2015 Canadian junior champions Noémie Fiset of Quebec City and Ben Donnelly of Oshawa, Ont., headline Canada’s team for the upcoming ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championship and ISU Junior World Cup Final in Warsaw, Poland.
The eight-member team also includes Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa, Maddison Pearman of Ponoka, Alta.
Half of the Canadian team will make their second appearance at the World Junior Championships as Déry, Donnelly, Fiset, Wheler and Weidemann competed last year in Bjugn, Norway.
The ISU World Junior Championships will be held Feb. 20-22 in Warsaw, which will also host the Junior World Cup Final Feb. 14-15 that will include all eight members of the Canadian contingent.
The athletes qualified at the 2015 Canadian Junior Championships held in Quebec City, Jan. 23-25.
Noémie Fiset won the Canadian junior women’s title following her wins in the 500m and 1000m events and her silver medals in both the 1500m and 3000m races, which were won by Juliette Wheler who took the third overall spot.
Maddison Pearman finished behind Fiset in the overall ranking by placing second in the 500m and 1000m events, and third in the 1500m and 3000m events.
Isabelle Weidemann, meanwhile, got her ticket for the World Junior Championships by qualifying for the winter Senior World Cups at the Canadian Single Distance Championships in Calgary in early January
On the men’s side, Donnelly won national crown with wins in the 1000m, 1500m and 5000m in Quebec City.
Christopher Fiola finished second overall but first in the sprint overall ranking following his silver medal in the 500m and three bronze medals in the 1000m, 1500m and 5000m. Alexandre Déry won silver medals in the 1000m and 1500m events while Ruel-Garvey finished first and third in the two 500m events.
Canadian team for the Junior World Cup Final and the World Junior Championships in Warsaw, Poland:
-DERY, ALEXANDRE (Lévis, QC)
-DONNELLY, Ben (Ottawa, ON)
-FIOLA, Christopher (Montréal, QC)
-RUEL-GARVEY, Alex (Calgary, AB)
-FISET, Noémie (Quebec City, QC)
-PEARMAN Maddison (Ponoka, AB)
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON)
-WHELER, Juliette (Saskatoon, SK)
More information can be found through Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
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