Coach: Jeff Scholten (Mascouche, Que.)
  • Therapist: Tiffany Hunting (Montreal, Que.)

TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)

December 18

  • 14:00 1500m (women & men)
  • 17:30 3000m relay heats (women)
  • 17:30 5000m relay heats (men)

December 19

  • 14:00 500m (women & men)
  • 18:30 3000m relay semifinals (women)
  • 18:30 5000m relay semifinals (men)

December 20

  • 14:00 1000m (women & men)
  • 18:30 3000m relay final (women)
  • 18:30 5000m relay final (men)

CANADA’S UNIVERSIADE GOLD MEDALS IN SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING (8):

2003 (Turin, Italy)

  • Jeff Scholten: 500m

1999 (Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia)

  • Jeff Scholten: 1000m

1995 (Jaca, Spain)

  • Andrew Quinn: 500m

1985 (Belluno, Italy)

  • Louis Grenier: 500m
  • Susan Auch: 1000m
  • Guy Daignault, 1500m
  • Susan Auch, Chantal Côté, Marie-Josée Martin, Maryse Perreault: 3000m relay
  • Guy Daignault, Michel Daignault, Michel Delisle, Louis Grenier: 5000m relay

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