2015 Winter Universiade: Canadian short track speed skating team announced

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Jan 30, 2015

OTTAWA (SSK / CIS) – Speed Skating Canada and Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Friday the 10 student-athletes who will represent the country in short track speed skating at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain.

The 27th FISU Winter Games run from February 3 to 14, with short track speed skating set for Feb. 11-13. There is no long track competition on the program in Granada.

Half of the Canadian squad has previous Universiade experience from 2013 in Trentino, Italy, including Namasthée Harris-Gauthier of Montreal (borough Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie), Jamie MacDonald of Fort St. James, B.C., Keri Morrison of Burlington, Ont., Caroline Truchon of Saguenay, Que. (borough Chicoutimi), as well as male teammate Yoan Gauthier of Rivière-du-Loup, Que.

In Trentino, Truchon and Gauthier, both senior national team members, won silver on 500m and bronze on 1500m, respectively, as Canada racked up five short track medals (0-3-2). Gauthier also contributed to a second-place finish in the men’s relay.

Rounding out the 2015 contingent are Joanie Gervais of Saguenay (borough Jonquière), Samuel Bélanger-Marceau of St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., William Preudhomme of Toronto, Pascal Dion of Montreal (borough Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles) and Cédrik Blais of Châteauguay, Que.

Gervais, Bélanger-Marceau and Preudhomme skated in their first ISU Senior World Cup events last fall, with Preudhomme claiming bronze on 500m in his first career World Cup in Shanghai in December.

Dion and Blais finished 10th and 14th overall, respectively, at the Canadian senior championships in Montreal earlier this month.

The coaching staff in Granada will be comprised of Laurent Daignault of Greenfield Park, Que., and Maggie Qi of Calgary. A silver medallist in the relay event at the 1992 Olympics, Daignault was also on the staff at the Trentino Universiade.

“Short track speed skating has a long history of success at the Winter 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.”

The short track competition kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 11, with heats and finals on 1500m as well as qualifying rounds for the women’s and men’s relays. The individual 500m races and relay semifinals follow the next day, while the 1000m events and relay finals are scheduled for Feb. 13.

NOTE: Since the introduction of short track speed skating to the Winter Universiade in 1985 in Belluno, Italy, Canada has won 41 medals (8-18-15) in the sport in 12 Games, which represent 59% of the country’s overall tally at the biennial event.

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

CANADA’S SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING ROSTER

Name – School – Hometown

Women
Joanie Gervais – UQAM – Saguenay, Que. (Jonquière)
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier – Maisonneuve College – Montreal, Que. (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie)
Jamie MacDonald – University of Calgary – Fort St. James, B.C.
Keri Morrison – University of Calgary – Burlington, Ont.
Caroline Truchon – UQAM – Saguenay, Que. (Chicoutimi)

Men
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau – McGill University – St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.
Cédrik Blais – Maisonneuve College – Châteauguay, Que.
Pascal Dion – Maisonneuve College – Montreal, Que. (Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles)
Yoan Gauthier – Maisonneuve College – Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
William Preudhomme – Concordia University – Toronto, Ont.

Coaches
Laurent Daignault (Greenfield Park, Que.)
Maggie Qi (Calgary, Alta.)

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Feb. 11: Women’s & men’s 1500m (heats & finals) / Relays (heats)
Feb. 12: Women’s & men’s 500m (heats & finals) / Relays (semifinals)
Feb. 13: Women’s & men’s 1000m (heats & finals) / Relays (finals)

CANADA’S SHORT TRACK GOLD MEDALLISTS AT THE UNIVERSIADE (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)
Women’s 3000m Relay (Susan Auch, Chantal Côté, Marie-Josée Martin, Maryse Perreault)
Men’s 5000m Relay (Guy Daignault, Michel Daignault, Michel Delisle, Louis Grenier)

CANADA’S SHORT TRACK MEDALS AT THE UNIVERSIADE (8-18-15: 41):

2013 (Trentino, Italy): 0-3-2 (gold-silver-bronze)
2011 (Erzurum, Turkey): 0-3-0
2009 (Harbin, China): 0-2-1
2007 (Turin, Italy): 0-0-1
2003 (Tarvisio, Italy): 1-4-1
1999 (Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia): 1-1-0
1995 (Jaca, Spain): 1-0-2
1991 (Sapporo, Japan): 0-0-1
1985 (Belluno, Italy): 5-5-7

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:

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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.

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-CIS-

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