The University of Calgary Olympic Oval is very proud to congratulate Oval coached Keri Morrison and Jamie MacDonald on their selections for the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. Speed Skating Canada and Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced last week the 10 student-athletes who will represent the country in the short track speed skating event February 3-14. Short track speed skating will be held February 11-13. There is no long track competition at the Granada Games.
The team will also be led by Yoan Gauthier (Rivière-du-Loup, QC), Namasthée Harris-Gauthier (Montréal, borough Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, QC) and Caroline Truchon (Saguenay, borough Chicoutimi, QC). Like Morrison and MadDonald, these athletes will all be making their second appearance in this competition after taking part in the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.
Both Morrison and MacDonald are University of Calgary students fom the Faculty of Kineiology and the Faculty of Arts respectively.
Rookies Samuel Bélanger-Marceau (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC), William Preudhomme (Toronto, ON) and Joanie Gervais (Saguenay, borough Jonquière, QC) will all take part in this competition for the first time. They skated in their first ISU Senior World Cups events last fall. Preudhomme won a bronze medal in 500m in his first career World Cup in Shanghai in December.
Pascal Dion (Montréal, borough Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC) and Cédrik Blais (Châteauguay, QC) will complete the Canadian team. They respectively took 10th and 14th positions overall at the Canadian Senior Championships in Montreal earlier this month.
“Short track speed skating has a long history of success at the 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.”
Competition will start Wednesday, February 11, with heats and finals in 1500m as well as qualifying rounds for the men’s and women’s relays. The next day, skaters will compete in 500m as well as in the relay semifinals. On the last day, Friday, February 13, the 1000m events and relay finals are scheduled.
Members of the Canadian Short Track Team for the 2015 Winter Universiade:
Saguenay, borough Jonquière, QC
Sciences/Kinesiology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal, borough Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie, QC
Natural Sciences, Collège de Maisonneuve
Fort St. James, B.-C.
Arts, University of Calgary
Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Saguenay, borough Chicoutimi, QC
International relations and international law, Université du Québec à Montréal
Rehabilitation Science – Physiotherapy, McGill University
Tremplin DEC, Collège de Maisonneuve
Montréal, borough Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC
Health Sciences, Collège de Maisonneuve
Natural Sciences, Collège de Maisonneuve
Psychology, Concordia University
Coaches Laurent Daignault from Greenfield Park, QC, silver medalist in the relay event at the 1992 Olympic Games, and University of Calgary Olympic Oval program coach Maggie Qi from Calgary, AB, will travel with the skaters. Daignault returns for his second straight Universiade appearance.
In 2013, the Canadian team left Trentino, Italy, with five medals.
Patrick Duffy from Oakville, ON, and Guillaume Bastile from Rivière-du-Loup, QC, who will both represent the country at the next World Senior Short Track Championships, won silver and bronze medals respectively in 1000m while contributing to the men’s relay silver medal. National team members Caroline Truchon and Yoan Gauthier also respectively won a silver medal on 500m and a bronze medal on 1500m. Vincent Cournoyer, Sébastien Landry, Namasthée Harris-Gauthier, Vicky Labourdette, MacDonald and Morrison were also part of the Canadian team.
Since the introduction of short track speed skating to the Winter Universiade in 1985 in Belluno, Italy, Canada has won 41 medals, including eight gold, in 12 Games, which represent 59% of all Canadian medals in the history of the Winter Universiade.
More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca