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Oval Program Athletes Spence & McLean Selected for National Development Team

Submitted by ryan.ohashi on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:22pm

Congratulations go out to OP Atheletes Heather McLean (Left) & Josie Spence (Right)

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Olympic Oval is very proud to congratulate Oval Program Athletes Josie Spence and Heather McLean on their selections for Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track Development Team. Both Spence and McLean were coached by Oval Program Coach Todd McClements last season, this will mark their first seasons as part of the National team program.

Spence, a 19 year old native of Kamloops, BC competes in the Allround event (500M, 1500M, 3000M and 5000M distances).  Her career highlights include representing Canada in a pair of World Junior Championships and last season – qualifying for and competing in the Calgary and Salt Lake City World Cup events.  Josie’s sister Tori is also a product of the Oval Program and a selection for this year’s National Development Team.  She returns to the development team for the second year in a row after being selected for the 2013-14 squad.

McLean, a 21 year old product of Winnipeg, MB competes in the sprint championship distances - 500M & 1000M.  Her accomplishments include winning a Gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter games, qualifying for the 2012 Junior World Championships and competing in her first two World Cup events last season.

“Both Josie and Heather bring a strong level of commitment to the sport and a great work ethic”  said McClements “As a coach, when you’ve seen the work that they put in firsthand it’s a great feeling to see athletes taking their next steps towards skating at the next level”

Nearly all of the 30 skaters selected for the Long Track National and Development teams are former Oval Program athletes.  This includes several Calgary locals like Gilmore Junio, Jamie Gregg, Kaylin Irvine, Kate Hanly and Brianne Tutt.

Congratulations also go out to current Oval Program athlete Isabelle Weidemann who has been invited to join the training squad for the 2014-15 National Team for the first time.

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